46 days...

The next time I cross a finish line, all being well, will be after my first race of the Rio Olympic regatta. We have no races left to test things out against our competition, no opportunity to right any wrongs in racing strategy.

We have met our competition, we have weighed them and we have measured them, so far we have got the better of them. But I know these guys. They are from Australia, Italy, France, Greece, all over the world and I class many as friends. I respect them and know what they will be doing in the next 46 days. I know because I will be doing the same. We are all after the same thing, we all have the same dream. It’s taken four years to get to this point, four years of testing day in day out, pain every day. Four years of uncertainty, not knowing if we’ll make it to this point, because you can never be sure.

But here I am, I’m in the best position I can be in leading up to the Olympics. My three crew mates are superb athletes who motivate me to be better. I’ve been in the winning crew at 5 consecutive major championships. This hasn’t happened by chance, this has happened because I’ve been doing what my opposition will now be doing. 46 days until the Olympics begin, 46 days to get it right. We’re nearly there.

The podium in Poznan, last race before the Olympics. Gold GB, Silver Italy, Bronze Australia. Photo courtesy of Italian Matteo Castaldo.

The podium in Poznan, last race before the Olympics. Gold GB, Silver Italy, Bronze Australia. Photo courtesy of Italian Matteo Castaldo.

Posted on June 20, 2016 .