Back in November, I came across a holiday rowing challenge hosted by Concept2. Row 200,000 meters from Thanksgiving day to Christmas Eve. This is what I learned rowing 200,000 meters.
What I Learned Rowing 200,000 Meters
I’ve had my Concept2 Rower since Mother’s Day of 2019 and I have enjoyed rowing on it from time to time, or when it called for it in a CrossFit workout. Occasionally, and rarely, rowing 10,000 meters just to say I did it.
But a typical row might consist of something like 400 meters x 3 – it would be included in a CrossFit workout. Something like this:
3 Rounds for Time of - 10 Power cleans, 90# 20 Sit-ups 30 Air squats 400 meter row
That’s a total of 1200 meters. And the workouts may or may not include rowing. I didn’t row every single day.
So when this Concept2 Holiday Rowing Challenge presented itself, I thought why not. I’ll give it a try. They listed two options to choose from – 100,000 meters or 200,000 meters from November 26 – December 24 2020.
I selected the 200,000 meters. And it terrified me because of the reasons I listed above; lack of rowing long distances on a consistent basis.
But then I picked the charity, one of about five charities for this particular challenge. A Most Beautiful Thing. I blogged about it HERE.
Now that the challenge is over and I actually completed it, surpassed it, with 215, 921 meters in 25 of the 29 days allotted, I thought I would share what I learned by rowing 200,000 meters.
You can also find it on my More ReMarks podcast.
- The body can do more than the mind thinks it can.
- I CAN finish something.
- Improved rowing form and techniques.
- Gave me something positive to focus on.
- A good form of prayer and meditation.
- It is peaceful and healing.
- I learned about the first black high school rowing team.
- …”when children are repeatedly hit by environmental stress, their brains don’t have a chance to recover, meaning that permanent damage to their brain structure and function can take place.” ~ from A Most Beautiful Thing website.
- ….”one of the most effective ways not only to heal the brain, but also to aid in its development, is through patterned, repetitive, and rhythmic-based activities such as dance, yoga, and rowing. ” ~ also from A Most Beautiful Thing resource page.
That last bullet point kind of woke me up a little bit. It makes sense why I have taken to rowing and why I like it, finding it peaceful and fulfilling.
I learned how to row correctly. Man, I was totally wrecking my rowing before.
Two YouTube channels helped me tremendously.
Now that the Holiday Challenge is over I am on a new one for the New Year. It is also from Concept2 (they have a challenge every month) and January’s challenge is appropriately called January’s Revolution.
Again, they gave choices but no charity attached to this one. And of course, I had to pick the toughest one – to row 20,000 CALORIES in the month of January. It is called The Big Burn.
Rowing calories is totally different from rowing meters. I mean you still row the same but the time and distance is totally different. I’ll get into that in a future post.
Go watch A Most Beautiful Thing documentary. It is jaw-dropping and amazing. I loved it. I am glad I picked them as my inspiration to row 200,000 meters.
And thanks for reading.