Having taken up rowing at university, I have competed on and off since, including a few Head of the River races and an entry into Women’s Henley. While being on The Tideway in a small rowing boat can be very choppy and a little unnerving, this challenge is going to see that taken to the extreme. However, this whole adventure is something that I am thoroughly looking forward to and, having been on my radar for a few years, 2018 is the year…..
My involvement in rowing has helped me through some tough times and so as well as the relentless routine and difficulties we will face being a terrific psychological challenge, I hope to help show that involvement in sport or a team project can really help those experiencing mental health difficulties gain a focus and feel a sense of purpose again. Both charities are absolutely admirable in the work they do but growing up in the Army, and with friends still serving, Combat Stress in particular is a charity close to my heart.
I was used to being cold, wet, tired and hungry when in the Army, but I’m expecting this challenge to be on a new scale.
I’m excited, and a little scared, but the thought of not doing it is much, much worse.
The sleep deprivation, leaving loved ones behind, the fear of what lies ahead and more to the point what lies beneath, all add up to what I know will be the hardest mental challenge I’ve ever faced.