Jan. 24, 2012
BERKELEY - Meet Chris Yeager, a senior on California men's crew. Yeager, who rows on the varsity eight, and sophomore Spencer Hall will be blogging throughout the 2012 campaign on CalBears.com. Below is the first installment of the blog that was written by Yeager.
Well, here I go with my first blog for CalBears.com! Let me start by telling you a little about myself. I am currently a senior here at Cal and will be graduating in May with a BA in geography. I'm originally from Westerville, Ohio, which is just north of Columbus. I grew up in a pretty standard suburb with a pretty standard, yet extraordinary, family. I first discovered rowing in the spring of 2005. My local club's coach was doing some recruiting at my high school and he somehow convinced me to give it a try. A few short years later, I landed at SFO ready to begin my first year of college at Cal!
The time sure has flown by since then, but I have gained many great friends and unforgettable memories. My freshman year was tough at Cal. It was hard for me to adjust to the freedom of college while also learning that I needed to stay on track and focused with class and rowing. With the help of my friends and teammates, I made it through and am finally ready to begin my last semester.
As I'm sure you all know, this is the first full week of class for the spring semester. Most students have been around Berkeley for about a week now, but the rowing team has been here since Jan. 6. We had a long, but very productive training camp before school started and were blessed by incredible weather! It always amazes me how nice the weather can be in California when the rest of the country is being slammed with the worst of winter. We put in a lot of miles during our camp, got a lot of good work done and came out with some promising results. I feel like we are in a great position for our racing season that is fast approaching. Our first race is in just about two and a half months, so we will be training hard.
Last week, we got back to our normal routine of practicing and then rushing back to campus for class. It was a bit of a shock to the system that we could no longer sleep 10 hours a night and lay around all day between practices. With that said though, it was nice to be back in the classroom. The days definitely go by much faster with our full schedule now. We have been rowing in the mornings, going to class during the day and having a few ergs in the evenings.
The other day we were doing a power erg, which I think is most fun erg workout to do. On the last piece, we were allowed to go open rate and all chaos broke out. Ergs were sliding everywhere, people were running into each other, a few ergs were slamming into the mirror that thankfully didn't break and one of my teammates was destroying the already defunct sound system. It was humorous to many of us but it was also exciting that we were trying so hard that the ergs were easily thrown around. I think that if we keep up the work like this, we will be in the hunt for another IRA National Championship this year. It's my last year here and I can't imagine a better feeling than going out with a bang like that.
Well, that's it for now! I'll be checking in every so often but until then, GO BEARS!