I alone chose power

A butchered quote from "Assault on Lake Casitas". But totally applicable to me. So much so I just got one of those silicone wristbands made with that on one side and "nothing beats me" on the other.

Why the power quote? Because something in my head looks at a tough session "5×1250/3r @ 2k+5" for example – and says "I don't want to do that!! That looks like hard work!!"

The truth is, I don't have to do that. I can back off, settle into my comfort zone, still be faster than a lot of other rowers and make it all feel a lot easier.

But – that's not me. Or at least, that's not how my goals let me be.

If I want to stay near the top as I got further into my 40s I need to try harder.

If I want to come back from Boston happier next year I have to try harder.

If I want to break the 1k record, I have to try harder.

So when I'm faced with a tough session like this I need to attack it hard. The line that I need to cross to be able to do it is the line that will let me improve. Stay behind this line, and I'll just stand still.

I'm done with standing still.

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2 Thoughts to “I alone chose power”

  1. Mark Perry

    Really like this website John. Recently got back into rowing after a long lapse and it is great to read someone’s well-considered thoughts on the subject.

    1. johntherower

      Glad you’re enjoying it. It’s bit of a manic/depressive journey at times when I read over the past couple of years… Good luck with the come-back!

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