If you haven’t seen the newest coxswain recordings post, go check it out. There are only three this time around but they’re all really good ones that I know you’ll like. One is from the University of Washington in 2012, one’s from the Crew Classic in 2003, and the last is Mary Whipple’s audio from London. Also, if you haven’t read the post on keeping a notebook yet go read it too. I tried to answer some of the common questions I get as well as a couple that you guys have asked over the last few weeks.
Lots of fun stuff is happening in the next couple weeks that I am really excited about (on the blog and in real life). In addition to all that, with summer coming to an end I’ll also be transitioning out of “summer mode” and getting back to posting regularly – yay. Notebook stuff will go up next Tuesday, new recordings post on Thursday … I forget about what’s scheduled for the following week but since school’s starting soon I’m pretty sure it’s geared towards novice coxswains. If there’s anything you want me to post though, feel free to send me your ideas. I don’t have any problems bumping the stuff I’ve already written for your guys’ requests.
Since school is starting soon (some of you have apparently already started, most college kids will be going back this week and next week…), I figured I’d mention this too. One of the things we talked about during the Google Hangout was doing bi-monthly hangouts instead of monthly hangouts, mainly to try and avoid the busier times of the school year (and not run out of things to discuss). I thought that was a good idea so that’s the plan for now. That means the next one will be in mid-September-ish and will probably most likely be HOCR-related. AND, regarding July’s hangout … YouTube wasn’t being cooperative and I couldn’t get the on-air stream to work so that’s why I haven’t posted it yet. I’ve been planning on quickly filming some of the stuff we talked about but the August-motivation-slump has been in full force the last couple of weeks so that hasn’t happened yet. I’ll get it done and up soon though.
Also, in light of recent events this week I wanted to put this post on suicide awareness and prevention out there again. We’re not all dealt perfect hands in life and there’s no shame in seeking out help when you need or want it. For those of you who are upperclassmen now, keep an eye out for your new teammates, especially the freshmen (high school and college) since the transition from middle school to high school and high school to college isn’t always the smoothest or easiest. If somebody looks like they might be having a rough time, reach out to them and let them know you’re there if they need something. If you think it might be a little more serious than that or you aren’t sure how to approach them, go talk to your coach, a teacher, one of your guidance counselors at school, etc. and ask them for advice. You can also obviously always email me if you wanna talk, want/need advice on something, etc.
Happy Friday! Good luck to all the masters rowers in Michigan this weekend too and don’t forget to actually leave the beer tents once in awhile! ;-)
So after procrastinating on writing this post for
almost two years a really long time, I’ve finally started working on putting together a thing on notebooks. I know I’ve talked about stuff here and there but there’s just so much I could talk about that I think I’ve just been too overwhelmed by trying to put it all together that I just keep pushing it aside entirely. I got an email asking if I could do a post on them though so I guess the time’s finally come to get it done. Some requests for things to talk about so far include how to organize everything, what to write down, how to keep a notebook when you can’t immediately write down everything you’re seeing (like if you were on the launch or something), how to use it for race prep, etc. If there’s anything you guys want me to talk about (or if you’ve got any tips, advice, etc. that you want to share) send me an email or comment down below.
This week’s playlist is pretty EDM-heavy. I was talking with someone earlier this week about intervals and how well this genre fits those types of workouts so if you’ve got any 5x1500m’s lined up, this playlist should definitely be able to help you get through them.
Yesterday the blog crossed 450,000 hits, which I’m pretty excited about. Last June it hit 100,000 hits after eight-ish months of existence and in the year since then it’s gotten 350,000+. How cool is that? New mini-goal: 500,000 by October 1st (RAR’s 2nd birthday!).
Oh PS, good luck to everyone heading to Canada next week for Canadian Henley!
Is it freaking anyone else out that next Friday is August 1st? Where has the year gone? Weren’t we all just lamenting the fact that we’d all be getting on the water way later than normal because the polar vortex seemed like it was never gonna let up? I’m taking it as a sad sign of getting older that this year feels like it’s been all of five minutes long…
So, anyways…I got an idea for something cool earlier this week while I was working on a project (hence the serious lack of posting this week) and need some help from those of you in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. I don’t want to give away too much yet but if you happen to (actually) know your senior national team’s coxswains (the ones that competed in an Olympic Games…that’s crucial) and would know the best way to get in contact with them (email would be fantastic), please shoot me an email. Thanks guys!
Did you see the latest recordings post that went up yesterday? If not, go check it out! There are some good ones in there, including a few from this year’s IRA, Stotesbury, and Dad Vail regattas. Don’t forget, you can find all the recordings I’ve posted so far under the “coxswain recordings” tab up at the top of the page.
Also, don’t forget – tomorrow at 6pm EST will be the first Google Hangout! Those of you that signed up will get an email from me this afternoon so keep an eye out for that.
*waves American flag*
I’m just saying, if you’ve got any big plans for this weekend and you’re in need of some music, might I suggest this awesome America-themed playlist that I’ve put together? There’s Jimi Hendrix playing the National Anthem at Woodstock, Bruce Springsteen, CCR, Johnny Cash, Tupac, Grand Funk Railroad, and the Boston Pops playing Stars and Stripes Forever. I mean really, what more could you ask for?
Mark your calendars – the first Google Hangout will be July 19th, 2014 at 6pm EST. Are you excited? I’m excited. What do you guys want to discuss? I’ve been getting a ton of recruiting questions this week on here and via email so that’s always an option but I’d love to hear any suggestions that you guys have. Comment below, email me, or message me on Tumblr between now and this Sunday, July 6th. I’ll post the topic and sign-up sheet on Monday. Don’t forget to share this with your teammates, Tumblr/Twitter followers, etc. so we can get as many people involved as possible! (If you want more info on the Google Hangouts, click here.)
Have a great Friday/4th of July and to everyone that’s in the path of Arthur, stay safe!