I can't remember the last time I felt this sore. I'm sure it's not due to the training as I have been feeling a bit I'll over the last week or so, but I have an sharp pain in my middle to lower back which has brought all training to a stand still. I must admit it is almost giving me withdrawal symptoms as Jiminy Oarsman (my rowing conscience) sits on my shoulder and reminds me what I need to be doing. At this point in time I am finding it very difficult to balance the demands of a full time job as a rowing coach, Teacher at Peterhouse, and an aspiring Olympic athlete. Each in themselves are a very demanding lifestyle and give little room for much else, I feel something may have to give sooner or later and I hope it doesn't end in crisis management or my name being brought into disregard.
The African Champs squad was announced last week and the focus continues on the juniors, we as seniors have been given the opportunity to go if we so wish, but with no funding or aid. It is my goal to set up a senior squad database and create more of an awareness of our goals and aspirations as I can see a 4x (quad) being a viable option for Rio. Micheen (Mouse) Thornycroft and James Fraser-mackenzie have set us on the right path, awareness wise, with their invaluable contribution to Zimbabwe Rowing at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. We hope that this has given a firm enough footing on the starting blocks as I and others embark on this Quest for Rio 2016.