My freshman year at the University of Michigan, I joined the rowing team. We were a group of 80 tight-knit guys (and a few coxswains) brought together by one thing: rowing workouts suck. As Daniel Brown put it in The Boys in the Boat, “It’s not a question of whether you will hurt, or of how much you will hurt; it’s a question of what you will do, and how well you will do it, while pain has her wanton way with you.”
While traveling regatta to regatta, I brought along my camera to document the rowing experience. That year, michigan impressively won three national titles: ECAC, ACRA, and Dad Vails.