Friday, July 30, 2010

Just Row

My wonderful little Concept 2 rower has been perched up, center stage in The Garage for a good long time now and I have been neglecting it.  It wasn't until yesterday, when the crazy thunderstorm caused Toddy and Brian to come over here rather than meet me at the track, that I pulled it down, wiped the dust off and put it to use again...finally.  The guys did a 100 to 1000 meter ladder, taking turns on the thing while the other rested.  It looked like fun.  So, I replaced my 3 mile run with 10,000 meters for time.

This was purely mental for me.   My legs were a bit tight from the weeks workouts, but I assumed they would loosen up as I rowed; this was mostly the case, until the last 2500 meters.  My goal was to stick around a 2-minute per 500 pace, which I did for the first 3k or so, then I just got bored.  It has been a while since I have gone out and simply moved for a really long time, and my mind was not prepared for it.  I never really tired fully, I sweat like crazy, but was never totally fatigued until I pushed the last 1500 meters.  My first break came when I tried to put tape on my heels.  See, I stupidly went barefoot with this, and the foot-holders began ripping up the backs of my feet right around minute 2!  The tape promptly flew off.  So, my second break came when I throw my vivobarefoots on.  This helped a ton and I was able to make up some time, but I had already lost so much.

I then proceeded to take about 3 other breaks to grab a sip of water and towel off (when I say I was sweating, I was really, really, really SWEATING!  For those of you who know me well, that means it was more then most people can truly imagine!).  I was able to attack the last bit with a sub-1:45 time (proving I was dogging it for most of the way) and finish with a time of 42:06.  I know this is a sub-40 minute workout for me.  I then finished with a selection of couplets that included barbell overhead lunges with a rotation, isometric front raises with a weight hanging from a cable, martial arts kick-throughs, isometric hanging knee raises, KB figure 8's and wall sits with KB clean and presses.  It was a fun day.

Heavy lifting today, then off to Albany to show my buddy Kenny a good time (I feel like I missed out on supporting him in a way I should have for his wedding, so I wanted to give him a fun weekend, just him and I).  I have another post on nutrition coming up, with some cool pictures I found while visiting the National History Museum with my cousin. 

Enjoy the last couple days of July; not really sure why I feel this way, but I want to go all out in August!  Going to make it a crazy month in terms of fitness (it's going to be crazy enough given it is my last one living on the East Coast!)

Never Stop, GET FIT.

Josh Courage

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