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Music to erg to, pt. 48

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!

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Music to erg to, pt. 47

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.

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Music to erg to, pt. 45

*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?

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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!


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Music to erg to, pt. 44

I got a great question earlier this week about if it was important for coxswains to have time rowing on the water and I’m curious to know what you guys think. I meant to post the link on Tumblr but forgot so when you’ve got some time, check it out and leave a comment. As I said in that post, I’ve briefly touched on that topic in the past but I don’t think I’ve ever explained my thought process in that much detail before. This is just another thing that, in an ideal world, I’d love to see coaches start implementing into their programs as a way to help coxswains get up to speed. Then again, I’d also like people to stop asking me if I’m the short kid that yells “stroke, stroke, stroke”. I can dream, right?

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Although things have been slow here on the blog (predictably so – it’s summer!) I’m still answering emails every day so feel free to hit me up over there if you wanna discuss anything, have questions, etc. Also, if you’re attending any camps this summer I’d love to get your feedback on them so I can include it (anonymously) in the camps post I do next year. Don’t forget, Google Hangouts are gonna start up soon (more info on that next week) and 1-0n-1 stuff can begin whenever you want! The summer is a great time to evaluate your spring season, assess how you did, and start making a plan for next year so I really encourage everyone all of you to spend at least 2-3 hours a week doing something coxing-related if you’re not participating in any camps or anything. Remember, I’m here to help so feel free to get a hold of me if you want to go over anything, get feedback, etc. Hope you guys are enjoying your summer so far!!


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Music to erg to, pt. 43

You might notice the playlist looks a little different. I finally caved and decided to start making them in Spotify. I’ve held off for a while because there are tons of great songs and remixes on YouTube that aren’t on Spotify but convenience has finally won me over. Plus people asked me to make a Spotify account so they could play the playlists from the app while they’re erging or working out so I figured why not. :-)

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Make sure you listen to #7 on YouTube (it’s not on Spotify) – it’s from the Freddie Mercury tribute concert that was held at Wembley Stadium about six months after he died. I stumbled across it the other night and man was it good. Plan to see a lot of the songs in upcoming playlists because the people they brought in to sing with Brian May and Roger Taylor are legendary. The one in this week’s playlist is “I Want It All“, performed by Tommy Iommi (founder of Black Sabbath) and Roger Daltry (lead singer of The Who). It is AMAZING (as all music, live and recorded, was back then…).If you haven’t yet, make sure you check out the post from Tuesday on the Google Hangouts and 1-on-1 coaching and yesterday’s new recordings post. Have a great weekend!!


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Music to erg to, pt. 42

Hey everyone! Hope you all had a good week, particularly everyone that’s been finishing up training for Youth Nationals this weekend.

So, before we get to the tunes (of which there are a lot of good ones this week) – the survey. Thank you to everyone who filled it out! As of right now (2:45am) there are 145 responses, which is really great. It was so cool (and surprising!) to see what teams you all row and cox for, in addition to where you’re all from. Outside of the US there were people from Italy, the Netherlands, Scotland, New Zealand, France, Australia, Ireland, and England, among others. The breakdown of rowers vs. coxswains vs. coaches was the biggest surprise – I expected the coxswains to outweigh the rowers by a bit but they were actually even at 70 apiece, plus 5 coaches. The three most important things I wanted to get out of this was the Google Hangouts idea, the one-on-one coaching idea, and any feedback you guys had for me. Here’s how the numbers came out for/against the Google Hangouts and one-on-one stuff:

  • Coxswains: 61/70 said “yes” to Google Hangouts and 45/70 said “yes” to one-on-one coaching
  • Rowers: 35/70 said “yes” to Google Hangouts and 11, surprisingly, said “yes” to one-on-one coaching

Here’s why I say “surprisingly” for that last one. I probably should have specified that rowers didn’t have to answer that question but since it said “Coxswains…” at the beginning of it, I think most of you knew where I was going with that so a lot of them were left blank. Anyways, for the people that did say they’d be interested in it, I’ll have to think about how to go about it. With coxswains, it’s easy to evaluate them over the internet because I don’t have to actually see them to critique them whereas with rowers, you’ve gotta have video in order to provide any useful feedback, which isn’t always the easiest thing to get. I’m gonna play around with that idea though over the weekend and see what I can come up with. If you were one of the people who said “yes”, feel free to email me and let me know what you were envisioning. I’d love to hear your ideas on how I could make something like that work for rowers too.

