A Vegan Athlete Rows a Marathon and Finishes 4th in the World!

6 Jan

Proud of my husband who has accomplished so much for someone who has only been rowing for 2 years.

Proud of my husband who has trained for months - even during the few weeks when a bug visited our house and we all just wanted to be in bed.

Proud of my husband who decided to stick to his Vegan diet.  Having turned Vegan 2 years ago, he persevered the rigorous athletic training on a plant-based diet.

Here are some thoughts from my husband post his indoor rowing marathon today.

We are an indoor rowing family.  My son is dressed as Wolverine with a serious look on his face.  He wants to beat his record too!

My son, on the rowing machine, is dressed as Wolverine with a serious look on his face.  When he found out his dad came in 4th, he exclaimed: “What? Is that it? I wanted you to finish 1st!”

What is 42,195 meters?

It’s the same distance people run for a marathon – 26 miles and 385 yards.  To cover this distance on an indoor rower, it took me 2 hours 51 minutes and 36 seconds, which currently ranks me 4th in my age group and 7th overall in the world for lightweight male rowers of any age.  It took me close to four months of training to prepare.

What does it feels like?

” Marathon runners talk about hitting ‘the wall’ at the twenty-third mile of the race. What rowers confront isn’t a wall; it’s a hole – an abyss of pain, which opens up in the second minute of the race. Large needles are being driven into your thigh muscles, while your forearms seem to be splitting. Then the pain becomes confused and disorganized, not like the winded-ness of the runner or the leg burn of the biker but an all-over, savage unpleasantness. ” – Ashleigh Teitel, rower

What energy is expended during this row?

About 2,800 calories which are more calories than the average American eats in 24 hours.

My weight dropped by 5.6 pounds (mostly water loss).

What effort did it take?

Heart rate averaged 80% of maximum.

Wattage output average was 193.

12 new blisters, one was big enough to pop with 1 hour of rowing remaining.

Leg muscles still twitching 3 hours after completing the row.

Why do it?

To overcome a fear of failure.

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One Response to “A Vegan Athlete Rows a Marathon and Finishes 4th in the World!”

  1. Jaime C. Gonzalez January 7, 2013 at 3:08 am #

    WOW! Congratulations!!! This is quite an achievement, in spite of the comment of the Wolverine.
    I had to think twice about the reason why you did it. Not so sure I understand or appreciate your reason. As opposed “to overcome a fear of failure”, I thought a stronger motivation might have been “to successfully achieve a goal which very few are able to do so”. In any case, this was truly impressive.

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