#Diary Of A Rowing Coach

Rowing coaches of the world, unite!

Do You Like Eating Yoga Mats?

For those of you Wawa lovers out there…you might be surprised to hear that Wawa bread currently includes the ingredient azodicarbonamide, which is also found in yoga mats and shoe soles, to name a few things. 

As rowers (and generally healthy human beings) we try to watch what we put into our bodies, and last time I checked no one PRed on their 2k by eating yoga mats (and if you did, kudos…I guess?). I’m not going to lie, I generally don’t (and by “generally don’t” I mean “I never”) look up the ingredients in my fast food, but my sister, who is a Wellness Coordinator in the Philly area, does. In light of the recent Subway scandal, in which they agreed to remove azodicarbonamide from their bread products, my sister did a little digging and found that Wawa bread has the same chemical in it. She started a petition in hopes of achieving the same thing, and surprisingly not too many people have signed it. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE me some Wawa, but I would prefer to eat it without a side of guilt/cancer, and I’m sure you East Coasters out there would agree. 

You guys never fail to stand up and act for a good cause, and I think this is a great one. These lax food standards don’t apply in other countries, and I think it’s time for Americans to stop sitting idly by and stuffing our bodies full of chemicals. 

To do your good deed for the day, visit this site to sign the petition!


The site does ask for your address, but if you want to really stick it to Wawa you can put your local Wawa address in place of your own. 

You guys rock…I hope everyone is psyched to get back on the water soon! Have some fun for me please! 

Anonymous asked: I haven't been to crew practice in a month due to school, and I've lost a considerable amount of weight because of it. I'm going back this week, how long do you think it would take to regain my muscle?

Muscle tissue can start to atrophy within 24 hours of inactivity, and can take about 6-8 weeks to noticeably come back, depending on how often and how hard you work out. 

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Anonymous asked: So I'm a cox at my school club in my first season. It's alright, but I have terrible leadership skills and I have trouble knowing what to do in a tricky situation. Am I going to improve or should I just stop? I feel like I'm sometimes an embarrassment. It's not too fun either since none of my friends are in the club. I do have some good trainings/races, but I'm just naturally not suited for this position. I kind of want to row, but I'm small and have short legs. What should I do?

Do you really have terrible leadership skills? Or do you just think you have terrible leadership skills? Either way, you’ll never improve unless you try. Same goes for the tricky situation thing…you can’t learn how to act in a tough situation without actually putting yourself in the situations! Learning how to think on your feet (or in this case on your butt) is an important life skill and the sooner you start to hone that skill the better. 

I want you to ask yourself a few questions and base your decision on your answers. 

1. Do you enjoy coxing? Or is it just something you do because you didn’t really have any other options?

2. Do you like being on the water?

3. Do you like motivating people and being part of a team?

I could ask an infinite number of questions here but if you answered “yes” to all of those questions, I think you should stick with it. 

On the other hand, if you really don’t enjoy coxing and you aren’t getting some sort of personal satisfaction out of what you’re doing, maybe you should pick another sport. You can’t base this on whether or not your friends are on the team either…I’m sure you have plenty of teammates and you can never have too many friends. I’ve made some awesome friends rowing and coxing and there is a bond there that you won’t have with your other friends. 

If you want to try rowing, try rowing! Size isn’t everything. If your coach can’t sacrifice a cox during the school year then try looking into summer camps or clubs in your area. They should have novice classes where you can learn the technique without the pressure of competing. 

The bottom line is this: ask yourself if what you’re doing makes you happy and make your decision based on that. Life is too short to trap yourself in something you hate. 

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Anonymous asked: What should I be eating to enhance my training?


Not really, but this would be a question for your coach, as he or she can assess your body type, fitness level, etc, and make some suggestions for you. But thank you for giving me the opportunity to use this gif. 

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