The last four years have been a fight to be the best rower I can be, to push myself past what others and what I thought my limits were. Tomorrow, I'll line up against five other crews in the Olympic final for the opportunity to win a gold medal.
Time is short. This week the U.S. men's eight -- the last boat to London -- arrives at the U.S. Rowing training center in Princeton for 10 days of final preparation with coach Teti before they fly on July 19 to London for a shot at an Olympic medal.
To compensate for my size, I have developed a program that includes a paleo-style nutrition plan, heavy lifting and lots of interval work. I am constantly seeking new ways to improve my fitness and technique.