Tuesday

yesterday was a really good practice. I coxed mixed varsity 8 (mostly women, though) in the morning and we worked on a lot of technique— Rowing on the square, swinging out together and rotating rather than reaching, and then backing the oar into the water. there was  a men’s varsity 4+ also in our practice and they did the same thing. the beginning was a little difficult on the square (as expected) but the set was incredible the entire time. eventually after while, we moved to the feather (EARLIER that expected) because everyone was moving together really well. i was really calling people out and even though it may have been annoying, it was really just to fix things and make sure we got it down rather than just moving on. At the end of the morning practice, we “raced” men’s 4+, doing 50ish strokes each and didn’t pass them, but steph said that while the men’s boat sacrificed technique for power, we sacrificed power to keep the technique, which is isn’t terrible. 

in the afternoon, i was with the men’s 8+ (with a couple novice in bow pair) and we MOVED. I reminded them of what we had enforced while i was in the women’s boat, and then worked hard to put more pressure on it, and focus on ratio. there were a bunch of calls which were really confusing to call, like, “pause and forward body angle, row, take two strokes and pause again, row, etc.” " and i actually hated it. then we did ratio, counting up to 4 and then switching to 5 (1and2, 3, 4 OR 1AND2, 3, 4, 5) and that was better. Kevin was stroke and towards the end, everyone was just tired, so as we was switching the ratio, it was hard for everyone to follow. but after we got that down and put everything together, obviously the men have no problem giving pressure, so we SURGED. we raced again against a women’s v8+ (with some tall novice) and they had 120 strokes to pass and we has 100, and took them with about 3 boat lengths of open water. it felt good.

Dinner was awesome after that.

Time for a comeback.

Hey everyone.

VC is in South Carolina, and I took some time off from the team, but now getting on the water and getting back into coxing has been super fun. I want to record what we’ve been doing, to remember, so I’m going to write it here. 

A message from Anonymous
If you cox using your abdominals instead of your throat as you do when you sing then coxing and singing should be perfectly fine

Thanks!

A message from Anonymous
Does coxing ruin your vocal cords? I was a novice coxswain last season, and this would be my second season on crew, but I have been singing for 5 years now, and that is more important to me. I'm afraid it would ruin my voice.

I mean, as a singer, you would probably know how to breathe, and where from, in  order to save your voice? There’s a rower on my team who does both… but then again, he’s a rower and doesn’t yell. But honestly, I wouldn’t do both. :\ I decided to cox instead of sing. 

A message from Anonymous
What's the hardest part about being a coxswain?

Having such a huge responsibility on your shoulders. If something goes wrong, (like you crash, or dock wrong, or in a race) I always feel like it was my fault, or there could have been something else I could have done, and that feeling sucks.

But at the same time, it’s incredible to be the one, sole, motivator of your team, and without a coxswain, they wouldn’t be going anywhere, or no one else could have inspired them like you.

A message from Anonymous
Hey! I'm thinking of applying to your college. Do you think I have a chance of being recruited with a 7:58 2k?

Are you a male or female? and sub 8 is pretty solid for being in high school. and you can only improve, right? But honestly, that doesn’t really matter because we accept everyone. Most people are walk-ons and have never had experience before, so having someone with experience would be incredible. That’s what I did. Just make sure you contact the Coach well in advance! If you have any more questions, feel free to ask! :)

excessivelymaya:

Nationals 2011 #tbt #SpackCrew #RowingForLove

excessivelymaya:

Nationals 2011 #tbt #SpackCrew #RowingForLove

leesahmariem:

Look how perfect those puddles are

leesahmariem:

Look how perfect those puddles are