To My Friend
“In short, a good coxswain is a quarterback, a cheerleader, and a coach all in one. He or she is a deep thinker, canny like a fox, inspirational, and in many cases the toughest person in the boat.”
Winter is Nearing
"just socks lost in the dryer"
“No other sport demands and rewards the complete abandonment of the self the way that rowing does… The team effort— the perfectly synchronized flow of muscle, oars, boat, and water; the single, whole, unified, and beautiful symphony that a crew in motion becomes— is all that matters. Not the individual, not the self.”
“To defeat an adversary who was your equal, maybe even your superior, it wasn’t necessarily enough just to give it your all from start to finish. You had to master your opponent mentally. When the critical moment in a close race was upon you, you had to know something he did not; that down in your core you still had something in reserve, something you had not yet shown, something that once revealed would make him doubt himself, make him falter just when it counted the most. Like so much in life, crew was partly about confidence, partly about knowing your own heart.”