Throwback Thursday: Rowing

Going through some old files, came across the visualisation piece I had written for our final race. This was the race we had worked together for 2 years to win. When I read this, I still get nervous! I never recorded big races as had a superstition that the recording may add subconscious extra pressure, plus pressing play was another thing to remember.

Photo credit: cover photo by Benjamin Valsler, Cambridge

The back story…

I moved back from Switzerland after a great autumn coxing and racing there and needed a new crew that wanted to be competitive. I met the Nines boys who had a goal of racing at Henley. The goal was to win a round in two years time. So we got to work.

We were your typical town crew, Okay-ish boat (The Client – part of my heart will forever exist in that shell), we all worked or studied full time, sporadic coaching, and we never had a full 8 due to injury. But we were so hungry, and for some reason, pretty raw. We were also lucky to have a hugely supportive club backing us.

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West Highland Way Race!!

My alarm was going off, it was still dark and I felt distinctly annoyed as it was Sunday. Then I remembered, I am going running!

Now that Max has sailed off to Antarctica for 2 months I needed to replace my missing running buddy somehow. My plan is to fit in training and socialising, by running to friend’s houses for coffee and catch up before either running or taking the train home again. This weekend, to keep it simple, I was going to join the Grand Union Canal and run to Kings Langley. Two 7 mile runs – flat, easy route with food in the middle, plus see my friends. Win!

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Max Holloway Post #1: What you need to know to work in the Antarctic

Many, many months ago, a work colleague and I submitted a proposal to the Collaborative Antarctic Science Scheme to undertake fieldwork in Antarctica during the 2017/18 season. In the proposal, we described how we would travel on a British Antarctic Survey (BAS) research ship and step out onto the Antarctic sea ice to collect snow/ice samples. The goal of this work is to help evaluate methods used to reconstruct past climate and validate some of the climate models we use at BAS.

I was reluctant to get my hopes up and thought that, even with the most optimistic odds, the scheme might let one of us go. Kira, my colleague, was on a temporary 18-month German Science Fellowship so we agreed that, if one of us was to go, she should take this opportunity. However, to my great surprise, our proposal cleared each logistical and administration hurdle until it was confirmed that we would both be travelling to Antarctica!

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