June 12, 2022

Start Line Musings - Andy Triggs Hodge - 12 June

We start our attempt to circumnavigate the UK today, Team Albatross along side Sea Legs and All Systems Row. As I’m sitting on the train into London, a bizarre sensation is bearing down on me - something I recognise. The last 6 months has already left an indelible mark on me and I’ve no doubt the next month will have its own.

We’re all leaving loved ones behind, people close to us who support us through thick and thin. I can’t put into words how much I’m going to miss Eeke, and the boys. I know I have Eeke’s support -though I also think the boys are going to make the next month tougher for her than my trip - but tearing myself away from the people who mean the most to me isn’t easy. However there is something about challenge and development that is an essential part of us. My biggest hope for this venture is that my kids see what I’m doing and in turn would feel supported and encouraged to find opportunity, to challenge themselves, and rise to that challenge (I hope it doesn’t backfire and they hate me for leaving them!).

In extension, this touches on my passion for London Youth Rowing, and Active Row, and the virtual platform we built. Discovering our potential is a long series of small steps. I hope that for the schools taking part on GB Row Virtual, the seeds are sown that they can achieve beyond their own perceived horizon - the horizon is different for everyone but it’s the same journey to push back, and it starts with what you think you’re capable of.

 My resolve is that it’s good to get out of my comfort zone from time to time, it’s good for the soul! Especially to support such a great programme, Active Row.


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