Music to erg to, pt. 105

Guys, guess what? Yesterday was the blog’s THIRD birthday. Thanks for hangin’ out with me the last three years and making Ready all, row… what it is.

Several posts this week, including a couple questions on Sunday/Monday (here, here, and here), Tuesday’s recruiting post on some “basics” for contacting coaches (which you might not have thought of before), and yesterday’s post on the default things you should always be looking for during practice (and occasionally races). Those four things should eliminate any possibility of you thinking “I don’t know what to say”.

Music to erg to, pt. 104

First full week of practice is done and official visits + HOCR pieces kick off this weekend. I guess this means that we’re officially back into the swing of things…

If you haven’t checked out this week’s posts yet, you can find them here and here. Tuesday’s recruiting post was on the general timeline you should be following your junior and senior year, as well as what you should be considering when looking at schools and teams. Thursday’s “coxswain skills” post was a follow up to last week’s steering post and talked about “always steering” vs. “never steering”, what “small adjustments” really means, and steering on auto-pilot.

Music to erg to, pt. 103

Slowly but surely we’re getting back into the grind of things despite the fact that I think we’re all still wondering how it’s already September. (Seriously though…) We’ve got an incredible group of guys coming back though and a solid bunch of recruits (made up of eight rowers and one coxswain) so needless to say, I’m really excited about the upcoming year. Hope you guys are off to a good start too!

If you didn’t see yesterday’s post on novice coxswains, check it out here. Even though it’s about novices it’s geared towards those of you who are varsity/experienced coxswains so I really encourage you to read it when you’ve got time. To reiterate what I said on Tumblr, make it a point to help the novices out because you were in their position once and there’s a pretty good chance that you were wishing someone would clue you in on what being a coxswain meant, what you were supposed to do, etc. Remember that feeling and then help the new kids to NOT feel like that.

Music to erg to, pt. 102

I’ve been in Maine at the Northeast Rowing Center this week and won’t be home until Sunday afternoon (after which point I plan on passing out for several hours) so if you’ve emailed me this week I probably won’t have time, energy, or good enough WiFi to reply until Sunday night/Monday.

Music to erg to, pt. 101

So I’ve been spending most of the summer going through pretty much every rowing-related bookmark, PDF, etc. that I have on my laptop so I can crank out some posts and get them queued to go up throughout the year. Several of you guys emailed me with some really awesome ideas that I definitely plan on including so be on the lookout sometime over the next week for a follow-up email from me about that. If anyone else has ideas, suggestions, etc. for stuff to post about, definitely send me an email. My list of ideas can never be too long.

Music to erg to, pt. 100

…and to celebrate 100 weeks of playlists, I give you basically the longest playlist ever – 1,327 songs (which totals 89 hours) to get you through pretty much every workout you’ll do for at least the next year. This includes nearly every single song from the previous 99 playlists, which a bunch of you have been asking for for awhile now. Enjoy!

Starting next week, I’m going to be alternating when I post the FBF posts and these playlist posts. Both can be time-consuming to put together so hopefully spacing them out will make things a little simpler. The FBF posts will now have two weeks worth of old posts in them instead of one so they’ll be a little longer but since that seems to be a popular series I’m hoping no one minds the increase in length. Feel free to let me know what you think though.

Finally, if anyone is going to the Sparks camp in Middletown, CT next week … I’ll see you there!! I’ll be one of the coaches so if you see me, definitely say hi! :-)

Music to erg to, pt. 99

I know a lot of people are racing at Club Nats today and this weekend so good luck!! Hopefully the wind on Harsha is tamer for you guys than when I raced there – or at the very least, it’s a tailwind. ;-)