When you go out on that water, I don't want you to be thinking. I want you to be doing. I want your mind to be blank, to only be thinking of the rhythm your oar makes in the locks as it goes to the water. I want you to forget everything that is on your mind now.

Clip, click, splash.

Everything that is bothering you, everything that is weighing you down. Everything that keeps you unfocused. That's land bound crap. It belongs on the earth, not on the water, or even near the boat racks.

Clip, click, splash.

Leave it on the docks. You don't have to worry about it. It will be right there when you get back. For now, though, let is slid right off you and onto the wood. Then go row.

Clip, click, splash.

Right now, we have to fight for every advantage we get on the other team. We can't go into autopilot yet. We have to be there.

Clip, click, splash.

We have to be aware of every moment. Every painful drive and recovery. Every ache running through our bodies.

Clip, click, splash.

We need to fight, we need to kick and scream and pull and scratch. That is how we will get our advantage.

Clip, click, splash.

What ever hurts now, I can tell you something will hurt worse by the end of this race.

Clip, click, splash.

We will not walk away from this moment thinking "I could have rowed faster."

Clip, click, splash.

Or "I could have fixed that and made this smoother"

Clip, click, splash.

Refuse to have doubts or regrets about this race.

Clip, click, splash.

You have to sit in the boat.

Clip, click, splash.

You have to be strong.

Clip, click, splash.

You have to pull.

Clip, click, splash.

Most of all

Clip, click, splash.

Just

Clip, click, splash.

Go.

Clip, click, SPLASH!

Dedicated to Joel Skaliotis, the only coach that puts up with a team full of "land bound crap".