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Great Quotes and Boats

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

-Michael Jordan

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.

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.

Happy Thanksgiving and Schuylkill Navy Run

Happy Thanksgiving!

Not so fast in Philadelphia! First things first in the Land of Liberty. Rowers run in Philly! And there’s running before turkey, trimmings and pie with a hilly course just shy of 6 miles on Boathouse Row hosted by Schuylkill Navy. The oldest cross country competitive run in the country, Schuylkill Navy Run, a.k.a. Boathouse Turkey Trot will be held today in Philadelphia for 240 Master, Open, High School, Junior, Novice and International entries from 31 clubs.

Great Quotes and Boats

“During their college years the oarsmen put in terribly long hours often showing up at the boathouse at 6:00am for pre-class practices. Both physically and psychologically, they were separated from their classmates….In many ways they were like combat veterans coming back from a small, bitter, and distant war, able to talk only to other veterans.”

– David Halberstam, The Amateurs: The Story of Four Young Men and Their Quest for an Olympic Gold Medal.

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.