Music to erg to, pt. 128

One week of camp left and then … school starts. I’ll be in Maine this weekend but will try to answer emails when I can throughout the week so if you emailed me while I was in CT + NY + PA, stay patient, you’ll hear back from me soon.

Did you see this question from yesterday on swearing while racing? If not, check it out and also check out the USRowingRefs account on Twitter. They’re a good resource and worth the follow. Other posts from the past two weeks include this one on how to prioritize and organize your calls, what it means to be a walk-on, and the latest edition of “qualities of a varsity coxswain“.

Music to erg to, pt. 127

Last day of camp tomorrow and then I’m done … for two weeks, before going to Northeast Rowing Center for a week. It has been a busy, busy, busy few weeks so if you’ve emailed at any point in the last month (or I’ve promised you an email), you should start seeing replies starting sometime next week. Thanks for being patient while I’ve been working, traveling, and coaching!!

Music to erg to, pt. 125

So just a heads up to everyone, things are about to get incredibly busy for me starting mid-week next week and going into … pretty much the end of August. In addition to three straight weeks of back-to-back camps (and other week of camp two weeks after that marathon wraps up) I’ve got a couple other big projects I’m working on that necessitates putting the blog and answering emails on the back burner for a couple of weeks. I’m going to be setting my email to vacation mode on Wednesday July 13th so if you try to get in touch through there you’ll get an immediate auto-response back saying that you probably won’t get a reply until at least mid-August. Same goes for questions that get posted here on the blog – I can’t guarantee that I’m going to have time to write out a quality response so it might be a few weeks before you see it answered. Regular posts will still go up as scheduled but everything else is gonna be super low key for awhile.

And on that note … check out this week’s post on the “inside arm, outside arm, wide-grip drill” if you haven’t yet, as well as last week’s recordings post which featured another set of recordings from Kaitlin Snyder. These ones were from the Crew Classic in 2008 and 2009 when she raced there with Washington. I talk a lot about awareness in that post so if you’re going to be at either the Middletown or Penn Sparks camps, you might check that out since you’re going to hear us talking about awareness a lot.

Music to erg to, pt. 124

Last week I posted my thoughts on the Cox Orb (tl;dr I love it) so for those of you who aren’t familiar with it or might be in the market for some new cox boxes, definitely check it out. I’ll be doing some follow-up posts to it in the future (answering any questions that I didn’t answer in that post (email me if you have any), showing how different features work, etc.) so keep an eye out for those in the coming months – probably on YouTube. And, speaking of YouTube, I posted the last five GoPro vids of the season yesterday, including the four’s race at IRAs.

I also posted a couple questions yesterday (here and here), one of which included the shortest answer I think I’ve ever given on here. The second question was a three part question that asked how to not view criticism as personal attacks (always a hard question for me to answer), how to respond to a coach who’s trying to change your style, and how to work on being less repetitive with your calls. All great questions and worth a read when you’ve got time. The last thing I posted this week was on coxing (and coaching) novices. I’ve gotten several emails from coxswains who will be helping out with learn-to-row camps this summer or helping to coach summer skills camps so that post is just some advice that’s been given to me over the years for how to handle working with novices when you yourself aren’t a novice. It’s tougher than it sounds but it’s also a good learning opportunity, provided you approach it with the right attitude.

Music to erg to, pt. 123

I’m working on some new post ideas that are going to be a little different than the usual stuff and I’d love some input from you guys. The first new series is going to relate to gear – not necessarily gear in the clothing sense (although … maybe?) but more so relating to the tools we/I use on a regular basis. I haven’t fully worked out the details yet but if you guys have any questions on GoPros, Cox Boxes, Speedcoaches, or the Orb, notebooks, recorders, the tools in a coach’s toolbox (did you see the one the team got me as an end-of-the-year present??), etc. send them my way!

The second thing I’m working on is a huge Q&A post about being a volunteer assistant. This is a topic that comes up a lot – less so on the blog, more so in person or in emails – so I thought I’d do one big comprehensive post on it, especially now that I’m going into my third year with MIT and feel like I have a good grip on how it’s done (or at least how I do it). I’ve already put together a short list of the most frequently asked questions I’ve gotten in the past but for those of you who think you might want to get into coaching at some point, if there’s anything you want to know about what being a volunteer assistant is like, hit me up.

Music to erg to, pt. 122

If anyone’s team is looking to get a new Cox Box or Speedcoach, a coxswain I know is selling hers before she heads off to college. Here are some photos and below are the specs. If you’re interested, email me and I’ll put you in touch. Please save any questions about details, price negotiations, etc. though for the coxswain who’s selling it.

Cox box: 5 months old, brand new headset, two bumpers (pink and dark green), and two 110V chargers. Manual/instructions included.

Speedcoach GPS: Engraved, red with a pink bumper.

A couple recent posts to check out if you haven’t yet:

This question yesterday on race steering and whether you should move back to the middle of the lane if you get moved off-course.

How to lose vs. how to win. Alternatively known as tactical mistakes that can cost you, as well as strategies that can put you in a good position during the race.

Race calls. These are a couple examples of calls that were mentioned on our coxswain evals, in case you need some inspiration or further confirmation that your calls don’t need to be magical or anything other than simple and straightforward.