It was late in the afternoon Sunday evening. I saw a Facebook comment inviting me to an hour long (60 minute) row the following morning.
I honestly don’t know why I said yes.
I’m sure that a number of you have rowed 1K, 2K or maybe even 5K. It’s not that fun right? Most of my friends really don’t enjoy getting on the erg for more than a few minutes let alone an entire hour!
You know how your coach is always telling you not to “blow it out of the water” at the beginning of a rowing WOD? Well this time you’d better listen otherwise you are smoked, and by smoked, I mean burnt to a crisp.
I kept the pace around 2:40/500m for the first 30 minutes or so, then very very slowly moved it between 2:10-2:30/500m, focusing on long, slow strokes and keeping the breathing consistent.
Honestly, it wasn’t as bad as I thought and having 5 other people around me made it much easier.
Workouts like this are great for an active rest day. You really shouldn’t be huffing and puffing afterwards otherwise you’re racing.
CHALLENGE: Next week, give a 5K or a 10K row a shot. Aim for 2:30 – 2:50/500m and take it one stroke at a time.