During my regular visits to the gym I found myself on the Concept2 Indoor Rower over and over again. I've tried all the other equipment, but only the erg kept calling me back. In the summer of 2005 I decided to buy my own. In the seven years since I've rowed over 14 million meters and I'm still going strong! About two years ago I joined the C2TweetCrew, a then small group of twitter based erg fanatics. It was the start of increasing intensity as we keep motivating each other. By now we're using Facebook more than Twitter and lots of us are frequent contributors to the Facebook Rowers group. The online fun has even increased further because of RowPro, the online erging tool. Meeting up with others during offline rows, like the Ergomarathon, Ergohead or the German Marathon Meisterschaft, adds another dimension to the sport for me.
I particularly like to talk to non-ergers about the lively C2-subculture, just to see their jaws drop to the floor. It might be true that I've got to pull the chain myself, but I feel far from alone when I take my seat on the machine. A big thank you to the Concept2 community and all my friends from the C2TweetCrew for that!