Having been under the weather far too often this year, I have missed out on a lot of WoD training.
Today as I ponder about the Holiday 2017 Challenge with Concept2, I am feeling a little sad for myself because I want to row. I need to row.
However, I am not yet ready to row. I still have four more days until cleared to row.
Wah. Wah. Wah.
Still, I am taking a look at my schedule to see if I can get in a 100k row to qualify if I begin next weekend.
Hmmmm……..to be continued….
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Information is forthcoming soon!
I can hardly wait to get the Pura Vida 2017 T-shirt! Just sayin’.
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Today was JRPC 2: 250j with the two pound, Fury rope, for time at Guns Out CrossFit.
I did it and then gently rowed 100 meters.
After that I stopped in to see my old bowling team and friends at Bama Lanes.
The final stop was to Sundown where I bought me a delicious cheeseburger with fries and chatted with the owner, my friend and CrossFit teammate and Coach, Susan Thomas.
Ain’t Life Grand?
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.
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.
183/365 not on July 31st. #NeverGiveUp
It 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
It was a fantastic day today. The Honey-do and I had a lot of running around today and it was a hot one! I need to get this posted before midnight so just a quick little notation. Shoot… it’s after midnight, darn it!
We were able to make it up to Prattville to see Four Teams from Guns Out CrossFit compete in the Swolemate 2017. It was brutal for the teams in this sultry, Alabama heat! It was 94F with a RealFeel of 113F at 56% humidity and that was at 4-5 p.m. in Montgomery so imagine it was pretty close to that 30 mintues up the road, in the Stadium, in the full sun.
Anyway, we got up to the games about 7 and it was still in the mid-90s. Brutal. But there they all were powering through the next two events.
I was sorry we had to leave before the last two events but my mates were looking pretty awesome.
174/365 … on day 175 darn it! Missed it by that much… 8 mins.
The goal was to get out the door to start rowing by 8:30 a.m. To make a long story short I finally got to the rower about 9:45 a.m. with my iPhone jack for my portable CD player, my headphones, my Vitamixed Watermelon water bottle, 3 bottles of water and a babyfood pouch containing a lots of potassium veggie-fruit blend for during the row, a Zone bar and a single serving pack of NutriBiotic protein powder as needed for post row, all while managing to forget the socks for my shoes.
My new shoes. My Tovos. The shoes I have never before worn, ever, and I forget socks on top of forgetting to keep my old shoes just a few days longer so I could row in my old, comfortable, non-blistering shoes.
My hands held up really well, thanks to my fanstastic Crew Stop Rowing Gloves. I love them! I have a total of four, minor blisters and I think that due to the fact I was concentrating on telling myself to push past my feet therefore not paying attention to my grip.
Oh my goodness, one thing I learned is to have my own personal rowing fan for those hot, sultry southern days. It is a Lasko 3-speed and was absolutely perfect for today’s row.
It took me 2 hours 24 minutes 19.3 seconds to finish the row. I was hoping to stay on a three minute pace but am happy with a 3:25.2 for my first half-marathon. I finished strong.
Not too shabby for a little old gray haired lady, who jumped 500 single unders with a 1/4lb rope the day before for the newest CrossRope Challenge. Oh yes I did and I do it all at Guns Out CrossFit.
When I first started at 26.2 CrossFit my coaches had me row more than run. Yeah. I was that bad at running. And when I first started rowing, I was that bad at rowing but I took to it right away, never giving up and here I am today, a rowing fool at Guns Out CrossFit.
Over the last few weeks some of my teammates have asked me about my rowing. Here is some basic information that I return to again and again to help me improve my rowing.
- Concept 2 is the first go to for beginning at the beginning. I go there a lot to read and reread. Be sure to check out all of the links under the TRAINING section.
- Angela Hart is my favorite go to on YouTube. I watch her videos over and over again. She explains things in a really great way that work for my brain. Her explanation about the DAMPER SETTINGS being similar to the gears on a bike was really helpful and I still experiment with settings depending upon what I want to accomplish in a Rowing WoD.
Please be encouraged to truly take your time with the Concept 2 site first. Sign up for the LogBook at the top of the page. You can keep track of your training there, online.
Too often, I forget to use the log book unless it is for an Online Challenges or any row where I can get a ranking, like today. That said, please note #ImNotLast!
Good Luck and Great Rowing!