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Digital Subscriptions > Row360 > Issue 014 - Oct | Nov 2016 > Tales of Time: On and off the water

Tales of Time: On and off the water

GB men's eight Olympic champion Tom Ransley finds that times change and time changes in the life of a high-performance athlete.

“What does time feel like?” A simple yet curious question, asked matter-of-factly by a three year-old. It was the same child I had spotted earlier waving his flag with faultless enthusiasm. I have no idea what time feels like, but I wish I did. Having said my farewells to the primary school children, each awarded a souvenir Brazilian Real, I spent the long drive home ruminating on the texture of time. Not the concept or idea of time but instead I tried to grasp a fantasy physicality of time. What if the physical changes that occur over time could be distilled to reveal “Time, The Tangible". If one could imagine a physical tangible ‘time’ - how would that feel to touch, to hold? What would happen if you dropped it? Can you split and reorder it? Two events stuck out that shed light on the unruly nature of time, and the perception of the rate at which time passes; erging at altitude, and the previous Lucerne World Cup.

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