Mahe Drysdale is clutching onto the small internal victories as he continues to work towards the bigger picture.
The double Olympic gold medalist is continuing his long journey towards reclaiming the men's single sculls seat off rival Robbie Manson for the world rowing championships in September.
Drysdale says while progression's been a bit slower than he'd like, he's had signs that things are on the up.
"The mid-rate pace is now going a lot better but I still haven't tested myself at those higher rates and we've got an opportunity next weekend at our first winter series regatta."
Drysdale will next compete against Manson at the opening winter series meet in Whanganui next month.
Drysdale says he'd hoped to have stayed consistent with his progress like other years, but has been a little behind the eight ball so far.
"It has at times got frustrating but it's just something you kinda learn, it's just about being patient and making sure that you do the work because the good thing is that the fitness is there and all the testing and everything is really positive."