Tuesday, March 2, 2010

It's coming together: Row For The Red Cross

The plans are coming together... on Sunday April 18th we will be kicking off what will hopefully be the first annual Row For The Red Cross.   We haven't quite got the on-line sign-up completed yet, but hopefully that will be in place before the end of the week.

This ideas started with my friend Bethany, the owner of CrossFit Geneseo, and I deciding to row a marathon in April as part of Concept2's Global Marathon Challenge.  We both agreed that it would be great to do this as a fund raiser for the Red Cross.   After thinking about it for a while, we both thought, "wouldn't it be cool if we could get other rowers involved in raising money too".   However, not everyone that jumps on an erg is crazy enough to row 42,195 meters in one workout, so we've decided to make it a bit more manageable (and still challenging).  So we are opening the event up to anyone that wants to row 5K for a great cause: your local Red Cross Chapter.

There are a lot of details to work out in a short amount of time.  If you are interested in donating or rowing for this event, check out the Row For The Red Cross web site later this week.  Hopefully we'll have all the details ironed out by then.

In other news, Concept2 has put me on their web site!  Check out the multisport page and follow the link to my testimonial.

I talk about how I have used CrossFit, CrossFit Endurance, and the Concept2 Erg as cornerstones of my triathlon training.  Last summer I competed in the same 6 sprint triathlons I have done for the last 3 years.  However, last year I did so without doing any triathlon-specific training.  Just lots of CrossFit which includes a good bit of rowing.  My times last year were improved by around 10% over prior years when I focused on traditional triathlon training (swim, bike, run, rinse, repeat).  Thanks to the people at Concept2 for giving me a shout-out!

Today I got two rowing sessions in.  A 10K this morning focusing on form at a moderate pace, and two 1K rows that were part of my evening CrossFit workout.  The workout was a 1K row, 4 rounds of a workout called the dumbbell MOTO (a diabolical dumbbell workout that was devised by the CrossFit Rochester owner Joe Celso), and then another 1K row.  Wasn't too happy with my second 1K time, but after 4 rounds of the DB MOTO, it was all I could muster.

Today's results:

Total Meters
1K (CrossFit)
1K (CrossFit)
Total for Day
Meters to go

1 comment:

  1. Hats off to you guys for the Row for the Red Cross! Love the way people like you are combining things that they love to do w/ a good cause, and getting others involved. Don't know about other communities, but there are lots of great initiatives that involve rowing/erging. Feels good.
    Congrats also on getting on the concept2 site. Nice article there.