Update: Dogs Days of Summer almost over

Today was the last day to get all of my meters in for Week 3:30k of the Dog Days of Summer  Challenge 2017. Tomorrow begins Week 4:40k and the thought of muffing up on completing this week’s challenge was weighing on my mind over the weekend for on Saturday, after I finished my last 2,000 meters, I thought I had shorted myself by 1,000 meters. Therefore, the plan was to take advantage of such a short row and to finish off the week by way of 30 seconds rowing followed by 30 seconds of rest for 10 rounds.

Being alone and without music was the nicest part of my row. It was great to feel my heartbeat, to feel my pulse elevate and to hear me regulate and control my breathing for each stroke. I could huff and puff and grunt all I wanted through each round. And I was spectacular at challenging myself, round after round, staying focused. (Well, at least it felt that way in my own mind.)IMG_8680

 

Setting the lever to 8, then launching off of each round with a quarter, a half, a three-quarter pull followed by ten regular pulls seemed a brilliant strategy. The goal was to maintain a reasonable number of strokes per minute (SPM) to maintain at minimum 100 meters in thirty seconds per round and then row all out on the last round.

It was great having a series of short rows. It has been a long time since having to merely row 1k in a day. It was really wonderful to row in silence and alone as previously mentioned. But the best part was realizing that I had already met my 30k for the week when I stopped to think things through. I forgot all I had to do was look at the Dog Days 2017 board to see they had tracked and categorized each week’s row for me. (Gibbs-slap my own head with my Crew Stop rowing glove on.)FullSizeRender

 

Turns out I did not need to row that last 1,000 meters.  I rowed them simply because I wanted to and now I am securely over what is needed to complete this week’s requirement. 

Now on to formulate tomorrow’s 40k strategy!

#TeamEmJoKim #TeamGunsOutCrossFit

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FiTTz Meals by Christopher Teeter

Fittzmealsyellowhammerorderform2.0  JPG.jpgWhen I am doing one of these Concept 2 Rowing Challenges, especially when they go on for days or weeks, I find that FiTTz Meals are great to have on hand for my fast food go-to-eats. The vegetarian option is really nice because I can order the quinoa or the rice with vegetables for healthy carbs on a long row day like today’s 12k ladder down. 

What I appreciate about Christopher’s service is I am not locked into any plan. I can change things around from week to week, month to month. He delivers to the box but the Honey-do just zips over to the Yellowhammer Cafe to pick up our order earlier in the day.  

Of course, if Southern Home Cooking is more your style, well, you can always stop in for that too. 

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Week 3: Day 1 Dog Days Challenge

Screen Shot 2017-08-15 at 10.31.26 PMToday was a much happier rowing day. My head is back in the game. I managed to squeeze out 11,000 meters while enjoying each stroke. 

The music that inspired me came from The Ultimate Bee Gees and The Spirit of America with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. 

All is right again in my rowing universe.

Now I can sleep happy. Truly.

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Dog Days: Rolling my eyes

As I sit here roughing in the title of what I am going to write about, I am rolling my eyes. Hence the new and improved title. Honestly, I have no clue how I managed to row 10k today but Dog Days:Week 2 is completed. Hallelujah!

Today’s row was absolutely miserable. My mind was not in the game. It was running frenzied, like watching the mayhem between one of those blue tailed skinks and my black lab as she chases the thing around the porch and up the tree. 

The original plan was to row 20k in four sessions. Having rowed a 5k Tuesday and Wednesday the goal was to row 5k today and again tomorrow but I have several pressing priorities tomorrow so opted to just finish the last 10k today.

The new and improved (rolling my eyes) plan was to row down a ladder: 4k with a 3 minute rest, 3k – 2 minute rest, 2k – 1 minute rest and then finish strong with 1k. 

For some bizarre reason I dropped the damper to level 4.5 (rolling my eyes) instead of 5 – 5.5 and that is when the row went sideways. Between the heat and the damper setting I wanted to quit halfway through the 4k. My times were horrific and I could have cared less, sort of. I could have changed the damper setting but opted to suffer instead (rolling my eyes).

