Benjamin C. Blum
Coach Blum earned his A.B. in Biochemistry from Dartmouth College in 2009. He is a 2005 graduate of Weston High school.
He was an eight-season rower for Wayland-Weston Crew and as a senior served as captain. He went on to row for Dartmouth Varsity Lightweight Crew. In 2009 he set two age-group world records on the ergometer, rowing in one session for 25 hours and covering 230,137 meters. He is a member of Riverside Boat Club.
A biochemical engineer, he is a research associate with Adnexus in Waltham, MA.
What is your favorite rowing memory?
My favorite memories are the “war stories.” They are all special.
How did you get started in crew?
I joined Wayland-Weston Crew freshman fall in high school and something clicked.
What has rowing done for you?
Rowing has taught me the meaning and value of hard work, where my limits are and how to push past them.
Why do you coach?
I like making boats go fast and it’s fun helping rowers realize when they are capable of more.
Favorite written quote?
“Another boat, a straight-four, four sweep oarsmen without a coxswain, raced through our flotilla. I looked at them as they jetted past, and I quickly looked again. This boat appeared to be manned by four skeletons. Their cheekbones stood out like knots, their ribs were clearly defined as if they were painted on. Every leg and arm muscle showed as taut as steel cabling. Four pairs of deep-set eyes peered at us, conveying ‘the look.’ The four men who were rowing that shell were a special breed of oarsmen known as ‘lightweights’…”—Brad Alan Lewis from Assault on Lake Casitas
“Marathon runners talk about hitting ‘the wall’ at the twenty-third mile of the race. What rowers confront isn’t a wall; it’s a hole—and abyss of pain, which opens up in the second minute of the race. Large needles are being driven into your thigh muscles, while your forearms seem to be splitting. Then the pain becomes confused and disorganized, not like the windedness of the runner or the leg burn of the biker but an all-over, savage unpleasantness. As you pass the five-hundred-meter mark, with three-quarters of the race still to row, you realize with dread that you are not going to make it to the finish, but at the same time the idea of letting your teammates down by not rowing your hardest is unthinkable…Therefore, you are going to die. Welcome to this life.”—Ashleigh Teitel
Favorite spoken quote?
“Somebody may beat me, but they are going to have to bleed to do it.”—Steve Prefontaine.
Or, “One or zero?”