Oddanosti sportu je občas třeba přinést oběti největší. Své o tom vědí i veslaři, kteří jsou pro svůj sport často ochotni vypustit duši. To je případ několikanásobného zlatého olympijského medailisty Alexe Gregoryho, který se na sociálních sítích pochlubil tím, jak vypadají jeho ruce po náročném veslování v extrémních podmínkách v arktických vodách.
„Ruce mého dědečka vypadají lépe. A to je čtyři roky mrtvý,“ komentoval fotografie jeden z uživatelů. Alex Gregory je totiž právě na expedici Polární veslování v Severním ledovém oceánu, kde sbírá data o životním prostředí a vybírá peníze na charitu. Daní za tyto bohulibé motivy je však dopad na Gregoryho tělo.
„Takto vypadají moje ruce, když je nechám příliš dlouho v mokrých rukavicích,“ ukázal fotografii Gregory. Na jeho twitterovém účtu se hned strhla vlna reakcí. „Prosím, řekni, že to není pravda,“ psal mu jeho fanoušek Warren Baker.
Své ruce shodou okolností nedávno ukázal i český veslař Ondřej Synek. „Většina lidí chce moje mozoly vidět,“ smál se český veslař.
Gregory se pochlubil na Instagramu i dalšími fotografiemi, podívejte se:
I always felt I had to concentrate hard to be ready for what was coming towards us. Every now and then we'd get a wave that we hadn't seen coming from a random direction that would shock us, but we could mostly watch and predict what was coming. Here me, Sam Vye and Tyler Carnevale are rowing in the cold rough wet conditions we encountered for many days...normally in rowing we say eyes in the boat, here it was all about eyes out of the boat!! #polarrow #oceanrowing #rowinglife #waves #wind #rough #rowing #recovery #focus #endurance #24hourdaylight #arcticadventures #arcticcircle #whitehorses
3/3 It's an easy decision because I want to get home to my family. My three young children need their dad, they need him to be responsible and to make the right decisions in life. They need him to be brave, adventurous, ambitious and to set them the right example, but they also need him to not take unnecessary risks. Where there's a chance, although slim, that he may not come home, the decision to stop has to be taken. The decision is simple. Some will see that as a failure, some will see that as not finishing the project, not reaching the ultimate goal, but I do not. I see this as a massive success. A success far greater in fact than I was expecting. We have done something together as a crew which is really exceptional, we have a whole load of world records and world firsts and we survived. The most important thing for me is that I now have an even greater and far deeper understanding of what my role is in the world, what I value and what I want. I've been so lucky, so so incredibly lucky to have achieved what I have here and in previous sporting endeavours, now what I want is to be with my children and give them some really cool, happy, fun and exciting life experiences and adventures. For that I need to be alive. I'm not heading out into rough Arctic waters in a rowing boat again. Yesterday it was my daughter Daisy's 4th birthday. I'm many many miles away stuck on an island. I found myself feeling extremely sad to miss her opening her presents and blowing out her four little candles. I should have been there, but it cemented my decision not to take any more serious risks. I'll be home soon Daisy. For us here now it's a waiting game. Our skipper Fiann is still trying to bring replacement rowers onto the island to replace those of us who do not wish to continue for whatever reason. As I mentioned it's tough to get people here. We support him in his decisions and project. We are all part of the Polar Row together. There is news that a boat may be coming past next week that may have space on board for us. Hopefully they will be willing to allow us to jump aboard and begin the journey home...
POLAR ROW UPDATE: This smile says it all...the happiness I feel right now to be alive & on dry land!! We have stopped on the island of Jan Mayen which is 370 miles North of Iceland. @thepolarrow crew are all battered, bruised and weary after one hell of an ordeal. We need time to recover, dry out & assess our next options. The water and conditions were seriously cold. I was wet for almost 12 days, 99% humidity and 2 degrees doesn't give you much chance of warming up. My toes have suffered the most. The only warmth came from rowing. So we rowed... The crew rowed to Jan Mayen & arrived last night. We have been taken in by the tiny community here who have opened their arms to us. They made sure we could get warm & dry then produced the biggest most wonderful feast. Nothing has ever tasted so good! They must have seen the desperation in our eyes as we stepped onto the beach. At times I truly believed that I wouldn't see land, my family or anything ever again. I have a new appreciation to life & everything I have. I've never been so cold, so wet, so sleep deprived for so long... So decisions will be made, options will be assessed, weather will be reviewed and I'll do my best to keep you updated. Thank you everyone so far for following the journey! #polarrow #arcticadventures #rowing #wet #alive #freezing #decisions #kindnessofstrangers
The crew have been rowing for 37 hours and have almost lost sight of Svalbard, the nearest land, as they head north into the Arctic Ocean. The boat has covered over 120 nautical miles (225km) since setting off early Tuesday morning and has kept up an average speed of 6.3km/hr. Polar Row is now heading towards the 80th parallel north, where it's likely that they will start to encounter ice. The aim is to beat their own record for the northernmost row ever, before turning south to head for Iceland... • • #arcticsea #polarrow #polarbear #80degreesnorth #pioneer #arcticadventures #oceanrowing #rowing #crewlife #shiftwork #iceberg #row #teamwork #polarrow #adventure #worldfirst #iceland #instadaily #polarcircle #instafitness #ultraendurance #24hourdaylight #bigblue #oceanview #sea #waves
2/3 After around 7 days of tough seas and with failing power supplies we made the decision as a crew to head for the island of Jan Mayen in order to recover, recuperate and fix the technical issues we were having onboard with the power supplies. My feet were extremely wet and cold, clothing damp, I was undernourished but to be quite honest in good spirits as we all were. I was hurting, I had been scared, I was worried about safety but I was happy. I was enjoying myself in the weird way that people do who willingly put themselves in these situations. I've heard it described as type two fun: pretty hellish while it's going on, but once done you realise the experience was so much fun! We were all glad to step foot on land on 19th August where we were met with open arms by some of the Norwegian residents of the military/meteorological base here. Hoisting our boat out of the water by forklift quickly and efficiently we were instantly safe. The best meal I have ever eaten awaited me...and these meals have continued for days since. If you ever come across anyone in need, help them. That is what these people have done for us. In reality all we needed or hoped for was a dry shed floor but we have been given everything. Beds, food, safety, warmth and friendship. The hospitality has been extraordinary on this remote volcanic island in the middle of the Greenland sea and it means so much to us. We have regained strength, I'm still suffering from the effect of cold on my feet along with some of the other crew members but I see it as a small price to pay for the experiences I have had. So on reflection I have decided not to step back on the boat. it's a difficult decision because I'm part of a team, a big team, team Polar Row. For me to be stopping makes it more difficult for the boat to reach the end destination of Iceland. But I support the skipper Fiann and am trying to help and facilitate that happening. This isn't easy though, we find ourselves on an island that is incredibly difficult to get on and off. We were lucky to find it and be allowed on, but getting off is nearly impossible unless you're prepared to stay for months! Continued...