Monday, March 3, 2014
This 20 time project has definitely been a first for me I have never done anything like it. There are definitely some things I don't like about the project like that it's a whole year process while I have 6 other classes and play two varsity sports while constantly traveling. I have been having an extremely hard time concentrating on actually doing the project. Procrastination is a really big problem for me since it's a year long project I feel like I have all the time in the world. But now as the due date kreeps closer and closer I am almost having anxiety attacks about not finishing it. And this might only be my problem but If I could change it I would say maybe only make it a half a year project? On the other hand what I like about it is I have been learning tons of new things from this experience and it is a fun project. If there was one thing I could change about my project it would be to make it more interesting. I am doing a documentary and I just wish that I had picked something much more fun to do a project on. I'm struggling a lot with the presentation portion of this and what it means to me. It's just sort of hard to put in words but I don't know how to show people how much rowing really does mean to me.
Monday, February 24, 2014
This break has been very overwhelming. I have started the process of being recruited for college. I have started earlier than most people because technically you aren't allowed to talk to the coaches before your junior year, but one of my closest friends is a junior and let me tag along in all her meeting with head coaches. I have my heart set on attending an Ivy League school and my friend and I went to Philidelphia and looked at Penn and then traveled to New Jeresey to look at Princeton and finally we went to New York to look at Colombia. The nice thing about rowing is that if you are good enough it makes it tremendously easier to get into these top schools. My favorite so far was definitely Penn. I absolutely love their campous and the coaches are so nice. Their weight room is actually the coolest thing ever, they turned an abandoned underground train station into this huge training facility that is all new with top of the line equipment. I did also really like Princeton except the only let down for me was it was in the middle of no where. And then Colombia was also amazing the campous was so cool in the heart of New York. This was one of my favorites as well all three schools are definitely in my top five. The while process was overwhelming, each coach I met with explained all their requirements and what they are looking for in an athlete as well as academically. The experience was eye opening and showed me exactly what I need to be doing to be able to be accepted into these top schools. Well that's all of my exciting story for this week see you all next week!
Monday, February 10, 2014
This weekend the girls team attended another indoor rowing regatta in Ohio. A lot of the girls did amazing getting pr's or prime records meaning they got the fastest scores they have ever pulled. This regatta was a lot more difficult to medal in however because there were four other teams racing with girls that are getting scholarships to go to Princeton. I would have to say everyone did amazing though. Unfortunately i was unable to make it again because of another hockey tournament but of coarse I will have to make up the 2k test which I just cant even wait for (not). 2k tests are probably the worst thing in the history of rowing. The only word that comes to mind would have to be pain. Doing a 2k on the water is a whole different story and it has a lot to do with mentality. I'm not going to lie and say that erging is not boring because it most definitely is. I mean your staring at a screen with numbers on it, how thrilling. But it does keep you in shape and is a necessary training tool to stay in shape for when it comes time to race on the water. But back to the regatta it was very fun the girls all stayed at a hotel (we stay at the same one every year) and we have the same dinner the night before every year we go there. Some soggy pasta and chicken, yummm my favorite. Can't say I was too upset to miss out on that food again. My presentation is coming along sort of. I am still kind of stuck on how to not make this the most boring 8 minutes of my life. I have the basics down like i am going to show everyone how rowing works, and what the girls team does. But the part I am having trouble with is telling an audience why on earth I go through all the pain and stress that comes with the sport because to be honest I don't think I have a reason. It's just what I know. But I love rowing so I'm determined to make sure that by the end of my eight minutes I blow away everyone so they see all the hard work and effort that we have to go through. Well that's all for now check out some of these pictures from the regatta!
