photo by Josh Sopp
It seems like everyone I know is training up for the US Gondola Nationals.
I guess that says something about who I hang out with.
Gondoliers are the best people.
A guy named Josh Sopp grew up rowing cruises here in Newport, and then went on to work in television, but the gondola addiction can be strong.
Years later he looked up Mark Schooling, who had established Gondola Paradiso in Oxnard, California.
Both Mark and Josh had rowed for the Gondola Company of Newport.
Now it looks like the two of them will be a tandem team.
Today Josh posted the above photo along with the following text:
Last night of training.
Next time I row will be at Nationals this weekend!
I hope the 3 months of working out 6 days a week pays off!
If anything I lost 20 lbs and 8% body fat.
Thanks to kiddo for being a good sport and tagging along to watch her iPad and look for seals.
And a big thanks to Mark Schooling for letting me practice, and inviting me to row with him in the two-man competitions!