I’ve been delinquent about updating my website, and all the exciting happenings with Team USA warrant not one, but *two* blog posts.
It’s been a wild few weeks here in New Jersey. Public appearances, National Selection Regattas, erg testing… the fun just never ends!
This annual arts fair and street festival is cosponsored by the Princeton Township and the University. The entire downtown is blocked off, and upwards of 30,000 people fill the streets to enjoy the live entertainment, food booths, and the tables set up by local artists and organizations. This year, USRowing hired several athletes to man a booth, and so for several hours on a beautiful spring Saturday, I signed autographs, answered questions, and showed visitors how to row on the two demo ergs. There’s nothing like autographing posters to make you feel like a total superstar! (The stipend for the afternoon wasn’t shabby either, too bad I promptly spent it all on Patagonia’s spring sale. oops…)
National Team Meet and Greet in Palmer Square-
It’s good that I had a chance to practice signing autographs at Communiversity, because it prepared me for the National Team Meet and Greet in downtown Princeton the following weekend! This unique event, organized by US Rowing and Princeton’s Palmer Square, aimed to introduce Princeton’s resident athletes to their community. The goal was to provide a basic glimpse into the daily lives of “the Olympians in your backyard”, and featured both the National Team and local rowing clubs. I ended up on erg duty, teaching Princeton’s littlest athletes how to row on a rowing machine. Super fun, but super exhausting– it’s fatiguing to cheer for three hours! My voice was gone by the end of the afternoon…
Definitely one of the highlights of the spring: receiving the US Training Center gear package! Kudos to the Boathouse Apparel team who designed our kit. Among the favorites: super fuzzy sweatshirt and sweatpants (with a long inseam!! hurray) and a sweet vest (I’ll be rocking it next Christmas on the Mt Spokane ski trails!). And despite the grumblings of some of my fashion-forward teammates, I personally think the pale blue color scheme ROCKS.