Thursday, July 9, 2009

A New Found Respect for "Paying Attention"!

Octuple in The Hudson River

Yesterday, we were in a octuple (8 person boat) with only 6 women rowing, our coach was the coxswain... The water was fast, the boat was heavy, for many of us (including myself) it was the first time in this LARGE boat. I found a new respect for "paying attention". It was tranquil and beautiful and our 24 year old coach, addressing 6 grown women had our FULL attention. When 1 rower in the boat is out of sync just a little... it throws the entire team off...
As the fog was lifting and the sun rising, the sound of the rhythmic water against the oars and the traffic in the distance across the Tappan Zee is almost surreal. My legs are wobbly, hands blistered, thumbs smashed, every single muscle is screaming... this morning I was in a double ~ if it was ONLY as easy as it looks!

'Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream." Mark Twain

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