“I am building a fire, and every day I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.”
-Mia Hamm, American soccer player, Olympic Gold Medalist 1996, 2004.
“During their college years the oarsmen put in terribly long hours often showing up at the boathouse at 6:00am for pre-class practices. Both physically and psychologically, they were separated from their classmates….In many ways they were like combat veterans coming back from a small, bitter, and distant war, able to talk only to other veterans.”
Mornings are cold in late September before the sun rises when the whole world is still fast asleep. At least it seems so. And even though the season is still new and you haven’t yet had a regatta your still warm unmade bed is beckoning you back while you scan your closet for something to wear. Some may unfortunately reach for damp sweating spandex piled on the closet floor from the day before because by this time of year the washers are in full swing in dorm basements. That’s reason enough to go back to sleep.
But since you didn’t sleep through your alarm, get going with a mixture of lightweight layers. Get into a routine of laying out the possibilities the night before, like brushing your teeth the night before. This time of year, I like spandex shorts or cropped leggings with a short or long sleeved tee, light weight fleece, windbreaker, and a baseball cap. Carry both docksiders and sneakers in case you run for practice or need a dry pair of shoes after practice. Check the weather the night before to anticipate what will work. You can always alter the weight of what you wear and peel off what you don’t need.