My SPM’s were the worst ever, as in like my first days ever rowing, and then I whined my way through the rest period, the 3k and rest period, the 2k and rest period. By the time I got to that last 1k it was all I could do to just get it done while thoughts regarding the 30k caused me to lament ever rowing Dog Days 2017.  

Still it is d-o-n-e. Tomorrow I can wake up with a new and improved attitude if I do not have lingering nightmares about today. 

Putting my miserable, whining self to bed now (rolling my eyes).

Oh, wait! I can end today with one happy thought. Thanks to whoever used my CrossRope Code to order a jump rope! I get a free t-shirt.

(Was that you, Michel? – not rolling my eyes!) 

That $10 OFF code expires September 4, 2017 so take advantage today!

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Rowing Felt Fabulous.

When I have had to take time away from CrossFit due to illness or injury, it always feels so great to get back to the box even though there is always a feeling of apprehension. Getting over the mental battle that it is going to be sweaty hot in the box, that I am going to be sore for having missed too many WoDs, and the #TrynaWannaJustDoSomething  feeling can trip me up.

Today was filled with excuses. But I truly persevered. That is when the mental milestones paid off. 

For the last couple of weeks I have really missed running. In my mind’s eye, I have been craving running, been able to see myself running, and being a very happy runner… in my mind’s eye. (I crack myself up. Oh, before I forget check out this study on Natural Stride. It makes me feel great pride for my personal running style: The Granny Shuffle.)

The fact that I have gone so long without a proper WoD even caused me distress. I kept talking about it with my husband. Yeah, I do not talk sorrow, normally, over not exercising hence another mental milestone: talking about truly missing vigorous exercise, especially running drills. (Did my coaches from 26.2 CrossFit chins just hit the floor on that one?) 

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That said, I did not run on my first day back to the box. As I mentioned in an earlier post, the Dog Days of Summer 2017 lured me back to my rightful place on the rower. 

Easing back into rowing, giving my new shoes a second chance with my socks on this time, I only rowed 2008m of the 10k for this week. Still, it felt fabulous. No blisters, excellent rowing form – and I am unanimous in that, all while practicing the strokes per minute made a fantastic first day back in the box. (Except I did miss my Charlie R. today. Wah!) 

The bonus moment today?

Two of my teammates are doing this challenge too, their first distance challenge ever! Em and Kim got 5000m of 10k completed today. Woohoo!  

#TeamEmJoKim

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Times 3: On a Roll…or is that Row?

Not talking about it. Just moving on.

I am here at Guns Out CrossFit after a long absence and wearing the shoes that took me out for several weeks the last time I took a rowing challenge.

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Today I remembered my socks. And now, even with my wounded-but-much-better  toenail, it is time to take on the #DogDaysOfSummer.

Yeah Baby! Press forward! Row like the wind… or something like that.

#TeamEmJoKim

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August 1st Row Challenge Baby!

dogdays-chall-2017-webIt is so time for me to get back into rowing! After weeks and weeks of torn up feet and wounded toes, this challenge is going to be a bit rough! I have not been on the rower since 21 June. It feels like forever but next week the 2017 Dog Days of Summer Challenge begins! 

The good news is the first week is only 10k and I do not have to do it all in one sitting. It will be an easy way to get back into the routine within a seven day period. Sure hoping my toenail is healed enough to fit in a shoe!

Which reminds me, I need to make sure to bring socks and probably go back to wearing my Brooks running shoes when I row. Brooks seem to be the only ones that do not make my feet cry. Guess I better go buy a pair tomorrow.

  • Week 1, Aug. 1–7: 10,000 meters
  • Week 2, Aug. 8–14: 20,000 meters
  • Week 3, Aug. 15–21: 30,000 meters
  • Week 4, Aug. 22–28: 40,000 meters

 

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