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.
Last weekend I participated in the Ironmen Erg Classic, hosted by Don Bosco Prep rowing. I don’t usually do indoor rowing races, but this one encouraged participation by CrossFit boxes so I figured I’d jump in and support it. It turned out to be a great race – well organized, 100% on-time (a rarity in rowing), and with enough participants to get it into the Top 10 indoor rowing events in the US this year. Well done Bosco!
They ran all of the mens masters categories together, which was fun. I didn’t have a great time as I was still tired from the Row’d Royalty competition, but I managed to come in first in the 40-49 age group and 2nd overall. It was a good checkpoint for my personal training, and a fun time seeing a lot of faces I know from the NJ/NY rowing and CrossFit communities. I especially like the timing at the end of January – far enough ahead of CRASH-Bs but far enough out of the holiday season. I’ll definitely be back next year and would encourage any CrossFitters in the NY/NJ area to give it a try.
Join me in the Row’d Royalty challenge starting January 7. This is a CrossFit Open – style online rowing competition run by Diablo CrossFit, with prizes for the top finishers. Register at http://rowdroyalty.com