Alex Bellini: “Motivation is a cheat”

by Giuseppe Lamanna (translated by Gillian Shaw) (source text)

We live on a planet we call Earth, even though 3/4 of it is covered by water. There have been more men to walk on the moon than who have rowed across an ocean. Alex Bellini has never been to outer space, but he has rowed across the Pacific. Twice.

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Alex Bellini

I’m only jealous of this guy because his profession on his ID card reads: explorer. Whereas I am just a journalist, who rows. Or at the very most, a rower who writes. But because of my job, I met him and asked for his help to find the right motivation, with the aim of spending more hours rowing than in front of the TV. It’s a pity he took the wind out of my sails, telling me not to believe in motivation. Because motivation is a cheat. Continue reading

Now it’s September, what next?

by Davide Petucco translated by Gillian Shaw (source text)

imagesSeptember’s the month when everything starts again: we get back to our usual work schedule, kids go back to school, football starts again, even the winter TV schedule begins…

Ever since I was a child, I’ve always lived September as if it were a magical month, full of promise, the right time to start something new.

Now, as a cyclist, September represents a ‘middle ground’.

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8 golden rules to always being motivated

by Davide Petucco translated by Gillian Shaw (source text)

Welcome back to my blog about our beloved world of cycling.

how-to-fix-lower-back-pain-from-cycling-300x224Often the thing that is missing from being able to achieve your best and reach your goals on the bike, is motivation.

Luckily there are plenty of ways to increase your motivation.

I have put together a list of 8 simple but effective ways of finding the right motivation just when you are feeling low on energy.

1 Set short-term goals. 

Each and every training event should have a specific objective. Objectives are the best source of motivation available.

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Rowing: Don’t say “I can’t!”

by Anonymous Rower (translated by Gillian Shaw) source text

My name is Fabio and I, like many others wanted to be a rower. I was born and grew up in Sardinia and I enjoyed water sports as a youngster. I lived near a large lake, which is where I began to row, when I was little more than a child.

The feeling of being in a boat made me fall in love with the sport there and then. Yet, I was to give it up all too soon. At 19, I left home to go to university. At 31, straight after graduating with a PhD, I dropped everything and moved to Oxford.

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Don’t say: “I can’t!”

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10 things people don’t know about rowing

by Giuseppe Lamanna (translated by Gillian Shaw) original text

Oscar Wilde once wrote that “the public has an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing”. Considering the sales volumes of weekly gossip publications, you could say that he was right.

Luckily, this idea doesn’t fit well with the life of a rower. Amongst the perfect rower’s talents is a deep-seated curiosity and a thirst for knowledge, particularly about the sport itself. Don’t forget the 10 things that people don’t know about rowing and its culture.

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