Friday, April 30, 2010

I'm baaaack...

So I have been conspicuously absent recently.  There has been a lot in life that has conspired to keep me off the erg lately.

First, once I completed the marathon for the Red Cross, I felt like I needed a bit of a break.  The Concept2 March madness challenge, followed by the marathon, forced me to put in a lot of meters in a month and a half.   By the time I finished the marathon I was starting to feel a little bit of burnout.   I was just not feeling excited about getting back on the rower.   That, to me, is a sure sign that a short break was needed.

Last weekend, I traveled with Laura to Dallas Texas for a CrossFit Level 1 certification class.   I have been doing CrossFit for over 2 years now and have been wanting to get my teaching certification for about a year now.   It was a long time coming, but in one regard I am glad I waited.  The certification process is more formal now and includes a graded test at the end.  This was formally introduced 4 weeks ago.  Anyone who took the certification class in the past, needs to go back and take the test to be officially certified.  So, I am glad I don't have to do that!    The great news is that I passed the test and now am officially certified to teach CrossFit!   Can't wait to start putting that to action!

It has also taken me a while to get into a good routine with my new dog, Kira.   She's a great dog, but is still a bit of a handful - as puppies are prone to being.  My past routine of waking up and rolling onto the rower for a 10K has become, rolling out of bed, letting the dogs out, running a mile with Kira, feeding the dogs, and THEN rowing 10K.   Still working out the kinks in that schedule to find a reliable way of logging the meters on the rower.    I'm sure I'll figure it all out.

I did manage to get a quick 1,500 meters in as part of a warmup at CrossFit earlier in the week.  I have to pull that data off my log card and record it here.  In the mean time, my 10K row from this morning is recorded below.  Feeling like my technique is off a bit after the 2-week hiatus.  Kept the pace pretty easy and tried to focus on that...

Finally, I just wanted to say one more time - THANK YOU!!! to everyone that donated, rowed, or provided support to the Row For The Red Cross!   We are going to try to roll it out on a much bigger scale next year.   I sincerely support all the encouragement from friends, and particularly from the online rowing community.    (Speaking of which, if you happen to stumble upon my blog and are a rower, check out the rapidly growing community of rowers at Charles Anderson - the creator of the site and the founder of the Concept2 virtual rowing team "tweetcrew" - has done an amazing job with the site.  Some awesome features there.  Check it out!)

Total Meters
Total for Day
Meters to go


  1. Glad to see you back Jeff and crongrats again on the level 1! I'm at 570K now and feeling pretty confident about the million. Did a 30K week this week, but I am definitely taking it easy on the pace. You're still waaay ahead of me!

  2. Great job Rice! You did awesome at the Red Cross Row, and you are almost 3/4 of the way done! And it is only May!