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07/3 2012

Send-offs

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.

Dave

PS. The picture is of the guys from the 4- and 2- cooling down today after our second row in 35 degree heat!

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