It’s (Almost!!) Time for Spring Crew!
On Wednesday night, the Colby Crew team had its annual “It’s Almost Spring Season!!!” meeting.
On Thursday, it snowed almost 8 inches.
This weekend, we got a foot.
Today, we are supposed to get two more feet.
Clearly, “almost” is the crucial word when referring to spring season. The abundance of snow causes slight issues for the team, mostly in our zeal to get out on the water. We cannot row until everything is unfrozen, something that usually happens in the beginning of March. Even so, after the meeting, the whole team was hyped. It has been a long winter season, filled with hundreds of thousands of meters on ergometers (rowing machines) and hours upon hours in the weight room, but because of it, our entire team is in remarkable shape for the season. Still, we’re itching to get back on the water. That feeling has only increased in intensity after our coach played several videos of top crews rowing their hearts out.
Something I found really funny in the meeting, however, was the discussion of poetry about crew. Most people have heard of the book Boys in the Boat. It is a terrific read and speaks a lot on the importance and power of teamwork and perseverance, and it is usually the extent of people’s knowledge of crew literature (myself included).
Now, if you have time, definitely Google “rowing poetry.” Some of it is funny, some of it is kind of creepy, like one of Roald Dahl’s poems about rowers, but something that struck me as I glanced through it all was the remarkable power such a crazy sport can wield. It is an intense sport, certainly; there have been plenty of practices after which I cannot walk down stairs, and according to my coaches, good rowers have some of the highest aerobic capacities of all athletes. Crew has taught me hard and excellent life lessons about perseverance, teamwork, and trust. Even more than that, it has led me to an extraordinary group of talented, dedicated, and kind human beings.
What I have found is that crew provides not just a way to improve my body or a chance to strengthen my own perseverance. What crew does is allow me the opportunity to push myself out of my comfort zone for the benefit of not only myself but of my boat. I am competing to make us, a collection of nine girls, to go farther faster, all while in perfect synchronization. I’ll leave you with the words of George Yeomans Pocock, an internationally recognized boat builder:
“It’s a great art, is rowing. It’s the finest art there is. It’s a symphony of motion. And when you’re rowing well, why it’s nearing perfection. And when you near perfection, you’re touching the Divine. It touches the you of yous. Which is your soul.”