Music to erg to, pt. 143

Wrapping up spring break tomorrow with some scrimmages against FIT and then we’re officially in-season. Yesterday’s post on making moves had those vibes in mind, as will several upcoming posts but as always, if you’ve got questions, especially racing-related ones, feel free to ask or email me.

I’m also always down to listen to recordings too, it’s just a matter of finding a few spare minutes (which have been in short supply lately) to actually do it. If you want feedback prior to an upcoming race, the earlier in the week you can send them to me, the better. If you just want general advice/feedback/critiques that’s totally fine but if there’s something specific you’ve been working on or a specific part of the piece you want feedback on, noting that in your email will significantly expedite my response time.

Music to erg to, pt. 142

If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw that last Friday I wrapped up 2.5 years with MIT and on Monday started a new job at Columbia! I’m excited to finally share this since I’ve been sitting on the news since mid-December but back in October I applied for the Director of Rowing Operations role and was offered the job a week before Christmas. Leaving MIT was a hard decision – it’s no secret how much I loved being there – but this felt like a good next step.

The last few weeks have been kinda hectic though and I owe a lot of you replies to emails so keep an eye out for those over the weekend and throughout next week.

Music to erg to, pt. 141

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.

Music to erg to, pt. 140

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.

Music to erg to, pt. 139

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.