Tuesday, February 9, 2010

For the greater good

I've been thinking quite a bit about how to leverage my goal of rowing a million meters this year into something for the greater good.  One thing that I will be doing in April is rowing a marathon with Bethany at CrossFit Geneseo (along with some other CrossFit friends who will be joining us for segments of the row).  Bethany and I have decided to make that a row for charity.  As we work out the details, I'll post the specifics here.

But in the arena of working for the greater good, and thinking globally and acting locally, one person I have come across in the rowing community that I'm finding inspiration in is Michelle Toy.  She's planning a 100k row in June to raise $40,000 to build a school in Mozambique.  Michelle is knocking out long rows in training that make me tired and sore just thinking about!  What a great cause, and what a fantastic example of turning individual action into something that can positively impact so many lives.

If you'd like to follow her journey, I encourage you to check out her blog "I Go 100".  Good luck Michelle!!!

As for today's step on my journey, I did a 10K row this morning and broke 45 minutes for the first time.  My 10K times seem to be improving pretty organically - meaning that I am not really trying to beat a certain time on the longer rows... just pulling at a comfortable pace.  My comfortable pace seems to be gradually getting faster, which is encouraging.

This morning's row:

Total Meters
Total for Day
Meters to go


  1. Wow - thank you so much Jeff! I know you will do a great job on the marathon and hit a great time. I'll be cheering you on, along with a lot of other people!

  2. Glad to give you a shout-out Michelle. Keep up the fantastic effort!!