My whole feeling in terms of racing is that you have to be very bold. You sometimes have to be aggressive and gamble.
No call you make is going to rain boat speed down from the heavens.
We needed to make sure that everyone in the boat understood that simply elevating the stroke rate was not going to be the most effective way to increase boat speed. When the call came from our coxswain to catapult the eight in the last ten strokes, everyone was placing, driving, swinging, and drawing on the boat as one.
If you want to know why you didn’t make a boat, I’ll tell you. You’re just out there hammering the water. You’re killing fish, not rowing.
Going into the last 250 meters, I think “we’re going to win” and the next stroke I think “shut up, you’re not there yet”.
That’s the irony. A crew obsessed with swing will rarely achieve it.
Don’t blindly pull harder, apply the technical proficiency you all have to each stroke. That’s what’s going to make us faster.