Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Inspirational rowing

A fellow rower, Johan Hoeke, tweeted a link to a video Felix Bach, the of the winner of the CRASH-B Junior HW division.  He pulled a 5:51.8 2k in the finals.  Well, actually he pulled it in the heat immediately after the men's junior HW finals... you see, when he started in the actual final heat his first pull was so explosive it lifted the front of the rower off the ground AND broke the chain!!!  So they let him row in the following heat - the junior women's finals.  His finishing time was 20+ seconds faster than the second place guy!   Talk about an amazing performance...  

As I watched the video of him rowing, I was so impressed by his timing and form.  The whole race he is pulling a sub-1:30/500m pace, and he doesn't even look like he's trying hard.  It just looks effortless and natural.   Not until the last 200m or so does he look like he's working hard.  (And I have no doubt he is working his butt of the whole time... he just makes it look easy!)

Quite an inspirational row...reminds me that I really need to focus on form and rhythm on the longer rows.

My efforts today didn't break any CRASH-B records, that's for sure, but I did manage to get two sessions in - in spite of a headache that seemed to get better by the second row during my CrossFit workout this evening.   Getting very close to the 800,000 mark.  I may have to throw in a 15,000m row tomorrow just to push it over the top.   Guess I'll see how I feel in the morning.

Today's results:

Total Meters
3x300m (CF warmup)
Total for Day
Meters to go

1 comment:

  1. glad you liked the vid, I did too. Agree 100% about the form and the inspiration factor! Figure we'll be seeing Felix in the olympics in 2012. Keep up the rowing and the writing! cheers, Johan