Cyber Sunday?


While it’s hard to tell where Black Friday ends and Cyber Monday begins, the good news is that websites like are offering ongoing sales like 35 percent off stock apparel through December 1.
In addition to many discounts, is offering 30 percent off one outlet item, already a value. On REI, I was able to get Fitbit replacement bands at 25 percent off. Other websites to check are (Eastern Mountain Sports), and

All offer free shipping, Cabelas using the code 4WINTER. Eastern Mountain Sports offers 20 percent off any one item plus a spend $50, get $50 Holiday Reward. Dicks is offering $10 off with every $50 purchase. Exclusions apply.


Costco even has the Limited Edition Newport Challenge Rower Machine on sale for 599.00!Rowing Reviews rates this fire engine red erg a 9,  that is 4 1/2 stars for offering a “durable ride” that “accurately emulates the outdoor rowing experience.” Also available in black, this rower usually retails for $1299. Just remember to watch House of Cards for entertainment and not technique! 


Black Friday

Alright, alright, alright, Black Friday is quickly approaching and short of something from Vespoli or NK there are things every rower and coxswain would love this time of year.

The easiest and most appreciated item right now belongs right on your feet. Sperrys would be nice, but a pair of brand new, toasty white socks would be divine. One can tell a rower by their dingy greyed socks, rough from walking in them on docks. A new cushy pair would be like walking on clouds and great support literally and physically now that most of us are regulated to an indoor workout.

My personal favorite is soft white and cool like falling snow with padding in all the right places with just the right amount of room in the toe box. The ones I favor now even have padding where the laces tie. Getting socks made from a Tactel nylon, Lycra spandex blend instead of cotton will keep your feet cool and drier too. Finding just one new pair rolled up in the bottom of your stocking will go very far in encouraging those after holiday workouts especially with the Crash Bs coming up in February.


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NFL Workout

What are you doing this weekend?

Have you ever wanted to be part of a team making your way past yard lines like Jonas Grey? (He was great last weekend, wasn’t he?) After all it’s been weeks since you competed at the Head of the Fish, the Hooch, the South or maybe you braved the Snowflake Regatta because you’re a strong rower and a sucker for a good cause like the Salvation Army.

Well now it’s your chance because the Buffalo Bills are recruiting and they really need you. Yes, you! The Bills are offering you the blustery opportunity to be a paid athlete, a hero and a fan because the four-foot snowfall from yesterday amassed 220,000 tons of snow inside Ralph Wilson Stadium and the surrounding parking lots outside in Orchard Park, NY. The Bills need you right now, not to row, not to play football, but to shovel.

Andy Major, VP Operations for the Bills is asking for help. “We’re looking to have 500 shovelers on site working in triple shifts.” That is what the Bills hope for. But, there is no minimum because it usually takes three days to shovel a foot of snow where there is now four feet compounded by more snow already forecasted for tomorrow night.

To combat the snow, the Bills are offering an hourly wage of $10 and game tickets to any volunteer willing to help in any one of the three planned shifts. Major proactively considers alternative tactics for snow removal, as “We have not had this much snow, as far as we know in the history of our team.” The Bills will be evaluating their situation hourly and anticipate playing Saturday at 1pm against the Jets with 24/7 volunteer, country and state support. The team and staff although stranded and scattered throughout the area study their iPad playbooks and wait for word from NFL who will decide if the snow removal process is good enough for game time. If not, the Bills-Jets may reschedule for another day.

As a rower, you have been preparing for this opportunity. You have the upper strength and unyielding endurance to be a powerhouse for this NFL workout. All you need to ask yourself is, “Are you ready for some football?”

Merits of Sharing

Unless you are lucky enough to live on the glorious Gulf of Mexico, or another place like it with year round rowing, you are realigned to the doldrums of the erg and indoor training. One way to get through your melancholy mood is to workout with a buddy. Another is to reward yourself for your noble effort. Even better is to share both the effort and the reward!


Election Day

 Make the most of the power you have, go out and vote!

“To build a winning crew, select the right athletes, place them in proper seats, and allow for the freedom to create. In other words, hire the right people for the right jobs and manage with a long, loose leash.”

-Craig Lambert, Journalist, Author, and Rower, Mind Over Water: Lessons on Life from the Art of Rowing

Head of the Hooch


 Good luck to everyone at the Head of the Hooch!!

After yesterday’s cancellation due to high winds, today is a go for the Head of the Hooch in Chattanooga, Tennessee with an 8:15 start time. Head of the Chattahoochee, or Hooch is the “Last of the Great Fall Regattas” and hosts over 6,000 rowers and 150,000 spectators to Chattanooga Ross’s Landing Riverfront. For more information, check out and for live stream.