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Apr 142012
Crew at Vancouver Rowing Club dock 4 11 2012

Crew at Vancouver Rowing Club dock 4 11 2012 ...waiting on alternate photo.

Right now, the smallest task feels 10x harder than it should be.  Filling a water bottle, putting on sunscreen, writing this blog all require herculean stores of discipline, will-power & effort.  We are adapting.  That’s my mantra of the moment.  We are adapting.  New sleep schedule, finding sea legs, rowing 12 hours a day, new chores & habits. We are adapting.

Hope remains.  Intermittently, feelings of euphoria will overcome me.  I will see two Golden Eagles swirling over an island, meditate on the moon rising over the Strait of Georgia or a pack of playful seals will poke their heads up during a great song on the radio.  These bursts give me hope to keep pushing through the nauseating adaption phase.

Typically, it takes our circadian rhythm 10-12 days to adapt to a new sleep schedule.  It usually takes 4-7 days to get your sea legs and sickness to fade.  The work of rowing does not feel  as onerous as the sleep deficit and the queasiness.  Rowing is the easiest chore on the boat, second to sleeping.

I hear the voice of the Lt. Col. of the Royal Military College that I met once in Kingston, ON.  “We must seek challenges if we want to see the best and worst in ourselves. In challenge we go to hell & visit heaven, but most of all we get to stare our true selves in the eye.”

I’ll let you know what I see.


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  17 Responses to “Adaptation”

  1. Sending you “adaptation” vibes and hoping you have more beautiful bursts of gorgeous moons, seals, and eagles. Sounds incredible on so many levels.

  2. Adam, profound statements. Looking forward to more of your visuals and looking forward to hearing all of your stories along the way!

  3. To the Fine Men of Oar Northwest,
    If memory serves me correctly I believe it is safe to say that things will get better. Watching the “dot” make its way across the water brings back many happy (yes, and anxious) memories. I’m proud of each and every one of you. You’ve fought hard and given up much to be where you are today. However hard it gets, try to remember to live in the moment and be thankful that you have the health, strong bodies and courage to take on this challenge. Your friends and loved ones are sending you strength with their thoughts. I’m watching you almost constantly and sending my love. Thank you so much for the phone call – hearing your voice makes us stronger here at home.

  4. “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” Charles Darwin

    Carry on crew and ‘adapt’….from your friends on Manitoulin Island……

  5. It is 7 AM Sunday morning and you are FLYING !!!! Go team !!!!……

  6. We are praying for your strength, safety and joy in this journey. Romans 5:3-5 “Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us..” Have a great day as you face this amazing challenge.

  7. Good luck guys! I wish I was there with you. Say hi to Jordan!!
    Greg K

  8. Sending you lots of positive thoughts as you move through this phase. You are educating yourselves, but also my students. Thanks for all you are doing! Love looking at where you are on the map…. way to go guys! Wishing you much strength and a continued safe journey from all of us at Quadra Elementary School!

  9. Thanks for the note Marilyn! Give our best to the kids at Quadra!!

  10. Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. Tail wind!!!!!

  12. It sounds amazing out there! Thanks for letting us follow you and learn from your experiences, you guys are so inspiring! Hoping you get through the adaptation period quickly.

  13. Nice. I love Darwin. Thanks for the good words.

  14. Love the Love, Eve. Its getting much better today. 🙂 Jordan loves you more than all of us combined…

  15. More visuals to come.

  16. I think they are working. 😉

  17. Go Team!!!!

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