Its been a long while since the bright lights of Rio de Janeiro…
We all got to start this season with a clean slate. We pick the lessons we want to learn from the last Olympiad and start afresh with new energy and rested albeit chunky wheezing bodies.
So far this season has been busy but also a bit more relaxed and really quite enjoyable. I kicked off the season with a win at the Pairs head of the River with Jonny. This was meant to set us up nicely for a trip to Boston for the Head of Charles but alas, the pace was too hot and our bellies were still too big. We flogged ourselves for another month and managed a decent win at the Fours head of the River joined by Jack Beaumont and Nick Middleton. Back on track the season continued with a winter assessment here and an erg test there. After a well behaved Christmas we went on training camp up to the mountains in Spain. This was painful and miserable but just what we needed to flush the last of the summer sins out and get our bodies back to some of their past form. This was followed by some good ergo tests and on to our Final Trial where I managed to sneak the win. I thought this would be something I’d be delighted about, but having to beat your good mates is something that I don’t feel like celebrating. Obviously a proud achievement but for me I was way more excited about what was to come after.
Our quads project started in Belgrade at the first World Cup with a Bronze medal which was great in a way because Jonny and I haven’t spent a great deal of time on the podium, but we came back for more than a Bronze and I think we had hoped for more. Moving on to Europeans I went down with a stomach bug the week before and was pulled from racing so had to watch from the bank and run around supporting my team mates. This was frustrating but also a very eye opening experience and I think I learnt some things about the event that I didn’t know before. Now we’re looking ahead to Poznan and hopefully Henley Royal and Lucerne I’m very excited about this project. Its new and we’ve got all the right ingredients. Its just about delivering.