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  • Blog Post: I'm back ... the Olympics motivated me.

    It's been a while since I've posted on my personal blog, as I've been launching several industry blogs in partnership with the industry solution directors for Chemicals , Operational Excellence , Aerospace & Aviation , and Manufacturing . I've also had some family and job changes in the interim....
  • Blog Post: FISA World Masters Regatta - oh well

    Well I raced in 3 races at FISA World Masters Regatta over the weekend. Unfortunately I had been sick the week before and was not back to 100%, and the best I could pull off was 3rd in the B Single. Great start, led at 500 down, but could not hold it into the sprint. Places 1-3 all were within about...
  • Blog Post: Rutgers crew programs cut

    ...I'm a neophyte in NJ politics, but here's a real impact that I'm not happy about: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/23/education/23rutgers.html?ei=5087%0A&en=ef4ea83e89ecac67&ex=1153800000&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1153753606-sbkiF0Rl3LUZEjpBoWuXYw I went through college in a program that...
  • Blog Post: Shocking - Andy Sudduth dies at 44

    I've been offline for a few days due to travel, but this headline really hit hard. Truly shocking, one of the legends of rowing has passed before his time. Hit home since he was in his prime in the single when I was in college, and there are not that many years between us. Time to reflect on the fact...
  • Blog Post: Double gold at Middle States Regatta

    Wow it was a good weekend of racing at the Middle States Regatta in Philly last Sunday. Usually it's a pretty laid back race, but this year was well subscribed due to the cancellation of the Independence Day Regatta earlier. I was worried about the single, since they consolidated the A&B Masters...
  • Blog Post: 2 for 2 - NYAC/Nereid/Saugatuck Invitational

    Well I'm happy to report I'm now 2 for 2 in the single in my first East Coast racing season in 12 years. I took the "30's" race at the NYAC invitational (a private inter-club regatta) on Sunday, and for the first time this season was able to execute a methodical race plan despite weird gusty winds on...
  • Blog Post: Passaic River rowing on last Sunday's "The Sopranos"

    I was on vacation this week, so late with this entry, but on last week's episode of "The Sopranos" on HBO, there were two very nicely filmed scenes from the Kearny High School / Passaic River Rowing Association docks, located about 4 miles south of Nereid Boat Club. There is a nice post on row2k.com...
  • Blog Post: Finally - sunshine and in the 60s !

    Finally, sunny and in the 60's on the Passaic! Hopefully the mean, mean wind from last week will calm down. Even though the tides this week are extreme, looking forward to getting some great rows in. Key lesson from rowing in swirly winds - again something that you can't learn on the erg. Hands must...
  • Blog Post: Blow, blow, blow your boat

    Well, spring is kinda here, but rowing is still a challenge on the Passaic. The wind is blasting down the river and, while sections are still rowable in a single, the changing conditions make it very frustrating and hard to do anything other than UT2 steady state type rowing with lots of stops. Still...
  • Blog Post: Brrr snow and wind

    Too windy to row today - we got quite a good amount of snow last night, reminding me that we are still officially in the grips of winter. Back to the ergs and weights.... Snowman from this morning:
  • Blog Post: How do you row a single with only one oar and win the Olympic double? Great French rowing videos

    Permalink at http://www.coachthrasher.com/page/blog?entry=more_rowing_video ...Video of Fabrice Moreau - great technique in the single, featuring the very upright French style, plus some fun showing amazing balance skills and how to row a single with only one oar! Also on this site is a link to...
  • Blog Post: Transitioning from max strength to specific power

    Now that I'm back on the water, I'm putting the focus on two items: 1. Keeping winter muscle but leaning down to racing weight (going from about 208 lbs to 195). 2. Transitioning from static weight exercises to specific strength via in-the boat resistance training and plyometrics. For item #1...
  • Blog Post: Back on the water, a blister on each hand....

    I am happy to say I am back on the water, the boat checks out after a couple months in storage, and I am now the proud owner of a blister on each hand! The Passaic was chilly and windy (raised the rig a couple notches), but quite clean - had a 10-mile swing down to the red buoy at the top of Newark...
  • Blog Post: Sullen speed skaters, get over it !

    Don't know if anyone saw the clip from the press conference last night at which Shani Davis and Chad Hedrick were still going at each other. Seriously guys, on the world stage of a press conference, no one cares about your internal team squabbles, and you should be happy and gracious when you each just...
  • Blog Post: EU flexes its muscle over US on International Olympic Committee

    Recent articles have sort of a "you reap what you sow" attitude toward the US losing its IOC executive board seat. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11273455/ This may be a net positive for rowing as the EU probably values it more broadly than the US, but stinks for a lot of sports, espcially for some...
  • Blog Post: New ErgTrack: Bad Religion + Dag Nasty

    Erg piece: 2K Total time: 6:29 Track 1: Bad Religion, "The Empire Strikes First" Track 2: Dag Nasty, "Safe" Why I picked these songs: Bad Religion sets a steady, heavy, rhythmic pace that carries through the 1000, then Dag Nasty brings it home with the same characteristics, but set to...
  • Blog Post: Maybe not brrreeeport, more like the "brrrr report"

    Went to put the docks back in at Nereid Boat Club on Saturday - was fine for a while, but all of a sudden the wind reversed direction, the temperature dropped about 20 dgrees, and snow started blowing horizontally. That was the end of the dock installation - everyone fled back to the boathouse for coffee...
  • Blog Post: My First ErgTrack

    Erg piece: 2K ErgTrack: "Lolita" by Elefant "I Drank the Wine" by Murder City Devils Total time: 6:44 This is about 15 seconds longer than my current target time, but matches very well to my race plan. "Lolita" starts heavy and steady, not too fast, then transitions into a great hook...
  • Blog Post: Post your ErgTracks!

    As we approach the end of winter training season and CRASH-Bs, I thought it would be cool to post favorite SOUNDTRACKS that you use to motivate yourself for boring, painful ERG workouts. Hence the name "ErgTracks". It will also be interesting to see how quickly this idea percolates through the rowing...
  • Blog Post: If you're rowing in Texas while Dick Cheney's out hunting, what boat should you row?

    1. An Empacher - bright yellow so Dick Cheney doesn't shoot you. 2. A Resolute - sleek black carbon fiber so that if Dick Cheney shoots you, he'll think it's classified and keep it a secret. 3. A Hudson - so that if Dick Cheney shoots you, he can claim you were on Canadian property and detain you...
  • Blog Post: A strength program that really works !

    Wanted to weigh in on some great results from a new strength program that I've tried this year. The theory is based on some recent research published in Peak Performance on the body's hormonal response to different types of strength training programs, particularly in athletes over age 35. The gist is...
  • Blog Post: Olympics updates via RSS feeds...

    at http://www.nbcolympics.com/rss/index.html Personally I'm opted into Speedskating, Nordic skiing events, and the sliding events such as luge and skeleton.
  • Blog Post: Cool additions to the basic core strength workout

    Reading the latest issue of Rowing News , I like the section on core strength exercises for injury prevention. I tried a couple at the gym today, most notably the "pike" exercise in which you suspend yourself parallel to the ground, arms on a bench, feet on top of a Swiss ball, then roll your hips up...
  • Blog Post: The docks go back in Saturday!

    After living on the west coast for 12 years, I'm not used to saying that. But it's been a short winter training season this year and I'm looking forward to getting back on the water before CRASH-Bs. That having been said, my workout yesterday was digging the cars out from 2.5 feet of snow here in...
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