Thereafter James's aim was to gain as much useful weight as possible. He rowed at Henley Royal Regatta in the summer of 1995 but then took a break from rowing to concentrate on his degree (well, start his degree).
"By 2000 I found myself working in the legal industry in the City but quickly became conscious of the need to find some form of exercise to compliment (and to some extent negate) the stresses and strains of work. Water rowing was not a viable option given the last-minute nature of much of my professional commitments together with the additional time used mucking about waiting for crew mates and rigging boats. However one very obvious possibility presented itself in the form of the indoor rowing circuit."
Re-training started gradually having had a break for a few years, but with a particular focus on training for performance in circumstances where time was valuable and the capacity to recover and adapt from training was more limited than it had once been.