I'd rather be Rowing.

“Do not judge me by successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”
— Nelson Mandela (via perfect)

(Source: alittledoseofsunshine, via runingly)

Holiday ergs

Holiday ergs

Goodbye for now!

The boathouse has been my home for the past year. I’ve watched countless sunrises and sunsets on the river. There were times when I took more showers at the boathouse than my real house. I took naps on the floors. I became a better athlete during workouts that tested my limits. My team became my family. I went out on the river in a single today and the water was beautiful for one last row. I will miss the river, and the boathouse. I will definitely miss my team. Tomorrow I will take one last trip to the boathouse, and then it’s off to school. I know I’ll be back eventually, but until then it’s off to a new place and a new boathouse.

“inside every athlete is that one demon, hidden down in the back of your mind that screams at you not to finish the piece. it tells you you’re not good enough, this hurts, lets go home and watch more tv. in a crew it is easier to squash that demon, to beat it down and use those around you to push yourself further. whilst not easy to do having team mates makes fighting your demon manageable. It is the single sculler who has the real fight, or the athlete who has decided that the only way they will improve is by training themselves outside of the programme. those who train alone truly come to know their demons, “whos going to notice if you dont finish this piece”, “what difference is that extra stroke/rep/minute going to really make.” every stroke the demon screams at you and every stroke is a fight to push him further down. champions are those who learn to break their demons because come race day when that third 500 starts to scream and for everyone else the thoughts are getting louder and louder but a champion already knows how to beat that voice, they have spent their summers beating that little voice into submission in the back of their minds and when everyone else starts to hurt they are able to sit up tall and give that little bit extra. other rowers are easy to conquer, its our own heads we have to work at”
— (via pleasedontfeedthelightweights)

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