Tour de SkiErg Wrap-up

Mar 04, 2011

Concept2’s Tour de SkiErg, which ended on February 28, saw a great increase in both participation and competition. Concept2’s Josh Carlson shares his experience and follows up on his February 18 post. Continue Reading ›

2011 C.R.A.S.H.-B. Sprints Report

Mar 02, 2011

In 1982, 85 athletes gathered together in a boathouse at Harvard for the first ever CRASH-B Sprints. February 20 this year saw the 30th edition of what has gone on to become the World Indoor Rowing Championship. Since those early days, the race has outgrown a number of venues and is currently held at Boston University’s magnificent Agganis Arena. This year, over 2000 athletes from 22 different countries took part, with competitors ranging from ages 14 to 93, with Stephen Richardson and Paul Randall both winning hammers (the traditional CRASH-B victor’s prize) in the Men’s 90-94 Hwt and Lwt categories respectively. Continue Reading ›

Canot à Glace

Feb 28, 2011

Can you handle the True North? That is, can you handle rowing in Canada in sub-zero temperatures? Last month, I tried exactly that. I was initiated to a historical sport, “Canot à Glace,” which is practiced in Quebec City on the St-Laurent seaway. The easy translation would be “Ice Canoeing,” but with all due respect, it’s rowing and not canoeing since we go backwards and use Concept2 oars instead of wooden paddles. However, given the oral tradition of the sport and how the passionate winter rowers in Quebec City have passed it down from one generation to the next, I will uphold the tradition and call it as it is in French, “Canot à Glace.” It is now part of the culture of Quebec City. There is a competitive league for the sport and the die-hard winter lovers say that it’s the best winter sport! Continue Reading ›

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Olympic Games come to Brazil in 2016

Feb 25, 2011

The Opening Ceremony for London’s Olympic Games is only 520 days away, but there are plenty of people preparing for 1990 days from now in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I recently visited Rio de Janeiro for a few days and met with former National Rowing Champion Sergio Alemao, his wife Christina and their daughter Suellen who run the Concept2 dealership there. Sergio was a single sculler in the 1980s in Brazil and raced against rowers like Kolbe and Karpinnen. He is still competing in master races and his main focus, besides the Concept2 business, is to help the Brazilian Rowing Federation develop the sport of rowing in Brazil. Continue Reading ›

Carpe Diem!

Feb 11, 2011

What inspires me to shave 0.3 seconds off my already excruciatingly painful 6k split pace on the Concept2 Indoor Rower? What motivates me to add another 10 lbs. to an unwieldy back-squat bar? Obviously, 2012 Olympic Team selection is lurking in upcoming months, which is helpful. However, I’m referring to the decision that must be made in the heat of the moment to lay it out there or not.  Continue Reading ›

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