In the semi-finals we had a big win over Australia. We have to enjoy that, enjoy the feeling of having a good row.
But the priority is to warm down and recover. In the hours after the semi-final, I can still feel the race in my legs. It's straight into a hot/cold shower, then again later in the evening. It's time to get in and see the physio to relax the muscles, then have a walk and a stretch.
By the afternoon, I'll need a sleep. After the adrenaline is out of the system, I can feel it coming on already.
Friday, the day before the race is a relaxed day — but we'll still do a couple of sessions on the water. They'll be light sessions; paddles with the occasional race pace burst, and the focus will turn to Saturday's race.
And that's just the physical side of things. Mentally, we need to recharge our batteries. We've just raced against some of our rivals in a bid to reach the final. We have to take a bit of time to ourselves, and then in later in the afternoon we can discuss the race.
Of course we cannot help but talk about it in the bus on the way back to the hotel, but we save the more in-depth discussions for later. We all put our points in — about the semi-final the day it happened, about the race ahead the day before we row.
We'll be up from 5:45 in the morning for our final — an hour later we are on our way to the course. We'll paddle 8km in the boat to loosen up, then have about an hour - to relax, in theory — but it's just waiting, really, for the race to start. We're on the water about half an hour before the race starts, and ordinarily we have to go and warm down in the boat before we're finished — although we might skip that after the final. It's a much longer process than the six minutes you see of the race.
The wait, that's the horrible time. We try to take our minds off thing, the living hell of waiting. You don't want to eat, and yet you need to eat. The nerves really rattle around.
I find it so easy to think about the worst case scenario. It's been days and days leading up to this. I just try to challenge myself, so when I'm thinking about the negative aspects, I flip it around and think about the positive sides. If I can't, I try to take my mind off it altogether — watch something, read something. It's a real battle, not just on the water, but off it too.
The rest of the crew are quite similar in their mindframe to me. We're not like the famous Sydney boat in 2000, where Sir Steven Redgrave, Matthew Pinsent, Tim Foster and James Cracknell were four completely different personalities.
We're not afraid to talk to one another about how we're feeling. And they've done all this before in Beijing. They've been there, they've won Olympic gold. So when I see I'm reacting in a similar way to races and preparation to the rest of the crew, I remind myself that it's okay to be feeling the way I'm feeling.
I know by the time Saturday afternoon comes around I'll just be so happy and relieved that it's done. That's not to say I haven't enjoyed it — it's an incredible experience.
It's the closest we'll ever get to rowing in a stadium, with the Eton Dorney fans on either side of the lake. It's a challenge, but it's a privilege.
Alex Gregory is a member of Great Britain's men's four. He, Pete Reed, Tom James and Andrew Triggs Hodge go for Olympic rowing gold in the final at Eton Dorney on Saturday at 11:30 UK time. You can find out how he gets on LIVE on British Eurosport HD or in 3D.