“Maneuvering a single shell is like trying to stay upright on a giant knitting needle — a typical boat is 26 feet long and less than a foot wide; balance is either assisted or impeded by the oars, which measure about nine feet each. As sports go, it’s like aquatic tightrope walking, requiring both enormous precision and guts, and I was terrible at it for years — flailing, teetering, nearly flipping the boat on every outing.”
-Craig Lambert, rower, author of Mind Over Water: Lessons on Life from the Art of Rowing.
Happy Pokémon Day 2018!
And, to celebrate Pokémon Day 2018, catch a special Pikachu outfitted in party hat, equipped with 3x Stardust and the special move Present in Pokémon GO. Act quickly, this offering only lasts today!
R2R Quick Tip: Catch multiple party hat Pikachu to evolve into Raichu complete with party hat.
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 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.
Perfect holiday gift giving for rowers, the Vineyard Vines tie in four colors (Turqs, Mai Tai, Light Blue & reluctant Navy), a bow tie in Pool Side, plus a long sleeve tee (the best kind) in Hammock Green:
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.
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.
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!
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.