Music to erg to, pt. 79

I’m finishing up the summer camp list and would love to get some feedback on any of the following camps so if you’ve been to any of them send me an email! (This list isn’t the same one I posted last week.) You can read more about what I’m looking for here. The reviews that you guys have already sent are great and I really appreciate everybody taking the time to write out what they thought.  This year’s list is long – like, 40 as of right now and I’ve still got a handful to add – so any info that you guys can contribute can only serve to make this a better resource for everyone.

Northeast: Craftsbury, CRI, MIT Youth Rowing Camp, Cornell (either the competitive camp or the HP camp), Maine Rowing Camp

Mid-Atlantic: Rutgers, UVA’s men’s camp (Wahoo), Navy women’s camp, Penn AC Gold (men and women), Philadelphia Sculling Club, Princeton

South: Sarasota HP camp, Miami Rowing Club

Midwest: Wisco, Sparks coxswain-only camp

West: Seattle Rowing Center, Sparks Seattle, Cal women’s camp, Stanford HP camp, USC HP camp

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Music to erg to, pt. 78

Yesterday I put up a quick post with a list of summer camps that I’m hoping to get some feedback on from you guys so if you haven’t checked it out yet please do that and send me an email if you’ve been to any of them. Also if there are any that you’ve been to that aren’t on the list, feel free to mention them as well.

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Music to erg to, pt. 77

So I got an email earlier this week asking about MIT Crew and I realized that I never officially said this but since I took the recruiting exam, anything that’s related to actual recruiting (as in you’re interested in rowing/coxing at MIT and possibly being recruited to do so) I can’t talk to you guys about. 99.9% of the questions you guys send me about recruiting are totally fine, it’s just anything related to you being a prospective recruit at MIT that I can’t do anything with. It’s nothing to do with you guys, it’s just an NCAA thing. I’m happy to answer any general questions you guys have or put you in touch with the coaches that handle the recruiting but outside of that I’m off limits when it comes to that stuff. Once March rolls around I’m going to start posting more stuff on recruiting so you guys can get a better understanding of the rules and what you (and the coaches) are and aren’t allowed to do (so if you’ve got questions, email me) but I wanted to put this out there since I realized I never made any of this clear.

Enjoy the weekend!

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Music to erg to, pt. 76

It is unnecessarily cold right now in the Northeast (-19 with windchill when I left for practice this morning) and with the snow we’re supposed to get this weekend there’s no way I’m leaving my warm, toasty bed for at least the next 72hrs. I’ve got a few posts that I’m slowly putting together but I’d like to get a jump on the 2015 Summer Camps post so if you went to a camp last summer that you enjoyed (or didn’t…) send me an email with some details about what you thought (see this post from last year for the details) so I can include it (anonymously). Thanks to everyone that’s already sent me stuff!

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Music to erg to, pt. 75

I woke up this morning thinking it was Tuesday because thanks to the mid-week snow days yesterday felt like a Monday. Surprise, surprise – it’s actually Friday. With the 25+ inches of snow we got canceling school and thereby canceling practice – and coinciding with our previously scheduled days off – this week was light when it came to (planned) practice volume. Pretty much all of you that are in college know that you should still try to get a workout in when unexpected stuff like this pops up but for those of you in high school, especially those that are thinking about or planning to row in college, it’s a good habit to get into now to pry yourself off the couch or out of the house if it’s safe and get a workout in. If you’re in the northeast, have some fun with it and go skiing or be a good neighbor and shovel out cars on your street for a few hours (and make some $$$ while you’re at it). Otherwise do some body weight circuits or something else that will get your blood pumping for at least 45 minutes.

Also, check out this question that I posted on Monday on how to improve your coxing when you’re out with novices and there’s not much for you to do. At the end I included one of my own tricks/secret weapons that I used throughout high school (and a bit in college) to help keep me relaxed/sane and get me through the week. I’ve never shared that tip before (ever!) but it’s definitely something I recommend doing (if/when you can). Go have a look and let me know in the comments if you do something similar!

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Music to erg to, pt. 74

Yesterday I posted five new recordings so if you haven’t listened to them yet definitely do that if you’ve got some free time this week. The ones from Atlantic City and Capital Crew are my two favorites. On Tuesday I posted a couple things that coxswains can do to kill time during winter training (or anytime you’re training on land) because, as we all know, there’s few things more frustrating than having nothing to do and feeling like you’re not contributing anything. Like I said in that post, none of the things I mentioned are going to take up that much time but it’s the little things that can ultimately make a big difference (especially when it comes to earning respect from your teammates).

Have a good weekend!!

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Music to erg to, pt. 73

If you missed it yesterday check out the recap post I did on our training trip to Florida. Next week I’ll have new recordings up along with some new stuff I’m going to be doing regarding NCAA rules, recruiting, etc. so keep an eye out for that. Oh, and per my PSA yesterday, make sure you’re doing everything you can to avoid getting sick. I’m currently in the cough-so-hard-my-ribs-crack stage of being sick and while it’s slightly better than the too-dizzy-to-get-out-of-bed stage, it still sucks. If you’re a germy cesspool of phlegm and grossness (…me, currently) or are on the fast track to getting there just stay home and take a couple days to kick the bug before going back to practice.

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