I figured I would update you all again. After a really tough selection process over the course of three days I was selected to our quad, which is the priority boat for U23 trials. I am currently stroking and I think we are really coming into form. In the quad with me are guys from Princeton, Delaware and a guy who just graduated from UPitt. From what I am told our biggest competition is Malta, which oddly enough is right next to us on Boathouse Row. Trials are the 25th-27th in Princeton. As of now there are only two other boats entered which means we will have a time trial for lanes followed by a final the next day to determine the crew that goes to the World Championships.
It is really interesting training right now as we have no idea how fast the other crews will be and no other boats to pace with, however, the dream of competing for the US at a World Championship is so intense that I can't wait to wake up for practice every morning (sort of...).
One thing I have had impressed upon me so far this summer is that training and racing hurt, but they hurt everyone. The more and the longer you can make it hurt the better. Make it hurt more than your competition and you will most likely come out on top.
I will let you all know how trials go, hopefully I will have some good news to share in the coming weeks.