March 2020
Wow. This isn't the spring we were preparing for.


The bad news:
Aside from the tragic and long lasting impacts of the pandemic on the world, we are missing each other and our workouts. And when will we have our next potluck?😐

The good news:
  • I plan to make all but 2 of our ergometers available for our rowers/paddlers to take home. If you are confident that it will get used, let me know and I can either deliver it or you can come pick it up. Concept 2 website has daily erg workouts. Sign up and get a workout in your inbox each day.
  • For those who don't have an erg, I'll post workouts on our website,, each week. There's one below to get you started.
  • There are also two recipes from our last potluck to help hold you over until our next one. 

Stay healthy and stay home!

-Stephanie Moore
Director and Coach, Holyoke Rows

With rowing programs on hold, some of us have spent time fixing things at the boathouse (many feet away from each other). For instance, thanks to a recent Saturday work crew (John, Lydia, Karen, Alan, Kevin and Stephanie), the docks are much stronger. John put a bumper along the water's edge and chain loops for locking up boats and so much more that no one will ever notice. Thank you all! We're happy to say the city put the docks in last week.

Photo: John working on the docks.
Here's one to get you started:
THE PUSH UP LADDER (Don't worry, it's not what they're doing in the video!)
Start with one push-up, take a short break, then do two, short break, then do three. 

See who can climb the highest during this recess. 
Keep us posted!


On March 3, 2020, Holyoke Rows' own Jim Brooks traveled to Boston University Track and Tennis Club to competed in the CRASH-Bs Sprints - World Indoor Rowing Championship. Averaging 3:02 splits, Jim completed the 2,000 meters race in 12:09.7 and brought home his 5th Hammer. The CRASH-B Hammer is one of the most coveted awards in indoor rowing and is awarded to the winner of each race. Congratulations Jim on a great row!

Q & A with Lydia Bussiere, Masters Rower
Q: How did you start rowing? 
Lydia: I started rowing in college. The Smith crew team would stand outside the gym doors at freshman orientation and accost anyone who was either really tall or really short about joining the crew team. It's a weird strategy but I guess it worked for me! 
Q: How did you find out about HR?
Lydia: I was looking to get back into rowing and I was living in Holyoke, so I did some googling, found Holyoke Rows, emailed Steph, and the rest is history! 

Q: What's the best part of rowing?
Lydia: When I'm out on the water, my brain just shuts off and all I'm thinking about is the rhythm of the boat and the water around me. It's an amazing antidote to my anxious, overactive brain.

Q: What would people be surprised to know about you?
Lydia: I feel like I'm a pretty open book! I guess maybe folks don't know that I'm pretty musical as well - I sing and play guitar, and I've been playing piano since I was six. 

Q: What’s your rowing-related goal?
Lydia: I want to learn how to scull better. It wasn't the focus of our racing in college, so I just never really learned how to do it. 

Q: What's your favorite seat in the boat and why?
Lydia: I'm a solid 7 seat, but I secretly love being in the bow because I can look behind me and just watch the boat moving through the water. It feels very zen. 

Q: Do you have a funny or embarrassing rowing anecdote you’d share?
Lydia: I got three crew-related concussions in college - 1: on the way back from a regatta, I hit my head on the bus, 2: I was standing at a regatta and an inexperienced coxswain was turning a boat behind me and hit me in the back of the head/neck with a boat, 3: I caught a crab (my senior year!!!!) and it was so bad that I flew backwards, hit my head on the oar handle behind me, and slammed my whole body in the side of gunwhale. I was concussed and very bruised for weeks. 

Q: Anything you’d like to add?
Lydia: I just really appreciate everything Holyoke Rows does for the community and for me. I'm really grateful that it exists. 

Who's Who is a regular column profiling members of the Holyoke Rows community. 
Members of Veterans Dragon Boat USA participated in Living Root’s Annual Boston Indoor Ergometer Race, paddling in individual 250-meter heats, and a 1000-meter team relay. The competition boasted 100 participants with teams coming from as far as Canada, to race on KayakPro Ergometers adapted for paddling. Our team did us proud! Gabe Condo, Nelson Serrao, Leila Connolly, Netshari Ortiz took gold medals for their team relay (top photo, below); Nelson took a silver for Individual Master’s (55 and over); Leila took gold for Individual Women’s Division Final and Alan Symington took the gold in the Individual Master’s Division. Congratulations to everyone!




In the age of Coronavirus

HR members shared these answers on our Facebook page:
  • I walk, run and use the 7 Minutes Workout app which has several workouts to choose from. My favorite is 7 Minutes Sweating. -Dawn Chipman
  • I bike and do yard work, to name a few things. -Patti DuPont
  • I walk and hike and I just borrowed an erg to use at home. I'm looking for a good rowing workout on YouTube. -Judy Farrar
  • I walk or jog around the Holyoke Reservoir, Mt. Tom Reservoir, Mt. Holyoke College pond and hike up to Skinner House.  -Anna Symington
  • I walk or hike. I did 40,000 steps today!  -Jeanne Branchaud 

And let's not forget dancing in the kitchen.

Thank you Barbara and Terri for sharing these recipes for the delicious desserts you brought to the last potluck.

Terri Theroux's Coconut Custard Pie

2c. milk
1/2c. Bisquick
1/4c.softened butter
3/4c. sugar
4 eggs
1c. coconut
1 1/2t. vanilla

Place all in a blender and mix for 3 minutes.  Pour into slightly greased pie plate and let stand for 5 minutes.  Garnish with coconut if desired.  Bake for approximately 40-50 minutes (depending on pie plate size) and toothpick comes out clean.

Barbara Black's Clementine Cake


5 medium clementines (about 375 grams)

Spray cooking oil 6 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt


8 to 12 servings TIME 3 3/4 hours


Step 1

Place whole unpeeled clementines in a large pot, cover with cold water and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer gently for 2 hours, adding more water as needed. Remove clementines with a slotted spoon and, once cool enough to handle, halve and remove any seeds or other hard bits. Purée in a food processor or blender and set aside. (May be done up to 2 days ahead and refrigerated.)

Step 2

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-inch springform pan with cooking oil, line bottom with parchment paper and spray paper with oil.

2 cups almond flour or very finely ground blanched almonds

2 teaspoons baking powder

Powdered sugar, chocolate



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In a large bowl, whisk the eggs together with the sugar, salt and clementine purée. Add the almond flour and baking powder and stir until just combined.

Step 4

Pour into prepared pan and bake until edges are golden brown and starting to pull away from sides of pan, about 1 hour. Transfer to wire rack set over baking sheet. After 10 minutes, run a knife around edge of pan to loosen cake; remove cake from pan. Peel off parchment paper and return cake to wire rack to cool completely. Decorate with dusting of powdered sugar, or with chocolate glaze and/or candied clementines.


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