Madrona Farm hosted an amazing Chef Survival Challenge & Feast last weekend. Local chefs teamed up with Olympians from ’92, ’00, 04, ’08 and 2012! Special guests included 1960 Olympic Silver Medalist David Anderson and Saanich-Gulf Island’s MP Elizabeth May. I teamed up with Robin from Sooke Harbour House. His tuna meal auctioned off for $200. Everyone seemed to have a wonderful day and 100% of the proceeds will benefit farmland conservation.
The draw is now out for Wednesday’s semi finals. We race the first of two semi finals at 11 AM on Wednesday morning.
Our semi has Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Canada, Netherlands & USA.
The other semi runs at 11:10 AM and has Serbia, Greece, Australia, Great Britain, France & Poland.
Three boats from each semi final will advance to the final on Friday.
I love this picture because it was taken by our team physio, Matt Tyler, of our team RMT Marcus Blumensaat, “holding up” the giant Olympic Rings along side the rowing course! How true is it that our medical staff holds our Olympic dream together – often times with athletic tape! Thanks to our team here in London and all those who got us here who are still back home.
Phase 1: Erba, COMPLETE. Moving to Phase 2: St Moritz in the morning.
We had a killer workout this morning that put Scott and me on our knees. Continuing to find ways out of that head space, continuing to find ways to squeeze more from our bodies, that’s how we find our speed, that’s how we find our success.
Scott is an incredible guy to row with, always pushing to find more, never satisfied with where we’re at. Even when the chips are down in a workout like this morning he has the ability to find more in the third and final piece of work. Faster, higher, stronger.
Bit by bit.
I have held on to all the letters that have been sent to me over the years from various elected representatives at all three levels of government. Even though something like a letter of recognition is so easy and seemingly insignificant, it is a powerful gesture that an elected representative is willing to stop his or her duties for the minute or two that it takes to approve and sign such a letter.
The letters remind me that my community stands behind what we are trying to do – and that my community is as local as Lochside, but reaches into Saanich, British Columbia and Canada.
PS. Another hot day here in Italy. We had a great row on flat water! I think that Terry took a picture so I will try to get it up on this post a little later in the day.
In keeping with my consistent messaging – this will be my last Olympic Games…as an athlete. Knowing this to be true I have been reflecting a lot on the past while trying my best to enjoy every minute of this final journey.
We rigged and paddled last night in a lightning storm (short row). This morning we went out for a 16Km row. It became very clear to me in the row that we have very high expectations of ourselves every time we are near our boat. Even though our bodies were dealing with the flights and time changes, once we went hands-on the boat we got down to business. Our focus on how we wanted the boat to run was exact and our ability to work together to stay sharp over the entire row was exciting to me. We wrung out as much as we could from each stroke we took.
As my good friend Mike always says “We’re in the short strokes now!”
Speaking of Mike and my friends: The night before I left for Europe I was cleaning up the back yard with Bowen when Mira excitedly came around back. She asked me to follow her around to the front yard, where I found 20 or 30 friends dressed in red & white, holding banners and flags, singing ‘Oh Canada’. They had come to say good luck and good bye.
I find such strength in our community of friends. They have given me and my family so much help over these last few years, knowing when we desperately need help but also knowing when we just need space. I feel incredibly fortunate to have so many friends who care about me and want to see Scott and I succeed at these games (and beyond).
On the way to the airport the group of singers had recruited a few more friends and well-wishers from our community and lined the main road leaving our community, all holding banners and flags again! What an amazing send-off and what a great way for me to celebrate Canada Day. I wish I had a picture to post – if one exists, please share it with me!
Bit by bit.
PS. The picture is of the guys from the 4- and 2- cooling down today after our second row in 35 degree heat!