The time is finally drawing close to when we get to race. Tomorrow we have our heats and for two days we have been watching some racing looking forward to getting out there.
|Will in the stands for first day of racing|
This morning we had a crew meet about the racing ahead and Chris our coach show the footage of the men’s pair where the Kiwi’s broke the World Best Time by 6sec. We discussed some obvious things we saw in how they raced their heat. I have to say they did a great job of showing the World of rowing how to make a boat fast. It was great to see the guys do it and I am looking forward to seeing them finish off there 4 year champaign over this week.
|Watching some racing with the boys|
Our day today has been pretty relaxed and as we went down to the course the do our pre-race row the stormy weather had come and gone a few times during the day. We got on the water and hadn’t gone past 750m when officials told us we needed to row back as course was being closed. We naturally shook our heads and returned to the pontoons. Just as we got the boat back the sun came out again. Its was as if someone was playing a joke on us. So we headed off to our team tent to relax before doing some ergo before heading out again once the course re-opened.
|Will & Chappo watching on|
The course was quiet and after a couple of days hearing the crowds it was cool to be out there with the only the wind and a few crews.
|Team tent resting up|
We don’t know what will happen in the racing ahead but I am happy we have done all we could to be prepared to race well. We are simply focused on what we have to do and how we have been practicing to row. After tomorrow we will know more about how we have come out of our training block and how this compares to others.
|Watching the starts of the double scull heats|
What I have been feeling at times is the slight nervousness which only really happens when I find my mind wandering around trying to reconcile what is ahead of us. The being drawn forward in time involves so many variables which we can not control or even comprehend yet. Its this type of thinking which gets my heart jumping slightly and so much of what I have been doing is noticing this and then settling by bringing myself back to here and now.
Its a waiting game that we have to contend with most and reminders this week about making every chance, every session, every stroke, each day count. All has built up to this for us and tomorrow the reality of where we are at will become more clear.
Thanks to everyone for all the support and well wishes.