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.

Music to erg to, pt. 129

This week’s playlist is heavy on the Suicide Squad soundtrack – if you haven’t heard it yet, you should listen to it. It’s awesome.

This week’s VOTW is a really cool short film called “Ergo” that kinda leaves you with a cliffhanger at the end but it’s so good and really well shot. Definitely check it out if you haven’t watched it yet. Also check out this week’s coxswain recordings post (they’re all head races) and last week’s post on how issues with the bladework can affect the set of the boat.

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.