Labor Day Erg


Happy Labor Day!

Alright, alright, alright, practice if done well is not a labor of love. I get it. But practice does make execution better. Mind over water, mind over matter, working out the kinks, and all the other cliches associated with practice come true during race time. To be at your optimum performance there are no short cuts. 

I can’t vouch for any rowing machine except for a Concept2, but some of these rowers are packed with Labor Day savings at differing price points. TopFitness recently reviewed the features and value in rowing machines. See if one makes a difference for you:

Concept2 has set the standard and innovation beyond trends for 40 years.

Costco carries a variety of rowing machines including Lifecore and the WaterRower made famous on House of Cards. 

Dick’s Sporting Goods offers up to 46% savings on rowers. This cannot be combined with an additional $20 off $100 purchase for Labor Day. 
Gronk Fitness offers 3 versions of WaterRowers thanks to Rob Gronkowski. Even if you’re not a big Pat’s fan like me, check out Gronk’s amazing blog to “get your mind right.”


NordicTrack offers the folding RW2000 Rower for $599 down from $1299.

Overstock currently carries 42 ergs some with special Labor Day savings just for today. Free shipping too when spending over $45.


And for other stuff you may need with Labor Day savings:


Eastern Mountain Sports offers up to 50% off with an additional 20% off one item (there may be exceptions) with the code Summer20.


Land’s End offers 30% off with code CELEBRATE and pin 4418.



LLBean offers 25% off a purchase of $50 today with free shipping. 

REI‘s Labor Day sale offers up to 40% off clearance and favorites plus 30% off one regularly priced Arc’teryx item.

My favorite, Sweaty Betty offers 25% off and free shipping with code LABORDAY.

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Summer Solstice Challenge

To celebrate today June 21, the longest day of the year, Concept2 invites all rowers and skiers to the Summer Solstice Challenge!

Here we go:

-Row or ski 21,000m  on June 21.

-Meters can be rowed/skied all at once in one workout or over several workouts and entered online using an Indoor rower, SkiErg, on water and on snow meters to  count as long as you reach 21,000 meters.

-For more information check HERE.

-Good luck and Happy Summer Solstice rowing! 

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.

Icy Roads

It feels like Spring with the anticipation of Regattas as the snow melts and puddles on the side of the road. Be careful though there was a lot of ice this morning here in the Northeast and now is not the time for a quick slip, your team needs you fit.

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What to wear, what to wear, what to wear…

Mornings are cold in late September before the sun rises when the whole world is still fast asleep. At least it seems so. And even though the season is still new and you haven’t yet had a regatta your still warm unmade bed is beckoning you back while you scan your closet for something to wear. Some may unfortunately reach for damp sweating spandex piled on the closet floor from the day before because by this time of year the washers are in full swing in dorm basements. That’s reason enough to go back to sleep.

But since you didn’t sleep through your alarm, get going with a mixture of lightweight layers. Get into a routine of laying out the possibilities the night before, like brushing your teeth the night before. This time of year, I like spandex shorts or cropped leggings with a short or long sleeved tee, light weight fleece, windbreaker, and a baseball cap. Carry both docksiders and sneakers in case you run for practice or need a dry pair of shoes after practice. Check the weather the night before to anticipate what will work. You can always alter the weight of what you wear and peel off what you don’t need.