Two posts worth checking out from the past two weeks – yesterday’s coxswain recordings and last week’s post on coxing people on the erg. Knowing how to cox people during erg tests is a pretty fundamental skill that we tend to overlook so even if your indoor season is winding down and/or your team is done testing, you should still consider writing in your notebook the stuff from the “things to know” section since all of that can be used on the water as well.
Posted some new recordings last week that included a short clip of the 2012 USA M8+ (with Yale lightweight assistant Ned DelGuercio coxing), as well as one from the Thames Challenge Cup at Henley from 2015. That one is probably one of the best recordings I’ve posted on here so check it out if you haven’t yet.
Also answered a couple really good questions, including this one that asks about helping your former boat when both the coxswains and coaches are apathetic about addressing the problems they’re facing and this one that asks about avoiding repetition with your calls when the crew has trouble hitting the rate. Yesterday’s post also talks about how to avoid being repetitive and lays out a couple steps you can take to work on that.
I unintentionally posted two consecutive training posts last week and yesterday but since both hit different parts of the “training spectrum”, I decided to keep yesterday’s up rather than replace it. Sorry for the redundancy though. On that note, if you’ve got any suggestions for stuff to write about this year hit me up.
Last week’s post is based on a talk that Wes Ng from Penn gave last summer on 10 things you can do to be a better athlete and yesterday’s is on overtraining and burnout, both of which tend to start ramping up now that we’re well into winter training. Wes’s talk was really good and highlights all the little things that we tend to overlook when we’re thinking about what we can do to get better so if you’re starting to think about that for the upcoming season, that post would be a good place to start.
Pro tip: Avoid running into marine wildlife, they’ll rip the skeg off your shell.
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.
Have you listened to the video I posted on Tuesday about what makes a good recording? Don’t forget to also check out the post on soreness vs. pain. Now that we’re getting into the grind of erg season hopefully that post and the one that follows will help you train smart and avoid injuries over the next few months.