LLBean Official Supplier to US Ski Team

L.L.Bean, the official supplier for the U.S. Olympic Ski Team is offering 25% off clothing, outerwear and footwear with a few exceptions when using the code WINTER. Plus shipping is covered. But hurry this offer only lasts through tonight, January 16, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

This is my favorite, a more water and wind resistant fleece hoody that’s cozy enough to even provide a hidden opening for a pony or braid. Perfect for supporting the Ski Team starting 2/9/2018 and my own endeavors thereafter!

L.L.Bean stocks Under Armour too. Perfect for winter sports and predawn rows come Spring.

More Under Armour and Rowers at Costco

More Under Armour at Costco:

And while the Under Armour Ladies’ HeatGear Spandex are long gone, the Under Armour Ladies’ Fleece Pullovers are still in stock waiting in anticipation for bundling into after an early morning Spring Row.

And while I’m personally loyal to my my old and always reliable Concept2 D, these Rowers are available at Costco for your New Year’s resolutions or prepping for the CRASH-Bs on February 25, 2018.

Cyber Monday 2017

There’s something for everyone on Cyber Monday. Rowers are all about comfort and efficiency, but we like something new too. Here’s a short list of places with spandex, dry wick, fleece, ergs and more for rowers and gifting:

For Under Armour, check the outlet HERE.

For Sperry check HERE.

Regatta Sport continues the Black Friday sale for Cyber Monday, for details check HERE.

Check out sale items and the Bargain Bin at JL Racing HERE.

For Costco check HERE.

For Dick’s Sporting Goods check HERE.

For Eastern Mountain Sports check HERE.

For Land’s End check HERE.

For L.L.Bean check HERE.

Sweaty Betty continues the Black Friday sale for Cyber Monday, for details check HERE.

What to Wear, What to Wear… Winter Workout

What to wear, what to wear, what to wear? It’s February, and although binging on Netflix feels good right now, the CRASH-Bs are early this year so get outside and get to business before the new season of¬†House of Cards¬†comes along (May 30, usually mid-February) and you wish you had. Baby it is cold outside, but prepare and anticipate like Francis Underwood. You know you already have him beat on the erg.

Remember to wear dry wick as a base layer while running, skiing and exercising outdoors. Wearing plenty of layers will keep you warm while outside in the cold, unforgiving like Francis Underwood weather. Combining layers starting with a dry wick base layer next to your skin will prevent that clammy feeling of getting chilled when you sweat. Also look for moisture wicking balaclavas, face masks, neck gaiters, gloves and socks made of materials like merino wool to keep you dry and comfortable. Take into consideration wearing a little less than you expect to need right now. All those extra layers can add bulk once you start moving and create your own heat. Adding an easy open tiny hand warmer is a great idea and especially nice on the chair lift too because it packs a big punch of heat in one tiny package.

Besides keeping warm, remember to hydrate because even though it’s cold outside you can easily get overheated and dehydated. Keep a power bar or an oatmeal cookie in your pocket to keep your blood sugar level in check. Also watch out for tingling extremities because ¬†ears, fingers and toes are exceptionly susceptible to frostbite. And wear some shades, sunblock and lip protection because the snow really reflects the sun.

So be stealth and choose your workout wear wisely always keeping the weather and activity in mind. Check AccuWeather before heading out like a Wall Steet trader. Take stock in what you are doing and make the right investment in you!

Color of the Season: Oxblood 

Workout gear in oxblood from Sweaty Betty.

The color of the season is Oxblood. A rich deep red darkened with undertones of brown and purple, Oxblood is making a modern comeback reaching back to Fall/Winter 2012, the last time Oxblood dominated the fashion landscape. Close cousins to the color oxblood are burgundy, bordeaux, cordovan, crimson and maroon. But true oxblood smacks back to the past with an earthy red subdued color richly balanced by the perfect darkened undertones of brown and purple, regal in understated way. 

Michelle Obama wearing an oxblood dress on Inauguration Day.

What I like about the color oxblood is that it goes with everything while encompassing a subtle difference from traditional workout wear. We all have black spandex, but wearing oxblood will vary just a bit past navy and grey without the wearing out loud neons, oranges or red. 

Green Monday 2016

Oh me oh my, try not to buy! Green Monday is a lot like Cyber Monday and happens on the second Monday of December. Another prime day for shopping started by eBay who recognized a reoccurring surge in online retail sales on the second Monday in December. 

Here’s a few that may work for you:

In addition to a lot of Green Monday Doorbusters, Eastern Mountain Sports is clearing the decks with an extra 25% off select clearance and free shipping on everything.

JLRacing, always a favorite is running an Indoor Training Special with lots of bright colored unis even one spotted for guys with pink flamingos. 

Dick’s Sporting Goods offers $20 bucks off $100 plus other great deals to check out for Green Monday like 50% off select Reebok fleece. 

Although I’m staying with the love/hate relationship I have with my old Concept2 (love my erg, hate to erg), Costco is offering $100 off each of First Degrees Fitness Daytona, Newport and Pacific Challenge AR Rowing Machines through 12/25/2016. 

NordicTrack is running a Green Monday special on the RW200 Rower, an erg that actually folds for rowers on the move! 

Starbucks is offering a blue moon opportunity for free shipping for anything and everything using the code FREESHIP. You can also make an environmental impact while ordering a bag of the infamous Starbucks Holiday Blend. Starbucks is providing farmers in need with a free coffee tree for every coffee bag bought through December 14. 

Target is targeting deals in all departments with an extra 10% or 25% off for Green Monday.
Barnes and Noble has 15% off your entire order with code BNGREEN. Book on that!

Patagonia is offering 50% off last season’s favorites as Web Specials like the Dual Aspect Hoody.

Land’s End is offering 40% off everything and unprecedented free shipping. 

And to keep looking good, Bobbi Brown is offering 25% off everything through tomorrow with free shipping throughout the season.

What to Wear, What to Wear: Olympic Opening Ceremony & American Athletes

What will the American Olympic contenders be wearing tonight at the opening ceremony in Rio? I love the excitement and anticipation of the opening ceremony and would love to be surprised, but I can’t wait. And this year is especially patriotically pleasing. Designer Ralph Lauren¬†is fine¬†American indeed.

Check out the sleek silhouette of the stylish uniform, with crisp navy blazer, tailored white jeans tapered at the ankle to set off the red, white and blue boat shoes that perfectly coordinate with the multicolored matching tee in a contrived, understated preppy way. The Hickey Freeman blazers made in Rochester, New York are decked out with United States team logo and sport a white polo pony accessorized with with the subtle finishing detail of a woven wriststrap always unifying the team with a lasting remembrance to be worn long after the triumphant days of August 2016.

Our Olympic athletes are United States ambassadors in sport but also in representing each of the 40 United States manufacturers involved in preparing one great look. Watch live action on NBC. Rowing starts promptly tomorrow morning with Men’s single sculls at 7:30.

Nantucket Red

How did Nantucket Red get it’s name and preppy lineage?

In places like Nantucket, boatsmen wear bright colors so they can more easily be recognized in the water in case of capsizing or a slip overboard. To distinguish themselves from lifeguards many may have chosen red as “de rigueur” over orange. As most boatsmen would rather spend their money updating or buying a new boat, they are frugal when buying clothes and love their old favorites. Hence, what was once bright, sharply pressed and new faded to a soft not quite salmon, weathered red, what is now known as “Nantucket Red.”