Labor Day 2018

It’s Labor Day and the rowing is easy. Temps are still lazily high here in the Northeast. And being close to water is an ah ha moment indeed. Yet the trees reveal autumn around the corner as leaves tease a bit of color suggesting cooler weather will soon be packing a punch with reason for warmer gear as the sun rises later with each advancing day.

Check here for gear you may anticipate needing tomorrow with today’s Labor Day savings:

Eastern Mountain Sports offers up to 70% off with an additional 20% off one item (there may be exceptions) with the code LABORDAY18.

Land’s End offers up to 75% off savings with an additional 30% off clearance with code HAPPY and pin 8315 and 40% off one regular price item with code CELEBRATE and pin 3427.

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

REI‘s Labor Day sale offers up to 40% off clearance and outlet favorites for all plus 20% off one regularly priced item for members.

My favorite, Sweaty Betty offers 30% off leggings and 20% off everything else plus free shipping with code LABORDAY.

Dick’s Sporting Goods offers an additional $20 off $100 purchase for Labor Day.

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.


For all the rowers who prefer wearing flip-flops on the docks, Old Navy has priced theirs for only a buck! Today only, all solid colored flip-flips regularly priced from $3.50 through $4.94 will be $1. That’s all day long on Saturday, 6/20. Happy Flip-Flop Day!

*Limit 10 pairs per customer

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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Morning After: Get Going to Row

Yesterday was a beautiful day for regattas. But the morning after is dark, cold and damp. Mondays are notorious for procrastinating and putting things off whether or not you were victorious the day before. And the dreariness of the day adds to the boring routine.

Things I do to get going are:

R2R prep the night before:
Check weather and plan accordingly
Lay out clothing
Pack gear
Set alarm realistically with backups to avoid falling back to sleep

R2R quick get up and go:
Splash cold water on face
Brush teeth
Wear something bright, especially fluorescent colors
Grab gear
Run to practice

Brushing teeth in Laos