Kelsie. 23. I have no structure to this blog. so sorry.
It’s pretty obvious what traits a cox must adopt and tries to learn to do a good job in this most unique position in the athletic world.I’ll pass on the leadership stuff, napoleon complex garbage, and point out a secondary characteristic or two that coxes unintentionally inherit after riding in the box for a while. They can’t drive a car anymore. They take 10 miles to change a lane,oversteer, can’t find the brakes, and yell to the car a lot. This has nothing to do with the coxes’ former driving ability. Stick Richard Petty in a cox seat for awhile, they’ll take his driver’s license away. Coxes also begin to squint a lot, no loss in vision, they just squint.
'It's a tough job but only I can do it.' The meekest, most frightened non-rower in the world; when plugged reluctantly in the stroke seat, stays meek up until the first few strokes. The first few paddlestrokes, a thought grows in the wimps' sniveling little mind that this job is his/hers for life. Back on the shore, the real personality will percolate back to the surface. 'I hope you guys could follow me ok.' In the boat they're thinking: 'stop rushing, you weenies!' Strokes are born and made to be the most competitive person in the boat by far, and if they stroke long enough, become overly competitive in everything they pursue,or don't pursue. Don't expect to finish a game of Monopoly, Risk, or Golf with a stroke. The only one that can beat him to the chow line is the three man (more later) because the stroke was delayed trying to put more oars away in the rack than anyone else.
This season I got moved to bow seat in both boats I race in. I also lost a seat race for A boat and the kid that replaced me said that bow is for the weakest person in the boat, is that true?
No. Bow pair is usually for the lightest and most technical rowers. Bow pairs are scrappy little badasses. Don’t try to talk about how great your technique is in front of them, because they watch your every single stroke. And they see when you’re lunging, and when four seat is late, and if you start bitching at them they might explode. I repeat, do not piss off bow pair. Just because someone is smaller/lighter/more technical than the rowers in the engine room, does not imply any weakness. I will also say that it’s annoying to refer to any seat in a boat as a “weak” seat—different seats have different advantages and disadvantages. Don’t let that pigeonhole you.
What the varsity women look like when they warm up with calisthenics on the white-top.
Knowing that even IF practice is cancelled the varsity 8 is gonna have to erg at the gym instead.