Isaac Kenyon, Ben Ajayi-Obi and Emma Green

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Isaac learned to row for an Atlantic crossing and has since rowed the length of the River Thames with Emma Green who is also new to rowing.
Benjamin Ajayi-Obe is Isaac’s rowing coach from Putney Town Rowing Club and Emma Green was his crew-mate on one of the trips.
We discuss their journey and learnings.
03:00 Isaac sees the big challenges in life which require him to act.
I like to set challenges outdoors – his first was the English Channel swim
06:20 Endurance is the ultimate test of mind, body and soul.
Ben invited Isaac to row the channel
08:00 Ben was 2-3 years into his own rowing and decided to the the Atlantic Row. Isaac has incredible resource for the campaign. Ocean rowing can be learned during the row.
10:30 Putney Town Rowing Club lent us a boat 2x.
Ben let Isaac learn by trying. the priority was boat feel – the rowing machine is forgiving
Self-correcting is a new mindset.
13:00 On the ocean crabbing is part of the row.
Isaac said our first wildlife encounter is 10 days in when it was quiet and he heard a massive whale come up 5 meters away.
Ben’s highlight was unexpected. Cameron and Ben were rowing at night – a full moon and it started to eclipse. The moon turned right red. It’s an event which happens 28 times a century. A super Blood Wolf moon.
19:00 Emma heard about the Atlantic row from a friend.
Isaac’s next challenge was rowing the Thames River
I thought, I could do it if he does it with me!
22:00 We did Abingdon to Kingston over 3 days.
A team of 9 in a sweep eight. Locks are hard to navigate with a long boat.
24:30 Emma did a Learn to row course at Marlow Rowing Club. Once a week for 5 weeks.
Emmas’s Dad coxed for CUBC, Lawrence Newman in 50s.
27:00 We chose Cure Parkinsons Trust as our charity for the Thames row.
On the last day everyone wore the t-shirts

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