Lessons learnt - Day 16

Safety gear on board  Different Worlds  Photo Credit: Michelle Lee

Safety gear on board Different Worlds Photo Credit: Michelle Lee

Today started badly for Michelle Lee as she had just made two huge mistakes which have cost her big time. Firstly, she was preparing her meal by heating the water on her 1 burner stove (on a gimbal) when suddenly a wave came over and knocked the stove. This resulted in a fire which she struggled to put out – so she grabbed the whole stove and threw it overboard – one way to put it out! Luckily she did not burnt herself.
Secondly, after entering her cabin to rest she left opened the hatch just a bit to allow fresh air in. She left it ajar for a minute…… And you can guess the rest! Another huge wave comes over and absolutely drenches all her bedding and sheets.
Lessons now learnt! Fortunately being well prepared she has a spare set of clean sheets and a spare stove.

The view outwards from Michelle’s cabin  Photo Credits: Susan Fielding

The view outwards from Michelle’s cabin Photo Credits: Susan Fielding

Now the really excellent news…..
After her last phone call, and the fact that she’s hitting the oars at night, Michelle had sat down and quietly critiqued herself. She has decided to really disciplined herself by logging every minute of her rowing time. She’s worked out to gain every ounce of momentum with the boat she can do a 2.5hr stint on the oars with total concentration. After this time she looses her concentration and her mind wanders so now she will stop for a small break.

Michelle realised she had fallen into a loose routine and was being distracted by adjusting camera stands, doing this and that, and not rowing consistently all of which was interrupting her mileage. So as a result she’s now being more disciplined and as her last two consecutive 4hrs readings show, her row rate has improved. She has put some solid miles n again against her competitors and made inroads into the two Concept boat rowers. All steps in the right direction.

Finally Tony read out a message to her from a long past friend - her swim coach. This left her on a massive high!

Courtesy of Tony Roberts (Designated Person Ashore)