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
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
A new year calls for goal setting and resolution making. This year, I’m sure most rowers will set goals like “make the varsity 8,” “be the fastest erg on the team,” “win the Head of the Charles” or “be recruited to the school of my choice.” Even though all of those results are great, goal setting is more constructive when you choose a tangible … Continue reading 10 New Year’s Resolutions to Make You Faster in 2018
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
Top 5 Reasons to Date a Female Rower: https://www.rowingjewelry.com/blogs/news/5-reasons-why-you-should-date-a-female-rower Hello click bait for all you rowing gals! I went into this article expecting to be flattered, but as I got further into it, I felt like I was getting a backhanded compliment from a bitter, friend-zoned guy. The points are valid, but compare it to this article: Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Date a … Continue reading Cons and Pros of Dating a Female Rower
Four years of rowing for Wisconsin conditioned me to hate Ohio State Rowing. The only real reasoning I had was that they were better than us, but that was plenty of fuel to keep my hate fire burning. I never wanted to beat a team more than I wanted to beat Ohio State. I became friends with two Ohio State rowers at U23 … Continue reading Why the Hate for Ohio State??
East coast drivers are the f*****g worst. I just spent the last three weeks driving all over the country (from Princeton to Boston to Saratoga Springs ~flew~ to Madison drove to Neenah to Ann Arbor to St. Catherines, back to Saratoga Springs to Bronxville to Bridgeport and back to Princeton if you were wondering), so I know. In the midwest, if you need to … Continue reading Stay in Your Lane