The gym that you can’t leave!! That’s where I am now. Rowing 12 hours a day 7 days a week in a 2 hour on 2 hour off watch system. It’s the only real way you could possibly keep me in a gym willingly. The draw to want to put myself through something like this is predominately the location. The raw natural beauty, fresh air, the nature, the sunrises and sunsets and the star filled skies that fill our days. This peace and tranquillity allow the mind to wander and give time to file and organise the head whilst gaining a six pack and a tan on the outside. So in my eyes it’s a no brainer. Rather than it being about crossing the Atlantic in the smallest boat I could ever Imagine doing it in under man power alone it is about the internal and external cleanse you receive whilst doing it.
We are approaching what will hopefully landmark the first quarter of our trip as we plan our turn towards Antigua in a few days time. Having seen the race finish on numerous occasions and it being my 13th time across this stretch of water it will undoubtedly be one of the most rewarding and memorable trips.
So other than the internal/external cleanse why else would we as a team want to do this? The first reason would be that it’s in all of our natures to push ourselves from our comfort zones as a solid reminder that anything is possible in life. Would you believe me if I told you more people had been into Space than rowed across the Atlantic?
Another reason is to set the example to our families and friends that they too can do anything if they put their mind to it. A good friend of mine asked me if I would be interested in going into business with him before I left. I laughed at the very thought of this and responded “I don’t really think I’m cut out for the business world” I imagine I would spend too much time fannying around the vending machine or photo copier in an office situation but nevertheless it’s a good feeling when people see something in you that you can’t particularly see yourself.
It dawned on me just the other day that Christmas and New Year is a big time for partying and anyone who know me knows that this is something I do extremely well. I guess I put the off switch that I can’t switch off when on a night out or at a social gathering to good use in an endurance event like this. There will be plenty more fun times to be had and it will be refreshing to roll into the new year feeling fit and fresh rather than fat and f*%ked.