Mississippi Sirens – Rowing Bio

Border Rowers is a group of rowers that got together to support a good cause and row around the world. Brian Fuller and his team are a philanthropic crew that love to get the community of rowers together and accomplish some amazing meters on the erg and on the water combined!

As part of the Rowing without Borders Group, I am on a team of 4 women tasked with rowing the meters equivalent to rowing down the Mississippi. We will combine to row more than 2.1 million meters, started on September 1st and we are more than half way there as of today! My team mates are all amazing and it has been another wonderful way to get to know the rowing community. I love this sport for the new people I have met and the motivation to continue to set goals and reach them along the way!

Denver Indoor Rowing Championships 2021


Here is the bio I prepared for the Rowing without Borders group:

Nancy E Cook
Belchertown, MA  Age: 57

Bio: Nancy grew up in Jericho and Georgia, in northern Vermont on a farm.  Nancy played basketball and field hockey in high school and in college at Castleton State. After college she began running and competing in triathlons. Today she is a top ranked master cross country, mountain, and marathon and ultra runner, 4 time Ironman triathlete, Waterskier, PSIA certified level 3 Alpine Ski instructor and Coach – Ski Race Photographer, Level 1 SkateIA inline skating instructor, Proud Mom to Schuyler, and Loving Wife of 14 years to her husband Steve.  Recently she ran the Boston Marathon training for it using the indoor rowing machine to a Boston finish and Boston Qualifying run.

She loves her Community, her Home in Western Mass on 43 acres of woods and her Labrador Retrievers, Maverick and Muzzy.  A trail runner in the summer & skiing alpine on the mountains in the winter teaching skiing at Stowe Mountain Resort in Stowe, Vermont. She is a lymphoma cancer survivor diagnosed July 2010 – passionate about sharing her strength and journey to inspire others in their quest for health and fitness. 

Nancy started indoor rowing after buying a Concept2 for her 54th birthday, but only jumped on a few times logging 334K, then during the pandemic took it out again  and decided to compete in CRASH Bs after only a few months on the machine. She was 2nd in her age in 2020, which fueled her competitive brain to put the effort and dedication to get better at the sport. That next year she found Darkhorse, Asensei and finally Live2Row Studios personal and group coaching that has her focused on technique and doing what it takes to get stronger and faster.  She placed 1st in her age at CRASH Bs in 2021 with a 7:24.9. She rowed 4 million meters in the 20-2021 season

She loves competition and uses the log book ranking for motivation and gauging where she is and needs to be for the future.  Her goals are lofty.  2022 CRASH Bs to defend her title, World Rowing Champs and a couple more American Records to add to her marathon American Record set in March of 2021 with a 2:59:52.0.  Let’s see what she can accomplish next!  

Why I row feature from Concept2 write up on my blog:

Go For Greatness – my experience at CRASH Bs last year

Looking forward to sharing my 2022 goals and what I would like to accomplish next!


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Nancy Cook 2021

About Nancy

Nancy Peck Cook is a trainer and speaker who has presented in front of large and small audiences for the past 25 years.  Her work as an executive and volunteer trainer for the American Cancer Society during the growth of the signature activity Relay For Life trained professionals to be more confident and successful in their roles. 

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