NCAA Rowing Pre-Season Outlook

Wouldn’t it be fun if everyone was as hyped about women’s rowing as March Madness or college football? WELL GUESS WHAT?? I am that hyped. I’m so hyped for racing to get underway that I’m making all kinds of pre-season predictions. If you frequent /r/Rowing you’ll know that most of the predicting and “you pick ‘em energy” is devoted to the heavy men. I love … Continue reading NCAA Rowing Pre-Season Outlook

Fast Rowers, Crazy People

Think about the fastest rower you know. Ask yourself. What’s their defining characteristic? They could be could be kind or compassionate, but their defining characteristic is crazy, isn’t it? Nobody who is sane and normal will find success in the sport of rowing. Almost all fast rowers all have a major personality flaw that makes them irregular, but helps them succeed at the elite level. … Continue reading Fast Rowers, Crazy People

Phone Notes: Winter Training 2017

The Badgers are on their annual winter training trip to Cocoa Beach right now, so when I found a note titled “Cocoa Reflections” in my phone today, I had to indulge my nostalgia and read what it said.   I wrote this on our way home, while killing time in the Orlando Airport because of a fugging 5 hour flight delay. (Classic Orlando Airport: worst … Continue reading Phone Notes: Winter Training 2017

Ugly Cat Shirt is the Secret to Fat Ergos

This week was Wisconsin Women’s Rowing’s annual Bucky Days. It’s a three day festival of testing, to mark the end of the fall season. It includes a 6k, 4 mile run, one minute max test and 2k. It ends up being a brutal, stressful week, but it’s also kind of fun in a masochistic way.   This year, I was 40% bummed and 60% relieved … Continue reading Ugly Cat Shirt is the Secret to Fat Ergos

Lessons Learned from U23s

On the flight home from the U23 World Championships in Rotterdam last year I wrote this note in my computer: Things I’ve learned: -Never count out China -Never never never give up -Appreciate the people who will help you through the training, not the people who only acknowledge your success -Love your parents -Be nice always -Someone has to come in last place I was … Continue reading Lessons Learned from U23s

What do Selection Camp and Musical Chairs have in Common??

I’ve spent the last month living in Princeton, NJ at Under 23 Selection Camp. About thirty women from across the country applied and were chosen by USRowing to come to NJ and put together three fast boats that will compete at the U23 World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria at the end of July.     It’s hard to describe what selection camp is like … Continue reading What do Selection Camp and Musical Chairs have in Common??