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.
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.