Just got back from Spring Training in Tampa.
I dream of boats.
This week I coxed
the mens novice eight
. More of a challenge
than the varsity
, and you don't feel the boat move
under you as much, but it's there, the potential
In the morning, we launched
at 5 AM, sliding the 8 through the blue-green water reflecting all of the lights of downtown Tampa
. The reflections
were so sharp it was as if we were suspended, cutting through the bridges
and emerging in some sort of a sphere
, encompassed by the brightening horizon in the sky
and in the bay
Morning, later morning
, afternoon, and land training started to run together punctuated by eat sleep and shower I started to dream
. In my hotel room
I'd fall asleep and feel the bed
swimming beneath me and think "down to port
" or "starboards, raise your hands
" and run through sprint starts in my head
. three quarters, half, half, three quarters, full, high 10, settle 10 to a 32...ok, first 500-- this is our move for the leg drive. I want bow in 10...
And when I got up again it was all the same
. I'd stand up, carefully balanced, in the stern of our 18-inch wide 60-foot long boat
, explain the drills. Focus on catching together at high ratings-- remember, arms and body quick out of the bow.
I'd sit down, (all eight, sit ready at the finish-- ready, row)
and we'd row, and keep going.
Most crews train in Tampa
during the spring or Melbourne
. Coast Guard Academy, Yale
, University of North Carolina and others were there-- we raced the UNC men in a head race
, I cut them off with the inside turn
(prepare to clash oars-- we're rowing through them!
). Yale.... the Yale men had ratio
you know what I mean.(rowing pun)
And the vandalism
. Painting the bridge
is a rowing
tradition. For anybody who's been to Boston
, the banks of the Charles
are a good example. This spring
dominated by painting the 50' x 50' counterweight on the raised railroad
bridge downstream from the boathouse
with a huge 'M', yellow with a blue
background.. But on Thursday
night at midnight
, we took Princeton
's bridge. Stole a launch
, whipped out the rapelling
equipment, and 8 gallons
of purple and white paint
Novice 2001-- Pulling Together
Which started off as 'Pulling Togeter' but was quickly corrected. Were not distracted by drunken heavyweight UNC men jumping off of bridges
. Finished that at 4:30, changed, and went to practice.
Now back in New York
, to the cold
, dirty East River