Music to erg to, pt. 86

We’re leaving in an hour and a half to head to NJ to race Princeton and Harvard tomorrow for the Compton Cup so I probably won’t be answering any new emails until at least Sunday or Monday. As always, feel free to follow along on Instagram and don’t forget to check out my YouTube later this weekend for video of the race. Good luck to everyone else racing tomorrow!

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Music to erg to, pt. 85

This week has been … not the greatest, to say the least. New commitments, very long days, every technological device I own being thoroughly uncooperative, and a never-ending stream of emails all combined with a serious lack of sleep has had me totally unfocused and just going through the motions the last few days. I’m hoping to be able to do a hard reset this weekend and catch up on work/sleep but guys … seriously … make sure you’re getting enough sleep, especially now that we’re in-season and if you’re in college, starting to get close to finals. Oh, and also make sure you’re eating right/enough, even if you’re in weight-loss mode. Nothing kills your energy faster than not having any fuel in your system.

We’re racing WPI, Williams, and Connecticut College on the Charles on Saturday morning – fingers crossed the weather is nothing like it has been the last three days. Good luck to everyone else racing this weekend too!

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Music to erg to, pt. 84

First race of the season tomorrow against Columbia, Dartmouth, and Holy Cross (despite all odds – it was looking doubtful when we were still completely iced in on Wednesday) and I am so pumped. Good luck to everyone else racing this weekend! Coxswains, if you want feedback on your audio just send me a link to the video or an mp3 and I’ll check it out. :-)

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Music to erg to, pt. 83

We’re wrapping up our spring break down here in Cocoa Beach and even more so than in January, I am so not ready to go home. This week has been incredibly productive and just a ridiculous amount of fun. If you haven’t been following along already then you can check out some pictures and video from our trip over on my Instagram at @beantownkmd.

There won’t be a recap post going up today but I’ll try to post it on Sunday once we’re back in Boston. Hope everyone’s having a good start to the spring season!

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Music to erg to, pt. 82

First day of spring = snow in Boston. Typical. Perfect timing though because the team is leaving for our (really last minute) spring break training trip to Cocoa Beach tomorrow morning … or as our head coach put it, “getting out of this frozen hell hole for a week”. The snow banks might be getting smaller but the basin is still completely covered in ice which means no rowing for us anytime soon, thus we’re heading to Florida to try and get some water time in since the season technically starts next weekend. I’m fully committed to spending as little time on my laptop as possible during the day so keep that in mind if you email me, send questions on Tumblr, etc. You can keep up with what we’re doing as always though by following me on Instagram.

Since we are getting closer to racing season, I wanted to remind all the coxswains out there (high school and college) that if you’re interested in working one-on-one with me this spring send me an email and I’ll reply with the details. I don’t want to post all the info here just to avoid making this post super lengthy but the basics of what it entails is meeting on Google Hangouts (weekly has been the most common time but we’ve done bi-weekly as well) for 30-60min and discussing your recordings, questions you have from practice, race plans/strategy, etc. Anything you want to talk about or have questions on, really. If you feel like you’ve hit a plateau with your coxing or you’re just looking for more feedback than what you’re getting in practice, this could be a useful tool for you. I’m working with two coxswains currently so like I said, if you’re interested send me an email. :-)

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Music to erg to, pt. 81

Did you read Tuesday’s post on goal setting? If not, check it out, especially if you’re a rower/coxswain who has definitively said “this is what I want/need to work on this season”.  The last two weeks I’ve been going over evaluations with the coxswains from our lightweight men’s team and that whole goal-setting process is definitely going to be coming up the next time we talk because they all have a lot of things they want to work on, as I know a lot of you do as well. Having a plan, even a loose one, is important when you’re working towards something. Those of you that have emailed me recently saying “I want to be the best coxswain ever, tell me what to do” (give or take…), you’ve heard me say this – you can’t just superficially put in the work, you have to actually put in the work. If that sounds like an overwhelming process to you, read that post.

Are most of you guys (excluding everyone in Boston…) back on the water yet? How have things been going so far?

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Music to erg to, pt. 80

So on Tuesday I posted the link to the 2015 Summer Camps spreadsheet and have since added about 10 more programs to bring the total to 50 or 51 so definitely check that out if you haven’t already and are starting to think about your plans for the summer. I’ve also “highlighted” on the main page the ones that U23 (aka college) rowers and coxswains can do, that way you don’t have to wade through all the junior programs to find something applicable to you. I also posted several questions on Tuesday (which you can read here), as well as this post on things novice coxswain should know as we head towards (in theory…) the start of the spring season.

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