This summer, I will be part of a team of four rowers racing against other boats in the Mediterranean from Barcelona to Ibiza. The distance is 200 nautical miles, which will take 3 days of round-the-clock rowing and requires extensive training, which I have been undertaking for the past several months.
Our team consists of amateur rowers, and the challenge is like nothing any of us have tried before. Each of us is spending 2-3 hours per day training, including rowing, cross-training and strength conditioning. We are also completing radio, navigation, and ocean safety training. Ultimately, though, the challenge is as much about mental endurance as it is about physical strength.
The cause we are supporting is a great one. The NOMAN campaign raises money to raise awareness and promote vaccination against the HPV virus, which causes 5% of all cancers in men and women. Since 2013, NOMAN has raised $2 million in the fight against HPV, and the results are clear. In the U.K. scientists recently announced they were on the verge of eliminating cervical cancer in the country, thanks to widespread vaccinaton of girls. These types of policies are the result of years of advocacy by NOMAN.
Still there is more to do and I am looking forward to helping the cause. Thank you for your support in my race and for joining me in the fight to end HPV!