As her quad cut through the glassy waters of Marina del Rey harbor one recent Saturday morning, Nicole Viviani saw another crew out of the corner of her eye and felt a familiar rush.

“The moment you see a boat and you know you can pass them, that’s my favorite part,” Nicole says later.

But the California Yacht Club-sponsored Head of the Marina Regatta would not be conquered in a burst of adrenaline; the four-girl RowLA crew needed to maintain their swift pace for more than 20 minutes to power through the three-mile course.

As a familiar ache set into her legs and back, Nicole’s inner coach began to push… [Read the Full Article on Argonaut News]