R.I.P. Head Racing, 2017-2017

Come and gone already has the 2017 head racing season. In college, the year was split into two seasons, both four months long: autumn (August through November) and spring (February through May). Now, it’s a long, long sprint season that runs mid March through mid August, and a blip of a head racing season that lasts a mere 15 days from the start of the first singles race on Navy Day until the last 500 meters of the quad at Head of the Schuylkill.

That’s not to say that the season wasn’t without significant highlights. A new boat and a win at the Head of the Charles made the short season an exciting one, even if it was bookended by the mild frustration of Navy Day’s boat teething challenges and Head of the Schuylkill’s wicked survival conditions on the racecourse. This season showed that I can have solid races, and  more importantly, that the difference between being just good at rowing and really having a mastery of it is the ability to row a fast race regardless of water conditions- or as someone put it post-race, don’t let the weather affect the margins between yourself and your competitors.

In addition to my own experience racing this summer, observing my teammates and competitors at events over the last few months has helped to shape some of my goals heading into winter training. With luck, 2018 will be a season that can build on the successes of 2017, learn from its failures, and ultimately lead to some very fast races.

Thank you to row2k for the excellent photos this season, as always.

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