This is so true: “The only way to compete effectively is to make the boat go fast and the only way to make the boat go fast is to collaborate perfectly with the very same people they’re competing with. It almost requires a schizophrenic frame of mind.”
Related: Books on rowing, pt. 1
This guy, Mark de Rond, wrote the book “The Last Amateurs” which is about the 2007 Cambridge crew and the time he spent living with them while they trained and prepared for The Boat Race.