The video below states: “once a skill becomes automatic, thinking about its precise mechanics interferes with your ability to do it”. Rowing well comes from being a good rower. Being a good rower starts with being a good athlete. Being a good athlete comes from the work done to get there. That work includes learning ‘the little things’ correctly so they become automatically correct. Right now we can be putting in so many quality reps to create good athletic and/or rowing skill. Then when the pressure is on, you have all the nuanced work done and you can use external focus on the ultimate goal… boat speed. I am not endorsing the Audible advertisement, but I do highly endorse The Boys in the Boat. It’s a wonderful read.