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Assault on Lake Casitas Paperback – March, 1990
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Interestingly, the shell has survived and has recently been acquired by Lake Casitas Rowing Association, which is a rowing club that trains at Lake Casitas. I have rowed this boat, and it is still in good condition, although it probably will not race again. A good example of preserving our athletic history.
Both those statements were nuggets of wisdom given to beginning rowers. Both rowers praised the wisdom of the advice given to them, in retrospect. So which is it?
This book will answer that question and many more. Brad Alan Lewis is that unique blend of the rugged individualist - from putting roofs on homes by himself, to setting up his own training and competition - and the off-beat iconoclast, eschewing the Olympic grinder and Harry Parker's Harvard system for his own.
The book is a fast read, or at least was for me because I wouldn't put it down, to my wife's chagrin. While he doesn't tell you exactly how he trained, he does drop fascinating tidbits: As many as 4 workouts a day, lots of high-intensity intervals, heavy weights in the weight room, always having competitition lined up to race against - even if it's a women's eight.
It was worth reading about the good, the bad & the ugly of the rarified rowing world, and about how he managed to use strategic thinking - without stabbing others in the back - to use the "outside track" to get back into the race for gold, and eventually to bag a gold medal.
If you row, read it. If you're involved in sports, especially individual ones, read it. If you're a goal seeker who needs grit & determination to reach your goals, read it. I loved it, and I suspect you will too!
Lewis's tenacity, which sees him past the hard times to a shining victory, is inspiring.
Certainly there are a hundred untold stories like this one, where someone was unable to prevail against the powers that be, in spite of valiant efforts, but Lewis's story gives the hope and inspiration which may yet boost one's own situation up, out of the untold, and into the legendary.
Would love to see this done as a movie!
I know Brad's father. Dave Lewis is a runner and we ran together for many years. I guess I could say I have known Brad's father for hundreds of miles. Dave talked proudly about Brad and his quest for gold in the early 80's.I don't think any of us who knew Dave, had any doubts that his son would achieve his goal. And then he did. I have never seen a prouder dad. I was so glad that Brad gave his family so much credit for his success. My 5 star rating is well deserved.