Music to erg to, pt. 109

Hope you guys had a great Thanksgiving! Kinda hard to believe that Christmas is less than a month away now but if you’re still looking for something for your rower, coach, and coxswain friends check out these links from years past for some ideas!

Gifts for Coxswains (2012) || Gifts for Rowers (2012) || Gifts for Coaches (2012) || Gifts for Rowers & Coxswains (2013) || Gifts for Everyone (2013) || Holiday Gift Guide (2014)

If the person you’re looking for is a bookworm like me, any of these books would make a great gift too. My personal recommendations are Boys in the Boat, Mind Over Water, and The Amateurs. I haven’t read all the books included in those posts but of the ones I have read, those are my top three.

Books on Rowing, pt. 1 || Books on Rowing, pt. 2

Also check out Tuesday’s recruiting post (“Interest from coaches + coming from a small program“), as well as Wednesday’s “Top 20 Terms” post which was on “suspension” (a term that I don’t think I fully grasped until at least a year or two into my coxing career).

Music to erg to, pt. 108

Our last race of the season is this weekend before we head indoors for winter training. Downside, 4 months inside. Upside, RP3s. Monday’s VOTW is all about analyzing your force curves on the RP3s and starts off by showing the curves in real-time as someone is rowing on the machine before getting into the details of what each one actually represents. It’s interesting stuff and good to know if your team utilizes that feature on the RP3s or C2s.

Tuesday’s recruiting post was about scholarships and when getting one isn’t an option. It talks about need-based aid and how it can compare to (and sometimes be better than) another school’s athletic scholarship offer and includes a link that shows ALL schools that offered varsity rowing programs in 2014 alongside some helpful data such as cost of attendance, average scholarship award, amount of financial assistance offered, roster size, etc.

Wednesday’s “Top 20 terms” post was on body angle. It’s not something that I’ve gotten a ton of questions on but if you have any after reading that, feel free to ask.  Last week’s post was on rush(ing) so if you haven’t checked it out yet you can do so here.

Yesterday’s post was a continuation of last week’s post on training while sick, except this one was geared at coxswains. Rowers tend to get more of a break when they’re sick than coxswains do so sucking it up tends to be the go-to solution but there are a couple things you can do to make practice a little less miserable if you’re sick.

Music to erg to, pt. 107

Busy week on the blog – finally got around to tackling several questions that have been waiting to get answered for awhile (which you can read here, here, here, here, here, and here) in addition to posting Tuesday’s recruiting post on highlight videos (for rowers and coxswains – definitely recommend coxswains check this out) and the worst recruiting emails coaches have received (don’t do any of these…). Monday’s VOTW on “the physics of boat acceleration” was pretty cool and got shared quite a few times on Twitter, FB, and Tumblr so if you haven’t checked it out yet, you can see it here. Last but not least, this week’s “Words” was about individual limitations vs. performing to the level of the crew – a good reminder that “when every part of each body says stop, inexplicably the boat still continues”.

The Princeton Chase is this weekend so if you’re headed to Lake Carnegie, I’ll see you there!

Music to erg to, pt. 106

So many HOCR updates.

