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11/9 2011

Welland 2011 (NRCs)

“It’s time” has sat on this website as the last blog entry for the past 2 months. Seconds before I left the hotel room in Bled for the final I scribed it in order to build suspense towards my next entry. Along with the great race I expected, the entry never came. We finished 5th, well out of the medals.

I’ve done a lot of reflecting on the events that unravelled in Bled. In the end, the best thing an athlete can do with a poor showing is learn from it and put it behind them – so that’s what I’ve done. We’ve had some great training since, and now I find myself on an Airbus 321 en route to Ontario for Rowing Canada’s National Rowing Championships (NRCs). It’s our small boat regatta, our ranking and our 2nd performance requirement for federal funding.

There are 25 pairs racing. 4 pairs from the Victoria Training Centre (VTC) Small Boat Group (SBG), the group I train with, and 5 from the guys fighting for a spot in the 8+ (the 8+ group). The other 16 are development and provincial teams from all across Canada.  I have an innate respect for the rowing skills of the 8 pairs I know I’ll face this weekend, and know better than to count out any adversaries I’ve never faced before. As such I walk into this weekend with my eyes wide open.

My first race in on Friday morning. I will update my blog afterwards.

Dave

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