Some MORE inspirational words of wisdom for you as we move into our season:

"There is advantage in the wisdom won from pain." Aeschylus

"In rowing... I found a sport that demanded some skill, granted, but placed a much higher premium on plain hard work and persistence." Harry Parker, legendary coach

"A couch potato would be lucky to get three liters of oxygen a minute... [Rowers] average 6.5 to 7" Fritz Hagerman, sports physiologist

"There are days when you hate it, but when it comes down to it, nothing beats making a boat go fast and the feeling you get from training hard. That's what is satisfying." Christine (Smith) Collins

"Rowing is an absurdly simple sport. I can easily guide a beginner through the right technical motions. The difficulty arises when the beginner attempts to repeat those motions on a bumpy race course, at 40 strokes a minute, with his heart rate zooming, and an opponent charging up his stern." Brad Alan Lewis from Assault on Lake Casitas

"When you are rowing well and hard, the rhythm of the stroke takes over. It drives your days and restores your nights. It imparts cadence and direction. You feel like you and the boats are one, you feel that no obstacle will put up and more resistance than the water does to your oars, you feel that hard work and grit and mental toughness will always win it for you in the end." Barry Strauss from Rowing Against the Current

"To dream anything you want to dream. That is the beauty of the human mind. To do anything that you want to do. That is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself to test your limits. That is the courage to succeed." Bernard Edmonds

Here are a couple of races that you guys would find interesting plus the one of the links is of my eight at vesper doing a 500 meter piece.

This is a coxswain point of view from a race by Drexel University, which are a very good crew out of Philadelphia. (Bonus: if you watch the beginning of the race, you will notice the boat to their starboard side is Washington College. I was in that boat.)

This is the coxswain point of view from the Head of the Charles from Michigan University. The head of the Charles is a world famous race in Boston in late October. 

This is the eight at vesper rowing the 500 meter piece.