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Music to erg to, pt. 69

Hey everyone! Couple of quick updates…

  • There was supposed to be a new recordings post this week but I didn’t have time to listen to all the audio so I’ll be doing that this weekend. Keep an eye out for that on Tuesday.
  • After spending way too much time reading the NCAA D1 manual over the last few weeks, I took the recruiting exam yesterday that all D1, D2, and D3 coaches are required to take and passed with a 100%!! The reason I’m sharing this is because I know you guys have a ton of recruiting questions, questions about NCAA rules, etc. so now that I’m more familiar with the rules I’ve got some stuff planned for 2015 that I think/hope will help inform you guys a bit more of the overall process, what’s permissible/impermissible, etc. Keep an eye out for that starting in January.
  • Similarly to how I started posting all the old posts from 2012/2013 earlier this year, I want to start going through my email archives and including some of those questions in the weekly flashback posts. (Up until now I’ve posted less than five total from the 770 email threads (easily 3000+ individual emails) currently in my inbox and the rest have come from Tumblr or straight off of here). Before I do that though I’ll be emailing everyone that originally asked the questions I choose to post if it’s OK for me to include them here so keep an eye out for that over the next several weeks.
  • Last but certainly not least, I need ideas! What should I write about? Every few months I get in this rut where I can’t think of anything to post and I’ve kinda been in that spot for a couple weeks now. Luckily it’s winter and the majority of us are inside anyways but still. Let me know what you guys wanna see, either via email, Tumblr, or in the comments.

Have a great weekend! :-)

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Music to erg to, pt. 68

This week’s playlist is a throw-together list of songs that I’ve heard people working out to down at that boathouse over the last few weeks. I don’t know who was listening to J. Lo and Iggy Azalea’s “Booty” on Wednesday but I laughed when I walked into the boathouse and heard it playing. I like to imagine it was one of the lightweight men because it’s just funnier that way.

Did you guys see the gift guide I posted yesterday? If you haven’t shopped for your rower/coxswain friends and siblings yet definitely check it out. Also check out the post I did on coxswain evaluations on Tuesday. In it I detailed how I organize our evaluations and included a template of the evaluation we use and the spreadsheets I made to collect all the data so that you guys can use them with your teams too if you’re interested.

Happy Friday and good luck to everyone who starts finals next week!


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Music to erg to, pt. 67

Hey everyone! Sorry to be so MIA the last two weeks. I’ve been spending a solid chunk of time reading through the NCAA manual so I can take the recruiting certification test at some point in the future so I haven’t been doing much blogging recently. Keep an eye out for next week’s post though – new recordings, coxswain evaluations, and the much requested “gifts for rowers and coxswains” post. Enjoy the weekend!

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Music to erg to, pt. 66

Happy Friday everyone! I hope everybody had a great Thanksgiving (or just a great Thursday if you didn’t partake in the gluttonous festivities). Regardless of whether you’re getting some steady state in to help work off yesterday’s big meal or you’re getting up obnoxiously early to do some Black Friday shopping, this playlist should definitely help get you moving. Have a great weekend!

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Music to erg to, pt. 65

Tomorrow is our last day on the water which seems crazy because I’m pretty sure it was just August and we were getting back on the water to start the season. Time really flies when you’re having fun.

Fun fact: There are now officially 1000 SONGS on the Google Doc. :-)

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Music to erg to, pt. 64

Soooo … about that polar vortex. It was cold yesterday morning but 18+ hours of #rokerthon (yes, I’ve been watching…) has prepped me for even colder temps and SNOW later this morning and I am pumped. If you’re out in similar temps, make sure you’re wearing the appropriate clothes (aka smart layers) and utilizing the space suits if you happen to have some on hand. Check out these posts too for some tips on layering up as the temps start to fall (1, 2, 3).

PS don’t forget to check out the new recordings I posted yesterday. All of them are pretty good practice recordings, including one from inside the erg room. I’ve been getting lots of requests lately for this kind of audio so I hope this holds you over for a month until December’s post.

PPS today’s playlist is awesome so turn the speakers up and get some good steady state in. Sprint season is right around the corner!

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Music to erg to, pt. 63

I love the post-DST fall season, winter, the snow, the cold, etc. but man am I getting excited for this winter training trip. Part of my preparations for that are getting two weeks worth of posts lined up so I don’t have to spend our downtime working on blog stuff so if anyone has ideas, things they want to see, stuff you want me to cover, etc. please shoot me an email. I’m open to pretty much anything and am always happy to push back my own stuff to post what you guys want so any ideas you have, feel free to send them my way.

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