Well I had 2 good races on Sunday at the Head of the Passaic: I stroked a Nereid 8+, which was rehearsal for the Head of the Charles next weekend, and bowed a composite double with an elite lightweight from NYAC. Unfortunately they both results in second place finishes, by 3 seconds in the 8+ and by 7 seconds in the 2x, ironically to a crew of massively huge Crossfitters from SoNo Athletic Club in Connecticut. It was the typical head race chaos – junior quads t-boned under the bridge, stopping the 2x race, etc., but it was a beautiful fall day and a good time overall. I talked to Chris, the SoNo coach, and he seems to have an interesting concept – he describes SoNo as “a Crossfit box that is also a rowing club”. I’ll have to go check it out.
Today I got on the water in a single and did a very old favorite that I first suffered through in 2001. This was originated by Ted Bonnano, who has coached Fordham and NYAC for like a million years. I remember the first time I did it, I was rowing for North Bay Rowing Club and California Rowing Association and just visiting Nereid, which is now my home club. It was exquisitely painful then, and surprisingly less so now because the format is familiar from Crossfit Endurance:
2:15 on, 0:45 off
1:45 on, 0:30 off
1:15 on, 0:15 off
Wash out the lactate and repeat.
Today was especially challenging because I hit debris and lost my skeg just after the warmup. I was upriver anyway so I just decided to attempt it on the way home. It was a wild ride careening into the wind with wild steering and water flying everywhere. But kinda fun.
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