Wednesday, May 1, 2013

I Hate Rowing

by Meghann on May 1, 2013

We had a doozy at CrossFit this morning.

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Yay for run! Boo for row. 🙁

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I HATE the rowing machine. I hate it with passion. I try, I promise I try. I push with my legs, I let it go all the way back to starting position, and I do everything else they tell me to do, but it hasn’t clicked yet. Ugh.

This was a partner workout. We took turns doing each segment of the run or row. For example, my partner did the 100 meter run, then I did the 100 meter run. She ran 250 meters, then I ran 250 meters. etc. etc. Personally I was so excited to run that I failed to see the 800 row attached (<–ow).

I partnered with a girl who claimed she was a slow runner, but I told her that wasn’t a problem since I was a slower rower. As predicted, the run was fun. My partner held her own and I tried to make up time by giving it my all on the run portions. I felt fast, strong, and happy to be moving.

Run:

100 meter, 250 meters, 500 meters, 800 meters

Then we got to the rowing machine. This is the part where we went from being neck and neck with the other teams to falling desperately behind. I bonked on the 800 row. Really, really bonked. I was exhausted off of the run and not feeling it. Plus, 800 was the longest distanced I’ve rowed before at one time. Ever.

Row:

800 meters, 500 meters, 250 meters, 100 meters

The deeper we got into the rows, the farther we fell behind everyone else. On our second to last set I realized the rest of the teams were already done. They gathered around the rowing machines to cheer us on as I desperately finished the last sets. They were supportive, but man it was ugly. We ended up finishing two minutes behind the closest team.

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There was a guy in class who said he just wanted to get the run over with so he could row. He loved to row, but hated to run. My completed opposite in every way. I love to run, but hated to row. I guess we all have those things that we love to do and hate to do, but we push through both to be better, well-rounded individuals.

I had a play date at Disney on Monday with some old friends.

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Ash and Lew Plus 2!

I met Ash and Lew at Foodbuzz festival in 2010. Lew famously allowed me to smash a cupcake on his face.

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Yep. It was pretty epic.

We’ve kept in touch and randomly reconnected over the years.

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April 2011

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October 2011

The twins have gotten so big!

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Anyway, Ash and Lew have both gotten into CrossFit lately and Ash has even competed in a few CrossFit competitions.

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How badass is she?

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Damn, girl!

CrossFit competitions have always made me a bit nervous in the past. Who am I kidding? They intimidate the hell out of me. But talking to Ash, she totally took the imitation factor out of it. She does the scaled competitions and does them just for fun. Talking to her about CrossFit competitions was like talking about road races. I know there are people out there who find running races intimidating, when they’re really not at all. Most runners are out there running just for themselves, just like the CrossFitters are there just competing for themselves. It’s fun. Plain and simple.

I have ZERO plans to do a CrossFit competition right now, but I’m not 100% ruling it out in the future. Definitely a scaled competition and definitely one where I’ll know a face or two to cheer me on. Oh, and rows aren’t allowed. That’s a rule too! 😉

Have you ever competed in something outside of a road race or triathlon? I competed in a beauty pageant back in high school. Does that count?

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