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Music to erg to, pt. 57

This week has been way too long and way too busy. TGIF…

Now that the season is starting to pick up the questions are beginning to roll in – if you haven’t yet, check out the five or six I’ve already posted this week and keep an eye out later for the few I still need to post. Also coxswains, make sure you check out the post I did on race plans on Tuesday. It’s a twist on your typical race plan and is aimed more at the longer pieces you’re doing during practice.

And finally *drum roll* last night “Ready all, row…” passed 500,000 hits. That was the goal I was shooting for before the blog turned two so I’m really excited to hit it a week early. Obviously that wouldn’t have happened without you guys stopping by to read everything, sharing the stuff you like with friends, teammates, etc., and promoting the links across social media so thank you for helping me hit the 500k mark! :-)

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Music to erg to, pt. 56

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.

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Music to erg to, pt. 55

OK so I’ve got a question for all my fellow coxswains. On Wednesday morning my eight did a practice HOCR piece and at the end of it my thumb on the hand I use to steer with (my left) was in an excruciating amount of pain. This was the best picture I could find to explain where the pain was but in the spot that’s highlighted there, it was like someone was stabbing my palm and just twisting the knife repeatedly. I’m not sure if it’s because of the position my thumb was in, if I just had a lot of tension in my hand, or what but it’s never hurt like that coming off the water before. It was, not kidding, probably around 5pm before it stopped hurting and I could actually stretch it out without wincing (and we got off the water at 7am). I’ve steered like this for years and was starting to wonder if maybe it was something tendonitis related. Has anyone else ever experienced anything like that? If so, did you ever determine what the cause was? Any advice you guys have got would be much appreciated.

I’ve gotten a lot of emails lately and seen tons of stuff online about how everyone’s first 5ks/6ks are coming up soon so this week’s playlist is a mostly-heavy rock inspired one to help keep you going while you’re prepping for those. Remember, have a plan, let your coxswain know if you want to be coxed, and focus on staying consistent throughout the whole piece. Flying and dying never worked for anyone!

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Music to erg to, pt. 54

The last week and a half since I moved back to Boston has been nuts. Getting used to waking up at 4:15am again to go cox is gonna take some getting used to but at least I’m getting on the water … can’t complain about that. It’s tough though because I actually have to weigh coxing vs. coaching and decide if I can do both at the same time. Obviously I want to do both but I don’t want to miss practices with the team either. Plus, sleep. I think the fall is gonna be a trial run to see how it goes and then I’ll reevaluate for the spring but right now I’m just focused on getting in a boat for HOCR. I’ll talk more about that weekend in a few weeks but just a heads up – if anyone is gonna be around that weekend and wants to walk the course with me, I’ll be doing that again, hopefully in a more organized manner this time around since the idea didn’t occur to me until the last minute last year.

Getting back to coaching, yes, I am coaching. There was a solid six month period or so where I didn’t think I wanted to (borderline definitely didn’t want to) followed by another month or two where I entertained the idea enough to at least glance at the row2k classifieds. Mid-summer though I saw maybe two positions open up in Boston (there was like, nothing posted for here this year…) so I applied to those and now I’m coaching with MIT’s men’s heavyweight team. Practices started earlier this week and everything has been great so far. It’s been nice actually having something to do and, as we’ve said before when it comes to coxswains, not feeling like part of the furniture. Plus, I’m obsessed with the view of the city from the boathouse so that’s a pretty great perk.

So … yea. In addition to moving, trying to get settled, etc. that’s what I’ve been up to for the last week and a half (and why some of your emails still say “unread”…). I imagine a lot of you have been equally as busy, if not more so, so this week’s playlist is a little more chill than normal. Think of it as one to listen to when you need just enough of a kick to get you started and keep you going but not so much that it drains all your energy just listening to it. It’s probably not the best playlist if you’re trying to do speed work or something but if you’re trying to get in a long, easy run in the mornings or evenings, I think it’d be perfect for that.

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Music to erg to, pt. 53

Hi everyone! Short and sweet today – I’m finally done moving and am back in Boston (woo!) so to everyone who emailed me this week, look for a reply some time this weekend (no guarantees on when this weekend though). Thanks for being so patient the last few days, I appreciate it!

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Music to erg to, pt. 52

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.

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Music to erg to, pt. 51

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! ;-)

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