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By pmallory - Posted on 08 January 2014

5 January 2014

My team will return in a week, and my time to blog will dry up. While I still have the opportunity, here are some interesting riffs on yesterday's blog, starting with today's funny papers . . . [sadly missing in this archive]

Balancing all the alternatives and living your life with real thoughtfulness and true wisdom is of course quite a challenge. Life is hard!

Here are a couple of the many responses I have received today . . .


Peter -

As I sit here reading your latest blog, I can't help but smile to myself and for more than one reason . . .

First, I always appreciate an apt turning of a Bible verse.

Mostly, I'm smiling because I'm relaxing this evening with the well-earned satisfaction that today was my sixth consecutive day of training . . . and I have tomorrow off.

And do you know how I'll spend my well-earned only day of rest per week? Writing out my erg workouts for the next six days!

Perhaps your young men just need a good dose of experience! After all, what's some old fuddy-duddy blowing hot air out the end of a megaphone compared to the raw, legs-on-fire, sucking air experience of having undertrained for race day?

Thanks again.


Peter -

Outstanding essay. Thank you. Of the myriad things you taught me 42 years ago, "doing the work" is one that has never let me down in my life. Running stadium stairs in January is the basis for being ready for a seat race over Spring Break or a regatta in May.

Check this out:

"Everyone has heard the adage, 'The Will to Win.' Great athletes, great people, have something more than the will to win. They possess a tremendous WILL TO PREPARE TO WIN. 'Prepare' is the key word, for even if the desire to be successful is present at the moment of competition, those who are unprepared have little chance.

"It’s a challenge to your self-determination to prepare for the competition through disciplined hard work. That kind of commitment to work allows you the chance to win at the moment of your greatest challenge. Take advantage of the time you have to prepare. The greater the challenge ahead, the greater the need for the will to PREPARE to win!"

"The will to win is nothing without the will to prepare to win." Some credit this line to Bear Bryant. I give it to Juma Ikangaa. It doesn’t matter. I only know that Peter Mallory taught me this in the Winter of 1972.

Be well.


Life is hard, and it takes insight, experience and courage.

Listen to your conscience. Right now it should be saying, "Be nice to people. Do your homework. Eat your vegetables. Go erg."

And give Grover a break. Figure out near and far . . .