Rowing in college is a totally different from the “traditional college experience.” Being a D1 rower at a competitive school has not been what MTV/Rom-Coms/College Game Day/Project X made me expect college to be like. Here’s the root this nostalgic epiphany: during finals week I was crazy stressed out about school and rowing and went to get a power bowl at Forage after practice … Continue reading Rowing is Not “The College Experience”
I’ve been trying to take an art class since freshman year of college and am finishing up my final weeks of Art 100 right now in my final semester of college. This is a rowing blog Maddie (I’m sure you’re asking yourself). Wtf does art have to do with rowing?? A lot, ok? It has a lot to do with it. I like … Continue reading How Art 100 Made Me a Better Rower
On the wall of the Wisconsin erg bay there is a countdown clock that ticks away the seconds, minutes and hours until the B1G Ten Championship regatta. It’s supposed to be motivating and give the team perspective. As a senior though, watching the clock slide into the single digits is more like waiting to be evicted. This fall I really struggled to get back … Continue reading Time’s Up– The end of a collegiate rowing career
Psychological theory (or at least this TedTalk) states that we push ourselves further than we would normally push ourselves when there’s someone next to us. Yes. Absolutely. I agree. This vein of theory outlines the idea that if we measure ourselves off what someone else is doing, we’ll be measuring our success on a win-lose basis. If I am better than this person I … Continue reading Is Inter-squad Competition Constructive?– A lesson from Kanye.
It’s taken me 3 years and a lot of “I wish I would have brought ____” to figure out what I need when I go to regattas in the spring. I am a chronic over-packer, but like the boy scouts, I am always prepared for whatever Midwest weather has in store. Here is what I deem essential to bring to any early spring regatta … Continue reading 11 Things to Pack for a Spring Regatta
I wrote this great article about How to Prepare for a 2k Test at the beginning of the week and now that I am four 2ks wiser I am here to tell you what I learned. . On Tuesday I was prepared, I was well rested, I had everything I wanted to do planned nicely, I had my moves ready, I had my technical focuses and I … Continue reading Doing a 2k
The first step to 2k success is having a solid plan. . I am doing four 2ks next week and haven’t done one since fall, so I’ve been thinking a lot about how to approach the piece and how to do it effectively. . I am trying to set at least a 4 second PR, which sounds like a lofty goal, but it’s only one … Continue reading How to Prepare for a 2k Test