Monday, June 7, 2010

I'm still here!

I realize it has been a loooong time since my last post!  And my rowing meters have been suspiciously stagnant for the last couple months.   So I thought I would check in and let folks know what I have been up to.

As typically happens in the late spring, most of my attention gets pulled into triathlon training and CrossFit.   This year is no different.  Though I did branch out a bit and ran the Segahunda trail marathon relay race with some CrossFit friends. 

 Our marathon team the "Power Snatchers"

I ran the final leg of the marathon - in Inov8 trail shoes, not VFFs this time.

That was a great experience!   The course was challenging and running a relay marathon was lots of fun -- I've never run a race with a team before.   Our co-ed team placed second amongst the co-ed teams, so I felt pretty good about that.One of the credos of CrossFit is to "try a new sport" regularly.  For me, the trail marathon fulfilled that requirement for me.  And now I have at least two other trail races planned for the summer/fall, including the Northeast Warrior Dash.

I've also been moving my CrossFit Endurance focus from the rower to running.  We've been running CFE running classes three nights a week at CrossFit Rochester.  Teaching the classes has really had me working on my running technique, and I've been spending a lot of time running in my Vibram Five Fingers  (including a great new pair of Bikilas I got!!)   I really feel like my transition to a more "barefoot" running style has made huge strides thanks to the CFE classes and the Vibram shoes.  I really can't recommend them highly enough!

Vibram Five Finger Bikilas!!!

But with all this going on, fear not!  I have not forgotten my quest for a million meters this year.  I plan on getting in a few rowing workouts over the summer - though not at the March Madness pace I set earlier in the year.   With a little over 300,000 meters to go, I am certain I will be able to get the rest of them in once the summer begins to wind down.  Even if it means some "Fall Madness".  I'll be up for it!!

My apologies for being silent (I haven't even been on twitter lately!!!) and for seeming to fall off the face of the blogosphere (does the blogosphere have a face?)  I'm still here - keeping busy and working out like a maniac.  I'll be back on the erg before you know it.


  1. Glad to see you're enjoying this warmer weather and getting out more. That's what summer's about!

  2. Agree w/ Michelle!
    And it's called FRC, fall rowing challenge :)
    Keep us posted on the CrossFit / Triathlon results!

  3. @Michelle - I agree... I really love the summer!!!

    @Johan - I am *SO* there for the FRC!!! Really looking forward to it! Go C2TweetCrew!!!

  4. You have inspired me (44 year old male, in Orange County, California) to try to reach the same goal. Started in mid-March. Now up to 440k meters. Only 560k to go.

    I think I can get there but it is going to be close. Need to average around 3150 meters per day for the rest of the year. Current pace over the past two months (May and June): around 4,100 meters

  5. Hey Jeff G.

    Thanks for checking out my blog. Sounds like you are well on your way towards the goal! The on-line challenges at Concept 2 are a great way to get inspired to rack up the distance. There is a great community there as well.

    I'd also recommend connecting with the C2TweetCrew. We are an online group of (mostly) twitter users who row on the erg. The c2tweetcrew is a really wonderful, supportive group. We are also a virtual rowing team at Concept2 and welcome new members of any skill levels. Check out the web site ( or look us up at the Concept2 site.

    Thanks again for reading the blog. Look for *many* more posts later in the summer!!


  6. Your shoes are of Reebok,right! I've one like this pair.It's very comfortable during cross-fit training.And the crossfit sneakers of it are also too good. You can try that also.