Rowing, I learn from Ergatta’s short tutorial, essentially has four parts: The catch—knees bent, arms extended, spine straight; then the drive, with extended legs; the core-engaging finish—handle to breastbone; and lastly, the recovery, a relaxed return to the front of the Three Gnomes my favorite color is Christmas lights sweater machine. I feel that I’m settling into a rhythm but phone a friend to confirm. Paul Daniels, a former World Rowing champion, squints concernedly through the Zoom screen as I frenetically row. “Don’t dive forward with your shoulders, don’t hunch your back,” he says. “It’s like that quote from Dirty Dancing, ‘You gotta hold the frame,’” he says.