The Google Hangouts thing is definitely gonna happen. I’m really excited that you guys are as into that idea as I am. I’m also excited that the one-on-one thing is something you’d be interested in. I’m gonna spend some time over the weekend figuring out the logistics and then either Monday or Tuesday I’ll post something with more details and then we can go from there.

Alright, now my favorite part – the feedback! Holy crap you guys. There were some great ideas in here for future posts so thank you all for taking the time to write your ideas out. A couple quick notes on that…

  • Several people mentioned “the book”. The book is still all in my head but eventually it will come to fruition, I promise. Thanks for the motivation though to not give up on the idea.
  • Analyzing elite coxswain recordings – I’ve posted several but haven’t really delved into them the way I’ve done with the others, mainly because I didn’t know if it’d be appropriate. They’ve all got decades of experience on me and clearly know what’s good and what isn’t, otherwise they wouldn’t be on the national team(s), so I figured my analysis of them really wasn’t that important. The other reason why I haven’t done it is because there are hardly any elite coxswain recordings online anywhere. I’d love to get some but I don’t know what the protocol is for stuff like that (i.e. their governing bodies might not allow it) but I’ll try to find out.
  • An all encompassing glossary of terminology – Believe it or not, I’ve actually been working on this on and off since about Christmas. I’m trying to be as thorough as absolutely possible with every definition so it’s taking quite a bit of time. It’s a work in progress but it’ll get posted eventually.
  • Google Docs, Pinterest, etc. – There were several great suggestions for creating a “call log” for coxswains on Google Docs, as well as boards on Pinterest for healthy recipes to eat while training, good cross-training workouts, etc. The Google Doc is gonna take some time to put together but I’ll try to get that started soon. Regarding Pinterest, I actually made a RAR one last week for that exact purpose (great minds, am I right?). It’s pretty bare right now but you’re welcome to check it out. You can see all the updated “Words”, which you can Pin/Tumble straight from the blog now, in addition to reading all the neat articles I’ve found over the years. There are some really fascinating ones in there so I definitely recommend checking it out when you’ve got some time to spare.
  • Post more! – Haha, got this one from several people. I’m not sure how much more I could post each week to be honest but as long as you keep sending me questions and ideas, I’ll keep putting stuff up.

One last thing – all the positive comments and “thank you’s” were truly overwhelming and really incredible to read. I wish you guys knew how much it all means to me that you’re able to take something away from this blog. There was one comment in particular that stuck out to me and instantly made me think that if I stopped blogging right now, I could walk away completely fulfilled and satisfied just because of what this one person said. It read:

“Whenever I get a notification from your site, I immediately read the post, so thank you for all your hard work. Ready All Row is hands down one of the best rowing resources I have come across. As a coach, I’ve gained a wealth of information. The biggest change has been how I train/improve my coxswains. You’ve given me a ton of insight – and as a former rower, teaching coxswains was a hurdle you’ve helped me tackle.”

That right there means the world to me so to the coach that left that comment, thank you. I’ve said since the very beginning that if just one person gets something out of this blog I’ll consider it a success, but to hear a coach say that because of all this they’ve changed how they work with their coxswains…wow. I can’t really put into words how that makes me feel. Thanks for continuing to inspire and motivate me – all of this wouldn’t be here without all of you!!

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Music to erg to, pt. 41

Happy Friday, everyone! If you’re racing at the National Schools regatta this weekend, good luck! Let me know what it’s like too, I’m really curious to know what everyone thinks about pitting the SRAA crowd against the NEIRA crowd. Having coached in both conferences I think it’s definitely going to make for some great competition.

I promise I’ll stop posting this after this weekend but if you haven’t filled out the reader survey, please go do it!! I really appreciate everyone who’s taken the time to fill it out so far. You can never have enough information to work with though so – hint hint, nudge nudge – go check it out if you haven’t yet.

Last thing, hopefully no one noticed this while it was happening but I did some minor updating on the blog this week. The ‘About Me‘ section looks a little different (I’ll admit, I was bored…) but it’s been pitifully out of date for months so I figured it deserved some sprucing up. Plus, I wanted to wait until I was actually 26 to post that I was 26. I also added some social media links to the sidebar. That’s another thing you can help me out with – I’m in the process of making a RAR Pinterest to post all the interesting articles and stuff I find but don’t necessarily think would work on the blog so if you have any neat rowing-related articles, playlists outside the ones I post, workouts (erg, lifting, body weight, etc.), tasty recipes for food you like to eat while training, etc. that you’d like to share, send me a link. (No memes or dumb stuff like that though, please and thanks.) I’m also changing the “Words” format to make them more Pinterest and Tumblr-friendly. I actually love how they’ve turned out so keep an eye out for that on Wednesday.

