Music to erg to, pt. 136

Yesterday I posted a few gift ideas for rowers and coxswains that’ll hopefully make finding the right present a little easier, particularly if you’re a last minute shopper. Also check out last week’s post on “getting on the erg“. This is a great way to improve your technical eye during the winter and work on your understanding of how the stroke feels vs. what it looks like.

Music to erg to, pt. 134

I don’t know about you guys but I have never been so ready for a week to just be over. The last few days have been rough and as easy as it would be to just stay angry, all that’s going to do is keep us in the same place we are now instead of moving us forward. I’ve felt pretty lost this week and while I’m still trying to figure out exactly what I can do in the coming weeks, months, and years, I know that in the interim I’m going to be even more determined to help you guys grow into the leaders we need right now. If all of this has proven anything it’s that we all need to stand up for what we want, deserve, and believe in and not rely on others to do it for us. It starts with us and as coxswains, on our teams, it starts with us.

On Tuesday night I wrote a post on leadership and coxswains that I hope you’ll read and share with your teammates. Being a leader is hard. It’s not easy, it’s not always fun, and it’s not always going to make you popular … but if you uphold the values that are important to your team, hold yourself and others accountable to the standards and goals you’ve set for yourselves, and commit to doing what you can to make things better for those around you, it will earn you respect. Freshman, senior, man, woman, it doesn’t matter – we as coxswains need to step it up in all of those regards because it starts with us.

I want to do what I can to help you because I recognize that if I’m asking you to be better, I have to be better too. It starts with me. So, tell me what you need. Tell me how I can help. What challenges are you facing, what questions do you have, what tools haven’t you got. Let me know so that we can collectively move forward with a goal of doing more and being better, not just for ourselves but for each other. It starts with us.

Music to erg to, pt. 133

On Tuesday I posted a follow-up to September’s post on evaluating practices so if you haven’t read it yet you can check it out here. This one is about evaluating your race performance and gives a couple things you can look at to help you gauge how well you did and where you can/should make improvements. I’ll actually be referring back to that post a few times next week too as the three questions in there will be key points of the conversations I have with our coxswains as we go over the videos from HOCR (both of which I posted earlier this week on YouTube), as well as the feedback they got on the first round of  coxswain evals that the guys filled out yesterday.

Music to erg to, pt. 132

Last weekend before Head of the Charles. If you wanna do some last minute prep, check out these posts:

HOCR: Getting to the starting line

HOCR: Steering through the bridges

HOCR: Landmarks along the course

HOCR: Steering around the turns

HOCR: Race plans

HOCR: Yaz Farooq’s coxswain clinic

HOCR: The course in meters (roughly)

HOCR: Weeks, Lowell House, and “The Turning Tree” (video included)

Taking the Weeks turn with a new fin on the Empacher (video included)

Next week’s gonna be pretty chaotic so if you’ve got any HOCR-related questions, ask them before Tuesday because I’ll be off the blog from then until at least the following Monday. Good luck!

Oh, and if you’re coming into town and don’t want to deal with cabs (trust me, you don’t) or the T (again, trust me, you don’t) and you still haven’t signed up for Uber yet, you can get a free first ride (up to $20) if you sign up here.

Music to erg to, pt. 131

Guess what? The blog is 🎉 four years old 🎉 tomorrow!

Earlier this week I posted some tips for managing a head race that will hopefully be helpful now that we’re fully in-season and HOCR is coming up fast – you can check that post out here. Last week I also posted three things that coxswains should consider when evaluating their practice performance, which you can read here.

Looking ahead really quickly to HOCR weekend, if anyone wants to walk the river with me this year, Thursday the 20th is gonna be the day I do that. Shoot me an email if you’re interested!

Music to erg to, pt. 130

Yesterday I posted two great questions on dealing with injuries and communicating with your coaches about your recovery, taking time off, etc. – you can check those out here and here. The key takeaway from both of those is that you must communicate with your coaches, regardless of how approachable or not they might be.

I also posted on Tuesday about five things you should do as a novice coxswain (or whenever you join a new team) to ensure you have a smooth start to your coxing career.