Today I logged the last workouts for Row’d Royalty 2016 after also doing a 2K race over the weekend. I’m glad the indoor rowing competitions are over for me for 2016 and I can concentrate on core training and CrossFit for the next 45 days or so. Looks like I finished 14th out of 139 entries in the Masters 40-49 “tall” category, which is 4 spots higher than in 2015.
I found the format to be tougher this year in terms of how to fit it into regular programming at CrossFit Ignite, and the competition to be stiffer. I also found the web experience to be significantly worse than last year, to the point where I was unable to upload pictures for some of the workouts while I was traveling – the website interface to submit scores and pictures was really slow and cumbersome. It’s a good competition, but I hope next year they improve the website, and they extend the WOD window so that east coast boxes can program it more easily and generate more participants.
Well it finally happened! A CrossFitter sits atop the world record pyramid for C2 indoor rowing. Congrats to Sam Briggs for breaking the lightweight womens’ record in 1:33.4! I sometimes wonder why we don’t see more CrossFitters duking it out for the short-distance records. I would expect to see a lot more of this as CrossFit athletes are large, strong, fit, and tough, and that counts more than technique for the shorter distances. Any men out there that can flirt with 1:10 for 500m ? This one has stood since 1991 – someone (large :-) )should target it.
For CrossFitters and rowers in the NY/NJ/CT metro area, there is a great indoor rowing event on January 30 sponsored by Don Bosco Prep. The location is easy, it is well-run and on-time, and last year it was one of the top 5 indoor regattas in the US based on attendance. CrossFit boxes are especially encouraged to attend. The timing of the event is especially good for rowers looking looking for a mid-season check-in on their winter training before the end-of-February championships and CRASH-Bs.
It’s a straight 2K race, with connected ergs so you can go head-to-head against the competition.
They are also selling off the race machines at a discount if you are interested in getting a like-new C2.
The third annual Ironmen Erg Classic Indoor Regatta will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2016. Registration is currently open on Regatta Central https://www.regattacentral.com/user/registration/?job_id=4281&org_id=0
As a USRowing registered regatta, all participants will be required to sign a 2016 USRowing waiver (details to follow).
Competitors that are interested in buying an Erg for home can reserve one of the Race Ergs.
Regularly $900 + $45 shipping, Race Ergs are available for $825
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a race erg or if you have any questions.
Sign up for this – don’t miss it. You can register under a rowing club or a CrossFit box affiliation. This year they are raffling off a C2 rower each week. This is run a little like the CrossFit Open competition, but with some challenging rowing workouts. See you there!
Overpeck, sunset, 65 degrees on the day after Thanksgiving. What a finale to be thankful for, among other things!
The Head of the Charles 2015 live webcast is located at http://www.hocr.org/the-regatta/live-webcast/
You can watch live or select an event number to view after the fact.
My race is the Senior Master 4+, Saturday 10:44 AM, bow #4, Ever Green Boat Club, bow seat.
Red Bull High Stakes is a wrap with Ever Green topping the alumni-focused crews and coming in 6th out of the 14 teams. I was a little skeptical of the event, but it turned out to be well-run, smoothly organized, and with a ton of rolodex crews that were the Who’s Who of anybody who wasn’t currently going to worlds (and some who were)!
There was a wide mix of teams – elites, alumni/ae, adaptive, veterans, and clubs, which made for exciting racing. Even the elites were not immune from mishap (e.g. the Graves brothers getting divebombed by geese). The vibe was causal, Riverside was a great host, and Sean Wolf was a great ringleader.
I was definitely one of the older athletes, and it was fun to mix it up with the young guns. Good luck to Dave Smith and Phil Henson who were a couple of days away from a plane ride to Aiguebelette in the ML8+, and I hope to do it again next year!
Thanks to Igor Belakovskiy again for fabulous pics at http://scullingfool.smugmug.com/Rowing/Club-Racing/Red-Bull-High-Stakes-2015
Ever Green Boat Club team at the Red Bull High Stakes