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ROWING: Andy Triggs Hodge column
6:00pm Saturday 5th October 2013 in Sport
Moving between an elite athlete to a husband is a strange old mix. Coming home to my little house in Oxford from the relative highs of the pointy end of the rowing season presents its challenges.
From our hotel to the course, to the money invested in our performance there is an understandable pressure to perform, not only from us the athletes, but the expectant bill-payers and fans.
Of course there is an underlying love of the sport, but we cannot get away from the responsibility we owe to the people around us.
This has an ability to focus the mind, forcing my actual life into another part of the brain where it remains until I come home.
Though when it is needed, it is usually needed in haste. After being away for weeks or months, home definitely has a different set of rules.
The rules for rowing have to exclude the joys of home life, the freedom and team work I enjoy, and the ensuing responsibilities of being a husband.
This role is far more challenging! But give me a few days and I’m usually well into transition. But this depends on the rowing. If the result was good, I can put it behind me.
If the result was bad, it’s hard to put it down. My mind will not rest until I can make sense of what went wrong.
But as always, just when you think you have it licked another challenge presents itself! In two weeks Eeke will give birth to our first child. So while we’ve read some books, taken some advice from parents and friends, NCT classes, and websites, nothing will prepare us for life after the big day.
And this is where the rub comes! What happens when the rower has to come out?! Our first training camp is in November.
When I get back, I don’t think I'm going to recognise the home I left! How will I adjust, How will I know what the new husband/father is expected to do?
Like with most challenges in my life I am not sure of the outcomes, but I always maintain a positive outlook until it all goes wrong.
However, in this case I just don't know how I’m going to do! Babies, so I understand, change everything!
Being away is a necessity and becoming an expert in adjusting back to home life something I can do!
Perhaps I’m quite well prepared!
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