OK, I realise it was a stupid and flippant question and I apologise! In all seriousness, we all realise that this is an experience that will challenge your physical stamina but when you throw in the discomfort, duress, and the fact that this is all taking place alone in the middle of the Atlantic, I wonder if is it actually more of a mental challenge? You must have considered this and I wonder how you prepare yourself and where your belief and motivation comes from?
From a young age I was taught about mental resilience. But it wasn’t called that back then. It was the “not giving up gene”. When I found something hard, or I didn’t understand it, it just spurred me on to succeed. To finish or complete what I was trying to do. I have carried this through in my day-to-day life. When facing situations in work or personal life I treat this the same… I don’t give up.
When I speak to people about my rowing, they ask why would I put myself through something that is so challenging, scary and completely nuts. Inherently as humans we normally take the path of least resistance. Why choose difficult when easy is… just that, easy. From raising the funds for my rowing, to not pressing snooze on my alarm, it’s a choice I make every day to ensure I give myself the best chance to succeed in my goals.
When I’m out in the middle of the Atlantic, and the closest human beings are actually on the international space station (true fact!), and I’m cold, or hurt and something is broken be it me or the boat, I have to ensure I’m just as strong mentally as physically.
There is no giving up in ocean rowing, there will be no one out there to help me, so I have to rely on myself, my preparation and my skills to overcome any obstacles I may face. Whenever there are times when I don’t feel 100% (and I do have those times), I just consider what is within my immediate control, and what is just influencing my decision by making “noise”. Anything other than what is in my control is no longer my priority. By executing on what is in my control, I usually expand my options towards a more positive outcome.