"From the time an oarsman steps into a racing shell until the moment that the boat crosses the finish line, he must keep his mind focused on what is happening inside the boat. His whole world must shrink down to the small space within the gunwales. He must maintain a singular focus on the rower just ahead of him and the voice of the coxswain calling out commands. Nothing outside the boat - not the boat in the lane over, not the cheering of a crowd of spectators, not last night’s date - can enter the successful oarsman’s mind."
"The boat doesn’t want to flip, it wants to fly."
Said to me by one of my coaches when I first started rowing in a single. Needless to say, I haven’t flipped. (via the-chick-in-stroke-seat)
"Rowing is like life. You have a vague idea of where you are going and a good picture of where you’ve been."