It has now been a week since Sarah and I raced in our Olympic final, and it feels like it has been months! So much has happened between last Wednesday and today that I can’t believe it has actually only been seven days. To all of my fans and supporters who were diligently following my blog leading up to racing, I’m sorry for taking so long to write my next post, but it has been CRAZY here since crossing the finish line.
Last Wednesday morning, Sarah and I were ready to go. We were rested, eating well, mentally prepared, and very excited to race. After watching the race on video today, a week since it’s all been over, I am actually very proud of the way we rowed that race. I would be happy to break the race down bit by bit for everyone later, but overall, we rowed that race very well. Were we at our technical best? No, not quite. Did we tactically race it the exact way we had planned? No, things were not perfect. But we took the situation we were presented, including conditions, lanes, a slower start, and a fast leading crew, and we rolled with it the best we could. When the race was over, I was sure that I had rowed a terrible last 250 meters. But I think the video shows otherwise. We were racing hard, and aggressively, and we just came up a bit short. It is easier for me to deal with an aggressive, early sprint that faded than a sprint that came too late and ran out of room.
The two days following our race, I was heartbroken. To be so close to a medal and then have it slip away was a very hard reality to face. But now that the initial pain has settled, and I’ve had time to reflect upon what Sarah and I accomplished, I’m beginning to look at this experience in a different light. We finished fourth in the world, and we did this as a completely unknown pair that no one expected any strong results from. We almost didn’t even make the Olympic team, and then really seized the opportunity to gain as much speed as possible and be in the medal hunt. I am disappointed that we don’t have some hardware to bring home, but this experience has been completely life changing, and I think we have put ourselves on the international map as strong, really tough competitors. We left it all out there, and you have to be proud of that. Maybe it’s fate that I will leave London slightly unsatisfied…Rio 2016?
Since Wednesday, Sarah and I have been keeping very busy. Check out my twitter to see all the events we’ve been attending and people we’re meeting.
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield,