Canadian Henley

posted Aug 12, 2014, 4:21 PM by City Island Athlete

Canada was awesome between having stunning weather and incredible scenery, not to mention being surrounded by crews from all over the world.  The regatta venue couldn’t have been better (maybe a little less mud would have been nice) and it was so much fun to cheer each other on from the grandstand.  But perhaps the most valuable part of the entire trip was the races themselves. 

After an overwhelming and nerve-wracking series of events leading up to the U19 4+ race (Melanie, Jordan, myself, Maggie, and Natalie B), we reflected and came to the unison conclusion that the race itself was fine.  Not a bad race by any means, but there was certainly room for more power and determination.

The next day, Maggie and I raced in the U19 2x and, despite my miserable bowing “skills”, were confident that we had pushed ourselves beyond our comfort zones.  We both finished exhausted and proud of the 2,000 meters we had just rowed together. 

Fast forward to Friday, which was the day of the U19 8+.  The race felt incredible to say the least and I think I can speak for everyone when I say that we all left more out there than we knew we had in us.  I can personally say that I couldn’t feel my feet for about three hours!

All last week, I was thinking to myself about how exceptional it was that we had not even had three weeks of water practices, and yet we were staying in the mix with some of the fastest crews around.  However, taking a step back I realize that while that might be a crazy feat for other teams, it’s not for this one.  This group of athletes and coaches is the most dedicated one I could ever imagine, and we're successful because we are constantly pushing each other (and letting ourselves be pushed) to go that extra inch.  

Thank you to everyone (especially Guy, Maddy, and Abbie) for making it an amazing week! 

-Natalie K

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