Monday, April 7, 2014

Rowing documentary post 23

This past weekend has been quite crazy. We were suppose to have a home regatta but there was still too much ice on the water so it ended up getting canceled. Instead we did some major spring cleaning. We ripped all the carpet out from the entire top floor because we are getting some new carpet. We had to go through every single room and vacuumed everything. There are so many room so it actually took four years. Buttt this week we are actually suppose to get out on the water after this awful ice age. This winter season has felt like an eternity. I am more than ready to be out in our boats and not have to do any more god awful ergging. Spring break is also coming up. Every year the entire team goes to oak ridge Tennessee where we spend the entire week training on the water and we tend to do lots and lots of running. To finish off the week we have a match race against another team that is always super fun.

For my presentation I am still going to try and focus on how rowing is more than a sport it's more like a life style. I also have been thinking about making procrastination and hard work a major topic of my speech. I am the worst procrastinator everrrr and it took me a lot of focus and hard work to get myself where I am. I also want to make a part of it about how you can help our boat club because it is literally falling apart. Well that's all I have for now thanks!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Rowing documentary 22

This weekend is another BIG deal because I will be trying out for the sweeping national team (where you hold one oar in both hands). This is my backup plan kind of because I'm really hoping to make the sculling national team (where you have an oar in each hand). I have to take ANOTHER 2000 meter test ughhhhhhhh I wish I didn't have to. I also have to take a minute watt test where you basically pull as hard as you can for a minute. And then we will Maybe go out on the water but I highly doubt it since it's still freeeeeeezing outside. So if that doesn't happen we will use indoor tanks that are like pools of water that you use a real oar and stationary row. I'm kind of nervous but I really just want it to be over with to be honest. 

Ahhhh I didnt finish this post so I'll tell you how camp went. I actually was 2 seconds away from my pr so I was pretty happy with myself since I had to taken a lot of time off for hockey. We ended up going on the water even though it has snowed like 2 inches the night before. It was absolutely FREEZING. I had to also row on the opposite side then I normally row on (port instead of starbort). I had known the coaches from last year when I tried out and they told me I was on the right track and they were impressed so I was very happy. The amount of pain I am in right one is ridiculous I am so sore but that was my last indoor 'regatta' so I am so HAPPY,! That's all I have for now hopefully by next blog post I will have the results for the other national camp!!!!!!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Rowing documentary 21

This past weekend the girls attended the last indoor rowing regatta of the season. I placed second in my category. Unfortunately I did not get my pr but I didn't do too awful. The assistant selection coach was there from the national team which made me a little nervous. But we talked about how I was doing and my training schedule since I had gone and tried out in California a few months ago. I am getting a little nervous because we are suppose to here back by the end of the month if we made the team or not. In the lightweight category the girls sweeper getting first second and third. Third place in the varsity category was my best friend Noelle Perry and everyone did super amazing! All thought this is the last team indoor regatta I am going to try out for the other national team. There are two different ones. In rowing there are two differnt types. You can row with an out in each hand called sculling or one oar in both hands that is called sweeping. I have already tried out for the sculling one and now am going to tryout for the sweeping one. I'm not sure yet which one I would rather be in yet but I am just going to wait it out and see if I even make the team. The waiting is actually killing me though and I can't wait to get this over with. 
My presentation is still coming along and I'm having a little trouble with it but I have been watching the told ted x YouTube videos for inspiration. I think by next week I. Should be able to start writing the script and my movie is almost done I just need to finish up editing.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Rowing documentary post 20

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

Rowing documentary post 19

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

Rowing documentary post 18

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

Rowing documentary post17

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!