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The Pain Cave
By Ryan Haarstick, VI Form
“Last five-hundred! We are three seats behind. Power ten. Here we go!
One.two.three.four,” barks the coxswain from the bow of the boat.
I need to make sure my pulling is hard. I am exhausted. I must clear my mind, stop thinking, and keep my eyes in the boat. My shins are paralyzed; I cannot lift my feet. I have to push through it.
Since ninth grade, I have been rowing with the St. Mark’s Varsity Crew Team, working my way from the fourth boat to the second boat, and finally to the first boat. Now is not the time to give up. I took my teammate Alex’s seat at the top, and as the youngest member in my boat I have to prove myself. I focus on (more…)