Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wednesday's Workout: Rowing Makes Me Sick

ROWING. Why'd it have to be rowing?


3 rounds for time:
  • One minute to complete 20 air squats
  • One minute to row max distance (in meters)
  • One minute to complete 10 pull-ups
  • One minute to row max distance (in meters)
  • One minute to complete 10 burpees
  • One minute to row max distance (in meters)
Scoring is calculated by totaling the number of meters rowed.

I make no secret of the fact that rowing is the bane of my CrossFitting existence. "Hate" is not too strong a word to use when describing how I feel about having to climb onto the erg. But that's also why I force myself to practice. We keep an erg in our garage, and I dutifully mount that torture device every few days in the hopes that one day, I'll suck less at rowing.

Did my homework help me in today's WOD? Yes and no. I rowed with improved form and maintained a good stroke rate, but the sheer exertion required -- especially with squats, pull-ups and burpees thrown into the mix -- took a toll. My legs felt like flaming jelly by the middle of the second round. And the final round of 10 burpees took me the entire minute to complete. Every time I stumbled back to the rower, my pace got slower. Eighteen minutes after the start of the workout, I limped to the finish.

Result: 2,239 total meters as RXed (meaning I did the pull-ups unassisted). My pace was just under 250 meters per minute.

I'm satisfied with my score -- despite the fact that it's not my best performance on the erg. Last July, I rowed 2K in 7:45, keeping a pace of a little over 260 meters per minute -- before collapsing on my couch at home and immediately coming down with a fever.

Well, it's nice to know that some things stay the same, 'cause once again, I feel a cold coming on. For some reason, rowing 2K+ appears to be a surefire way to thrash my immune system and lower my defenses against the germs that my kids generously bring home from school.

Good times.