The Weather Channel is telling me it’s 45 degrees with a high of 57 today…*sigh*. I guess it’s time to admit that summer is really over and figure out what suitcase I packed all my cold-weather gear in. Which actually brings me to an important question for all my fellow coxswains who have small feet like me … as in “I can (and most of the time do) wear size 2 from the kids department” small feet. What boots do you guys wear when it’s cold out? I am in desperate need of finding a pair that aren’t super expensive that I can wear on days like this when it’s chilly but not wet enough to warrant wearing my Hunter rain boots. Bean Boots don’t fit me otherwise I would have bought a pair like, three and a half years ago after I moved to New England. Any ideas? I’ve gotten two or three similar questions this week from other people so I’m appealing to you guys for some crowd sourced fashion advice.
Back to the topic of coxing…did you check out the recordings I posted on Tuesday and the interview I posted with Pete Cipollone yesterday? If not, go do that!! The interview with Pete was something that I had the idea for after getting to read a soon-to-be-published book by a 2012 Olympian earlier in the summer and I couldn’t be more happy with how it turned out. He has some great advice for coxswains (and an important reminder for coaches!) so when you’ve got time, spend a few minutes reading that and sharing it with the other coxswains on your team.
The recordings from Tuesday included two from Marist’s varsity men’s coxswain Chris Leonard and as I said in the post, they’re another great example of what that “coxswain voice” is and what it sounds like. Chris coxed the men’s 8+ that traveled to Russia for the University Games last summer so he’s got a good amount of experience that really comes across in his coxing. The next recordings post will be all head race recordings and if I have enough stockpiled, I’ll try to do an extra post with all HOCR recordings. If anyone has any they’d like to share on the blog feel free to send me an mp3 of your audio and I’ll post it on YouTube.