It pretty much goes by way of a machine called an ergometer. It's a wheel attached to a chain and you pull on the wheel that tells you how much power you're giving, and there's a little monitor that converts that into how fast your boat's moving. There's a virtual boat on the screen. There's something called an Erg Test, where you try to see how fast you can do 2,000 meters, which is the distance for the Olympics. On the basis of that number, you can get invited to try out for the national team. ... If you get a certain score, you'll be invited almost automatically, regardless of your rowing experience, to come try out for some of these national team camps and various rowing clubs around the country. The magic number for heavyweight men is six minutes. If you go 2,000 meters in six minutes and you're a young guy that shows potential, they will say, "come and try out." ... I was with a group of guys on a club rowing team that was very keen to push themselves their absolute hardest, so I just kind of matched their intensity. Because of that and my size, I ended up getting to six minutes within one season.