When I retired from rowing I was sure I would continue to do it regularly as a recreational rower. Turns out that the motivation of a team and a coach are pretty strong catalysts. Full time job, a long commute to the rowing club, and other hobbies in my life mean that I didn’t row often.
I’ve had my rowing machine since high school. But whenever I got on the machine I would beat myself up for not being as fast or as fit as I used to be. I generally would do it sporatically as cross-training for running. I was lucky to break 140,000m in a year.
This month, with my running motivation low and my treadmill broken, I decided to try one of Concept2’s indoor rowing challenges. The Dog Days of Summer Challenge is a progressive challenge with a total of 100,000m. Week 1 was 10,000m, week 2 was 20,000m, week 3 was 30,000m and week 4 was a whooping 40,000m.
I’ve tried Concept2’s challenges in the past, but I always got bored with them part way through, or I didn’t have time in my running schedule.
I accomplished this challenge. I barely broke each weekly requirement, but I built up strength as I kept coming back to the erg. I erged up to 17,000m in one sitting to make the required mileage. I haven’t erged that far since college. I think I watched a whole Netflix movie while I did that session.
Best of all, even though the challenge ended on August 28th, I got on the erg for 10,000m on August 29th. I just wanted to get a great workout in.
I’m really hoping that this is the start of a awesome new relationship with my erg. I know that the equipment is available, I just need to let go of my expectations and just enjoy whatever show I’m binging on.
Have you ever tried the indoor rowing machine?