Music to erg to, pt. 97

If you’ve sent me an email or asked a question within the last week (or two…), keep an eye on your inbox this weekend. I’m determined to get everything posted and replied to by Sunday night. Have a good 4th of July!

Music to erg to, pt. 96

Did you see the new recordings post that went up yesterday? There are four really awesome ones in there, including one from our repechage at IRAs. I also posted a couple new questions on Tuesday, one of which asks a really good question about eliminating rush on the recovery and finding a sustainable rhythm while still maintaining the appropriate pressure.

Also, because it’s summer, just a reminder that now’s the ideal time to take a week or so off from training and just relax, re-evaluate where you’re at with rowing (if necessary), etc. I’ve been getting some panic-y emails lately from both rowers and coxswains so I just wanted to remind everyone that your mental health is just as important whatever other training you’re doing right now so don’t neglect it. Where the mind goes the body follows…

Music to erg to, pt. 95

New recordings post (and the first one in awhile!) will go up next week so keep an eye out for that. I’ve already got a couple recordings lined up but if you’ve come across any good ones (high school or college) this year feel free to send them to me and I’ll include them in either July or August’s post.

Also, I have a pair of JL trou that I want/need to sell so if you’re looking to get some, hit me up. They’re black with a blue racing stripe on the side (similar to these) and are an XS. I think I wore them twice to race in so they’re in pretty perfect condition. They’re $38 from JL but I’m selling them for $25 and shipping’s on me if you’re in the US. I’ve also got an aux adapter for the Cox Box that I’ve never used (the packaging hasn’t even been opened) that I’m selling for $45 (NK sells them for $69). If you want either (or both…) send me an email!

Music to erg to, pt. 94

Everybody that’s racing at Youth Nats this weekend – good luck!

If you didn’t see last week’s playlist post, check it out. This summer is going to be less about blogging and more about writing and I need your ideas! I also posted a handful of questions on Tuesday so give those a read as well.

Music to erg to, pt. 93

Whew. There is nothing better than turning off your 5:15am alarm and knowing you don’t have to turn it back on until September. Since officially wrapping the season up on Sunday night this week has felt very … empty, I guess … since I’m not spending what feels like most of my time at the boathouse. It’s been a nice break though. As some of you have probably figured out, I’ve been ignoring my email and Tumblr inbox for the last week (OK, last two weeks…) but don’t worry, you can expect to hear back from me or see your questions posted on here by Tuesday at the latest.

On another note, I’m not sure how much blogging I’m going to be doing this summer. A lot of the things I want to do with the blog aren’t things that are going to happen right away so unless I get questions on here or Tumblr, you probably won’t hear much from me for awhile. I didn’t anticipate how little time I’d have this year, especially this spring, to actually create content for the blog and instead of actually writing stuff I feel like I just collected ideas but never got around to actually doing anything with them. I want to spend the next several weeks just creating content but I don’t want to post it all right away because I feel like I’ll end up in the same position next year as I was this past year, where it’s a Monday or Wednesday night and I’m freaking out trying to figure out what I’m going to post the next day. That was really frustrating, not just because I hate doing things last minute but also because I feel like the quality of the blog went down a bit because of it (at least from my perspective).

So, here’s what feels like my annual request/plea to you guys: send me ideas. What do you want me to write about? What do you want to know? What do you want to see? Who should I talk to? Email me, message me on Tumblr, comment on here, or tweet me at @beantownkmd. For the most part I’ve kept it private up til now but for as much as I use Twitter to share the stuff I find cool, I figured I might as well utilize it to start sharing my own stuff. I haven’t gone so far as to start a Ready all, row… hashtag but we’ll see what happens. Like I said though, I need ideas and am always on the lookout for stuff to talk about on here so … help me out!

Music to erg to, pt. 92

Heats today (at 11:36am!), semis tomorrow, and finals on Sunday. Wish us luck!!

Music to erg to, pt. 91

Somehow managed to not hit “publish” on this on Friday so here it is now. If you follow me on Instagram then you saw that last week we were seat racing for the four we’re taking to IRAs, which is this coming Friday through Sunday. We’ll be leaving on Thursday (early Thursday) so just a heads up that I’ll most definitely be unreachable by email between Wednesday afternoon (May 27th) and the following Monday (June 1st).

Keep an eye out for Tuesday’s post, if you’re looking for some last minute ideas for calls as we start to bring the spring season to a close then you should find this post helpful.