  1. Coxswain tours this morning and afternoon at 11am and 2:30pm. Check out THIS POST for more details. Email me or tweet me (@beantownkmd) throughout the day if you have questions.
  2. If you follow me on Instagram (@beantownkmd there too) then you probably saw this post about the CoxOrb a couple weeks ago. The company that makes it, ActiveTools, will have a booth at HOCR somewhere in the FALS area and you can grab a free hat if you stop by and say hi. I think they’ll have a CoxOrb there that you can check out but if you’re unable to make it over there, send me a message (preferably on Twitter, it’ll be the FASTEST way of contacting me this weekend) and you can check out mine. I’ll have it with me during the tours tomorrow for everyone to see as well.
  3. If you haven’t signed up for Uber yet, you can sign up with my code (pg5yb) and get a free ride worth $20. I highly recommend doing this because a) Uber is awesome, b) it’s gonna be cold, and c) why walk more than you need to, especially when you’re tired from racing? Alternatively, if you’re driving and don’t want to deal with the hassle of finding a parking spot on the street (lol good luck with that, welcome to Boston!), you can download the SpotHero app (iOS/Android) and sign up through this link to get $5 off. I just found this app last night and used it to reserve a spot (yes, you can reserve a spot) in one of the garages in Harvard Square which was a lifesaver since I’ll be rowing out of Weld. Highly recommend x2.
  4. Last week USRowing posted applications to be part of their media team this weekend and I was one of the people selected! I’ll be taking pictures, shadowing USRowing staff, interviewing athletes, etc. so if you’ve got a cool story you want to share or just have some sick unis that you think deserve a shout out on social media, get in touch with me and we’ll try to find a time to meet up. Twitter = best way to get ahold of me. Feel free to just stop me too if you see me walking around. I’ll be in MIT gear (either a splash jacket or red Patagonia jacket) and a Red Sox hat. To see all the photos, follow @USRowing on Instagram and/or look for the hashtag #IamUSR. Also, obviously, follow me as well!
  5. Download the HOCR app so you can track race results. The last two years I’ve pulled my phone immediately after crossing the finish line and been able to see our results so it’s really convenient. There’s also a great search feature that lets you, your parents, friends, etc. search your name and see how you did, which is great if they don’t know the club you’re racing with or event you’re in.
  6. Northeast Rowing Center is going to have a booth this year so if you’ve never been and want to learn more about the camp, you can stop by and grab some info. I was there this year and will be heading back next summer to work with the coxswains so if any coxswains out there want more info, stop by and we’ll fill you in. I’ll be there on Sunday morning from 9am to 12pm and  Barb, the camp director, will be manning the booth for most of the weekend.
  7. Sparks is going to be hosting a reception on Saturday evening from 5-7pm in the Kennedy Room at the Charles Hotel in Harvard Square for anyone interested in learning about the rowing camps, their coxswain program and coxswain-specific camps, their consulting services, etc. I’ll be there to talk about all the coxswain stuff (I’ll be coaching at the Tampa camp this winter!) so stop by and say hi!

Music to erg to, pt. 105

Guys, guess what? Yesterday was the blog’s THIRD birthday. Thanks for hangin’ out with me the last three years and making Ready all, row… what it is.

Several posts this week, including a couple questions on Sunday/Monday (here, here, and here), Tuesday’s recruiting post on some “basics” for contacting coaches (which you might not have thought of before), and yesterday’s post on the default things you should always be looking for during practice (and occasionally races). Those four things should eliminate any possibility of you thinking “I don’t know what to say”.

Music to erg to, pt. 104

First full week of practice is done and official visits + HOCR pieces kick off this weekend. I guess this means that we’re officially back into the swing of things…

If you haven’t checked out this week’s posts yet, you can find them here and here. Tuesday’s recruiting post was on the general timeline you should be following your junior and senior year, as well as what you should be considering when looking at schools and teams. Thursday’s “coxswain skills” post was a follow up to last week’s steering post and talked about “always steering” vs. “never steering”, what “small adjustments” really means, and steering on auto-pilot.

Music to erg to, pt. 103

Slowly but surely we’re getting back into the grind of things despite the fact that I think we’re all still wondering how it’s already September. (Seriously though…) We’ve got an incredible group of guys coming back though and a solid bunch of recruits (made up of eight rowers and one coxswain) so needless to say, I’m really excited about the upcoming year. Hope you guys are off to a good start too!

If you didn’t see yesterday’s post on novice coxswains, check it out here. Even though it’s about novices it’s geared towards those of you who are varsity/experienced coxswains so I really encourage you to read it when you’ve got time. To reiterate what I said on Tumblr, make it a point to help the novices out because you were in their position once and there’s a pretty good chance that you were wishing someone would clue you in on what being a coxswain meant, what you were supposed to do, etc. Remember that feeling and then help the new kids to NOT feel like that.