It hurts a lot but they quickly find out that no matter how much it hurts you can keep doing it. We hope that'll carry over into their racing, that they realize when they're racing really hard that the body's gonna say "no, I don't want to do this" but they find out that they can make the body keep doing it, they can keep making the boats go fast. The people who learn this best are the ones who win races.Harry Parker Harvard University
To be a teammate, coxswains have to act like teammates. Learn as much as you can about rowing. Learn how to row. Participate in team land workouts. Watch your teammates on the ergs and get to know where they struggle physically, physiologically, and mentally. Those elements can be just as fundamental to success on the water as boat feel and executing a perfect race plan.
In rowing, the transcendent moment is called "swing" and those of us who have rowed for lifetimes have maybe experienced swing three or four times. It doesn't happen very often but when it does it really is a different dimension. It's where all eight bodies in the boat are absolutely in sync and every stroke is as perfect as it can be and then all of a sudden the race is over and you don't remember anything about the race except that you ended up two boat lengths ahead. It's an extraordinary kind of experience, really quite an oxymoron, it's a physical out of body experience or a mental out of body experience. It's part of that transcendence.