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Row 1,000 Miles in a Year: Update 2

Row your boat, ladies and gents.

Are you ready to row? To start at the beginning of this journey, read Update 1 first.

Flywheel Blues

If you’ve ever been on a rowing machine (ergometer), then you’ve probably felt the pain that arrives after several minutes of pulling. It doesn’t matter how strong you are, as the flywheel’s resistance grows the harder you pull, but everyone feels this wall at some point. It’s for this reason that a lot of people think of the rowing machine as a torture device. I personally think that might be a little extreme, but I think that it is one of the harder workouts a person can do.

When I began my journey on January 1st, 2019, I was going strong and rowing almost every day. Things were going well until the second week of February when I contracted an upper respiratory infection. It was one of the more brutal colds I’ve had in years and it lingered. Since rowing increased heart rate dramatically and is super taxing on your cardio-respiratory system, I took about 10 days off in a row in February. I found that once my body was ready for more action my mind wasn’t. I’d lost the habit.

The Slight Edge

I heard a theory once that it takes 21 days to create a habit and 3 days to break one. There is a ton of truth to this statement. You are what you consistently do, and I needed to consistently row to meet my goal.

If you’re interested in a fantastic book about the powers of habit and consistently pursuing goals, read The Slight Edge.

Slight Edge Row

Once my lungs could take the heat, I got back on the Erg. I found that in the short time I’d been away I’d lost a little bit of stamina. Those 10K and 12K rows were feeling much harder than before and I discovered that I only wanted to go 5K or 6K. While some of this was likely a loss of stamina, I think most of it was mental.

Rowing requires a certain amount of mental fortitude to keep going long after it becomes uncomfortable. I think that was the greatest lesson I’ve learned since my last update: Rowing is far more mental than most people understand or give it credit.

With that, here are my recent stats:

Current Stats (as of 3/3/19)

140.59 cumulative miles

226,216 cumulative meters

Weight loss in February: 0.5 pounds

Body fat change in February: -1.0%

Although I plateaued with my weight due to inconsistency with rowing, my body fat did dip disproportionately, which is a great sign of body recomposition (losing body fat while maintaining current weight and gaining muscle).

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