Music to erg to, pt. 114

If you’re a fan of Wet Hot American Summer then you’ll appreciate the start of this week’s playlist. (Also, based entirely on this one line, how great of a coxswain would Amy Poehler’s character be?)

Several good posts have gone up over the last two weeks so don’t forget to check them out if you haven’t already. Last week’s recordings post contains audio from Katelin Snyder so if you only read one post, definitely make it that one. Other recent posts include two Top 20 Terms posts (check and ratio), A Fine Balance, which is a great documentary on the 2000 Olympic 8+ by Brad Alan Lewis, and this Coxswain Skills 101 post on how to handle a negative coxswain eval (which is another must-read, particularly if you’ve just done evals or anticipate doing them sometime in the spring).

Music to erg to, pt. 113

With the impending snowstorm this weekend, here’s some posts from the last two weeks for you to check out if you find yourself stuck inside with nothing to do.

Top 20 Terms: Footboard and Missing Water

Defining the role of the coxswain: Motivation

This question about throwing up during workouts…anyone else ever experience anything like this?

Last week’s Flashback Friday post

Music to erg to, pt. 112

Got back from Florida tonight so I’ll be working through the backlog of emails, questions, etc. this weekend. I also realized that Wednesday’s “Top 20 Terms” post didn’t go up (…because I scheduled it for 2015 instead of 2016) so that’ll retroactively go up sometime this weekend as well. I’ll also be posting (sometime next week) a post talking about the coxswain camp I was at as well as some things I learned during the team’s trip in Cocoa Beach so if you have any questions about what we do during our training trips or about the Sparks coxswain camp, feel free to send them to me this weekend.

Music to erg to, pt. 111

Merry Christmas everyone!!  The next two weeks I’ll be in Florida (for our winter training trip and to coach at the Sparks Winter Coxswain Camp!) so I might be slow to get back to you if you email me between now and January 9th. If you’ll be in Tampa at the coxswain camp, I’ll see you on Sunday!

Have a great Christmas and New Year!!

Music to erg to, pt. 110

Got two good questions yesterday that if you haven’t checked out yet, you should go read – you can find them here and here. If you row in salt water, either regularly or on your training trips (like we do), make sure your cox boxes are included in the equipment that gets sprayed down after practice. Obviously don’t spray it with a hose but grab a rag or sponge and go over the connecter ports, the wires, etc. so there’s no residual salt left on there. It can/will corrode the wiring which can make your life more difficult when you end up having to yell for most of practice because your cox box no longer works.

This week’s recruiting post was on the process of being recruited as a coxswain and the “top 20 terms” post was on the quarter feather, which is a pretty basic “drill” (so much so that if you google it you’ll find pretty much nothing on it). If you’re unfamiliar with it, it’s a good go-to for when you’re rowing back to the dock after practice or your coach says “pick a drill, your choice” (something we do pretty regularly with our coxswains).

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.