One week down, a week and a half to go. Super pumped for all the racing next weekend and even more pumped for the week-long nap that’ll follow immediately after.
Sprints is on Sunday, we leave for California on Thursday, and the season is over in like, three weeks. What??
Last week I posted the top five things to know on race day and with all the league championships this weekend and upcoming races like Stotes, SRAAs, etc., I definitely recommend checking it out and making sure you (or your coxswains) are prepared well in advance of race day.
I also posted about the blog itself and what the next steps for it are. I’ve gotten a ton of great feedback so far, which I really appreciate, but if you haven’t had time to check that post out yet or fill out the Google Form, you can still do that by clicking HERE.
Keep an eye on your inboxes next Wednesday because I’ll be sending out a link to a quick survey that I would be super grateful if you took two minutes to complete. Lots more info to come but it relates to an idea I’ve been sitting on for the better part of a year. I think you’ll dig it but I’m interested in your feedback to see if it’s worth fully pursuing.
This weekend is the last regular season of racing before Sprints, which is crazy because … didn’t the season just start?? Time flies, man. Time flies.
Heading up to Yale with the lights and heavies today so keep an eye on YouTube this weekend for videos of the races.
Speaking of fast teams, check out yesterday’s post on the three things all fast crews have in common. I also posted a quick video last week on making mistakes, overcoming them, and why getting called out (or calling yourself out) isn’t a bad thing. Definitely a good thing for all of us to keep in mind but it’s especially important this time of year for novices to remember – you’re probably gonna screw something up during a race and that’s OK. Acknowledge it, learn from it, and move on.
MIT and Columbia race tomorrow (along with Dartmouth and Holy Cross) and I feel like one of those parents whose kids play for two different football or basketball teams. I need a uni that’s half MIT and half Columbia so I can rep them both…
Good luck to everybody racing at the Crew Classic!
Wrapping up spring break tomorrow with some scrimmages against FIT and then we’re officially in-season. Yesterday’s post on making moves had those vibes in mind, as will several upcoming posts but as always, if you’ve got questions, especially racing-related ones, feel free to ask or email me.
I’m also always down to listen to recordings too, it’s just a matter of finding a few spare minutes (which have been in short supply lately) to actually do it. If you want feedback prior to an upcoming race, the earlier in the week you can send them to me, the better. If you just want general advice/feedback/critiques that’s totally fine but if there’s something specific you’ve been working on or a specific part of the piece you want feedback on, noting that in your email will significantly expedite my response time.
If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw that last Friday I wrapped up 2.5 years with MIT and on Monday started a new job at Columbia! I’m excited to finally share this since I’ve been sitting on the news since mid-December but back in October I applied for the Director of Rowing Operations role and was offered the job a week before Christmas. Leaving MIT was a hard decision – it’s no secret how much I loved being there – but this felt like a good next step.
The last few weeks have been kinda hectic though and I owe a lot of you replies to emails so keep an eye out for those over the weekend and throughout next week.