The start of The Four Oarsmen’s grueling adventure across the Atlantic isn’t far off – the team of friends are due to begin their journey in little over a couple of months. The team know that putting in the right amount of practice is paramount if they are going to complete their trip. Dicky from The Four Oarsmen told us about the work that has gone into helping them achieve that.
We’ve tried our best to come together at least once a month (minus myself sometimes as I am based in Texas) for some training and team time. However, the row is a full-blown project, from fundraising to PR to training, so we have a weekly team call every Sunday to keep things moving along. I’ve flown over 3 times this year for week-long training sessions!
Previous competitors we have spoken to have said time on the boat is absolutely key to success in the race, so we’re not going to argue with that! If we stand any chance of winning the race, the primary focus when we come together later this month will be on recreating race conditions and making sure we know our onboard equipment inside out.
We have a 24-hour on-land row coming up in October (at a 3-day conference in Nashville, Tennessee). Whilst this will be a great opportunity to maximize our fundraising for our two charities, it will also help flag up any niggles or weaknesses we still need to work on. We’ve already completed two grueling 24-hour rows earlier in the year so we know what to expect (which isn’t necessarily a good thing!).
We’ll be following The Four Oarsmen as they take on their next training challenges, all in aid of Mind and Spinal Research UK. You can find out more about their fundraising and training here.