Monday, February 3, 2014
This weekend there was a indoor rowing regatta and everyone did amazing! We had another team from grozeal come and race us. In every event we had a DBC girl place it was so fun! Unfortunately I was unable to make it because I was away for a hockey tournament in Chicago. But I did have people take lots of pictures and footage so no worries on that. I have to get all the information on exactly how everyone did but I know everyone did amazing. I have been getting all the footage together and I m worried that it's going to be hard to transition from all the short clips I have. That is what I have been trying to work on for a while. If I can't fix it I might need to go back and get more footage so that it is easier to make the movie fluid.
My presentation plan still needs some work because I want my whole idea of how hard rowers work to be good at the sport to be really deep. I want my whole purpose to be even more meaningful than that so I have some work to do. I havnt gotten that much work done this weekend because Ive been gone but I'm planning to do more this week and get more footage, and come up with a better string of words i want to use to present my project. That is all i have for now thanks see you next week!
Monday, January 27, 2014
Now that winter season is half way over we started doing weight training twice a week. We go through circuits for an hour and a half before practice on Monday and Tuesdays. Also I have kept in touch with the assistant coach for the worlds team and we are trying to schedule a match race in the spring and I'm hoping to be able to tape that for the movie. For the presentation I'm going to take clips of the movie and have it playing silently behind me while I talk. The clips will be ones of rowing on the water and ergging on the rowing machines. I'm very nervous actually because I have to talk for eight whole minutes about how this project changed my life and what it means to me. If I had to answer those questions now I would have to say that I worked on this project all year so people can see all that we do and understand the sport of rowing more. People will become more aware of it and maybe become more understanding to why we are always tired in all of our classes due to morning practices or why we miss so much school. I'm hoping to open peoples eyes and change the way people see what we rowers do and why we do it. To me rowing isn't a sport it's a way of life.
Other than this I really have not gotten much done over this past week because of midterms and studying but I will try to have more for you next week. The movie clips I have taken are almost done I just have to take a few more and edit them. So. my project is actually coming along nicely.
Monday, January 13, 2014
I have missed 23 consecutive days of school! Oh gosh I have so much to catch up on. Last week I left on Wednesday for Oakland California (right by San Francisco ). For the past 5 days I have been trying out for the Junior National Rowing team. We had to takea 2,000 meter test and a 6,000 meter test both on the erg. Overall I did pretty well and I finished 4th out of around 25 girls. At the end of the tryouts on the last day we raced in singles ( one person boats) on the water. I'm not yet sure how that went because the coach still has to email us those results but I'm praying that it will be a good enough place so I can make the team. This team is picked and you go to camp in the summer. There you train for 3 weeks and the you have to go through trials almost exactly like they do in the Olympics. The end goal is that you make the worlds team and don't get cut before they go to Germany and race representing the U.S. The whole process is a little frightening I'm not going to lie. Hopefully if the coaches thought I was good enough I will be invited back for the second round of tryouts in the end of February.
My thoughts on my presentation are still the same as before and I havnt really thought about anything else I want people to see in my presentation. So far what I have is I want people to experience what rowing really is. That's all I have for now let me know what you think!
This break has been super crazy and jammed packed with stuff to do. We had our Christmas party at the boat club that was pretty fun. Every year it's usually pretty dull but this year I spent the whole time playing ping pong in an intense tournament. We actually decided to make this a new DBC tradition. We also exchanged outer secret Santa gifts and everyone was super happy for the most part. I got another pair of alite socks and candy (probably the best present ever). Over break we also had a New Years Eve silent auction which actually had a pretty big tourn out. It brought in a ton of money that will go towards the club and expenses for all the boats and thnings. I know I need to start planning the presentation part of my project now so I was thinking that the main thing my presentation will be showing the viewers is what rowing is. No one really understands how hard it I sorehead we do. I want to show people how much it means to me and how I live breathe and sweat rowing. It is basically my life next to school. Now I just need to figure out how I'm going to show everyone how much it means to me. I still have so much work to do and I think I'm kinda falling behind a little bit but hopefully I can make up some work by next week because of how slow break was. Well that's all for now if you have any comments or suggestions please let me know as soon as possible.