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Music to erg to, pt. 40

The IRAs start today so if you want to see what some top-notch collegiate rowing looks like, make sure you check out the live stream over on USRowing’s YouTube channel starting at 8am EST. NCAAs also start today but I’m not sure if they’ve got a live stream of the racing anywhere. If anyone finds one, feel free to post the link down in the comments.

Second thing – I’ve been trying to get a better idea of who you guys are, where you’re from, what teams you row for, etc. and wanted to ask if you would please spend a couple minutes filling out this survey over on Google Docs. I promise it’s very simple and 100% anonymous. There are also two ideas I’m toying around with that I’d like your feedback on so please head over there and check it out. It shouldn’t take more than five minutes to complete. If you have any questions after you finish, feel free to send me an email.

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Music to erg to, pt. 39

Yo! Send me your favorite songs to work out/erg to, either by commenting down below, messaging me on Tumblr, or emailing me. After 39 playlists and 615 songs (seriously!) I am pretty much tapped out as far as new music goes. I try to keep things fairly eclectic around here so feel free to send me whatever you’ve got. I’m determined to get to at least 52 playlists…

Good luck to everybody racing at Stotesbury tomorrow – hopefully you didn’t get too soggy out in the rain today! Good luck to everyone else racing this weekend too!

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Music to erg to, pt. 38

The Midwest Championships are this weekend at Dillon Lake so if you’ll be there, good luck! Except in the novice 8+, novice light 4+, lightweight 8+, lightweight 4+, varsity 2x, varsity 8+, and varsity 4+, in which case feel free to settle for second place in those races. ;-) I’ll be around pretty much all day tomorrow after 12pm-ish and then of course, all day Saturday and Sunday if you’re there and want to say hi. It’s gonna be raining (of course!) so look for the Cornell rain jacket and blue baseball hat – that’ll be me.

So … recordings. Holy crap you guys. I can’t believe the number of emails I’ve gotten with links to your recordings on YouTube or mp3s for me to post on my channel. It’s been overwhelming trying to stay on top of it all, to say the least. If you emailed me your recording anytime in the last two weeks they’ll be included for sure in the next recordings post that I hope *crosses fingers* to have up sometime this coming week. Please keep sending me mp3s and links though – I appreciate it a ton but it’s your fellow coxswains that you’re helping out more than anything else. Just a couple quick to-dos with those going forward (please read these, it’ll make things so much easier for me, which in turn means I can post things faster)…

  • If you email me an mp3, please make sure you note whether or not it’s OK to post it on YouTube. From here on out I’m going to assume it’s OK to post on my channel but please note that I won’t email you feedback immediately like I normally do, I’ll just include it in the next recordings post. If you’d prefer I sent you feedback right away definitely let me know – I’m totally fine with doing that – but in most cases it’d just be easier to post it on the blog rather than go back and search for your original email (which is surprisingly difficult… #firstworldproblems). Most of the time I can’t sit down and immediately listen to recordings like I’d like to and it really irks me when I can’t reply to an email in a timely manner, so waiting to post feedback on the blog gives me a little more time to work with. Like I said though, if you’re looking for feedback so that you can start implementing things right away, please specify that and I’ll be sure to make your recording a priority.
  • If you’re posting your recordings on your own YouTube channel, please include “coxswain recording”, “coxswain”, or “rowing” somewhere in the title. Whenever I post things I usually title it something along the lines of [the name of the team or coxswain], [what it is, i.e. practice, race, etc.], [the date], and “coxswain recording” in parentheses at the end. Also make sure you take advantage of the “tags” feature and tag “rowing”, “crew”, “coxswain”, etc. I check YouTube every night for any new recordings posted that day and I really don’t want to have to start getting super creative with what I’m searching for. (I mean, I’m committed to this but there are only so many hours in a day.) Remember, as much as I appreciate you guys helping me out, this is really all for you and your fellow coxswains. They’re searching for this stuff too!

I think that’s all the housekeeping stuff I have for this week. Has anyone else noticed that’s what Friday’s playlist posts have turned into? It’s just so convenient… Anyways, good luck to everyone racing at Dad Vails, New York State Championships, Mid-Atlantics, Midwest Championships, Southeast Junior Championships, and all the other regattas happening this weekend!

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