Thursday, 16 June 2011

Macauley's thoughts on Henley

MACAULEY KENNEY, Class of 2013

Well I don’t think I can compete with the novel the Fabulously Fresh Four posted (plus there’s a movie right now in the background) so I’ll keep this short. Today, in what we’re learning to discover is true English fashion, the weather pulled a 180 from yesterday- 90 degrees and sunny- and was morosely gray and rainy. Despite this the other women’s teams have started to arrive in Henley in preparation for the weekend, and the traffic on the river is unbelievable. It’s such an incredible change to be surrounded by so many crews (although all the distractions are making it a bit harder to keep our heads in the boat) and the race mindset is definitely starting to set in. Both the four and the eight are starting to get prepared for Friday, and in our down time we’re all trying to get the most out of the last few days in England. In addition to napping, of course, which may be the team’s favorite activity. Every day after practice there’s a mass rush towards food, and then an almost synchronized crash onto couches and floors as we all fall asleep. 
I promised to keep this brief (and I’m three minutes past the time coach wanted this sent in) so I’ll wrap up. Racing is in two days and we are without a doubt ready for it- wish us luck and we’ll be back on the other side of the pond soon!

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