CRASH-B Prep: A Tragedy

Feb 12, 2016

A month or so ago I posted about some tips I learned in my first few months here. I’ve passed my six-month mark at Concept2 and am allegedly doing this thing called C.R.A.S.H.- B. World Indoor Rowing Championship on February 28. Apparently, I’m supposed to compete in a division where the behemoths will go below six minutes on a 2k row, and I’ll be happy if I can even manage a personal best. I’m 99% sure I’ll be sub-seven minutes; this is based on the two tests I’ve done lately and how my interval training has been going, but then again, the day of CRASH-Bs I will be getting up at 3:30 a.m. to begin setting up for said event.

My Prep

"Donut" Fly and Die

I’m sure you’ve all tried rowing hard and had a great workout, but have you ever had a maple donut? As much as I love exercise, I get oh so distracted by donuts, pizza and whatever other carbs are lying around. When I’m not bulking up for my beach body, I have done some solid interval work, as well as some good length pieces. Doing the Row’d Royalty events helped in my training. This included a surprise 7500m piece, 250m x 6 with 45 seconds rest, a 2k with a 1k split score, and max meters in five minutes, just to name a few workouts. This variability really helped me work on my 2k pace, uncommon distances, and training I wouldn’t normally do. I am a strong advocate of consistent programming, but being forced out of your comfort zone is probably one of the best ways to train, especially mentally. If you only train in your comfort zone you will be less successful when testing comes along.

What I’m Expecting

Practice makes perfect, right? Well, my practice is nowhere near perfect, and I can count on one hand the number of 2ks I’ve done in my life. I have enough exercise practice to know my body, so if I don’t get caught up in adrenaline I should at least PR…right? I will begin my weekend with travel and race setup: building ergs, lugging boxes, lifting heavy things, etc. I will also be filming the event up until my race, so I’ll either be warmed up or have stiff legs. Somehow, though, I think I’ll pull off a good time.

My Goals

My goal is to not fly and die. My goal is to PR by eight seconds (hopefully that’s not too ambitious.) My goal is to have fun, be inspired by others, and ultimately get more immersed in this world. Another goal is to definitely find some delicious Boston donuts, so please email me at jamesonh@concept2.com with your favorite local donut locations.

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