Seattle to Portland Row

Most Pacific Northwest-dwellers have heard of the Seattle to Portland bike ride. It involves thousands of participants cycling 200+ miles over 1-2 days in July. Road biking is great, especially during summertime in the Pacific Northwest, but…

Have you ever thought about what it would be like to row that far?


Why not??

Kickstart your fitness goals in January by committing to row the distance from Seattle to Portland during the month of January! Use a Concept2 rowing machine to keep track of the distance you accumulate throughout the month. Meters rowed in classes count toward your total, and you can break it up however you want.

The Approach

Here are some numbers so you can start planning your approach:

Total distance = 281,000m
Days in January = 31

9065m/day if you spread it out evenly over 31 days
10,407m/day if you row every day except Sunday

That’s about 40-50 minutes of rowing per day. Come in before class and row for 20-30 minutes as your warm up; then stay for another 20-30 minutes to cool down. Don’t forget you can also alternate between shorter and longer distances. Maybe one day you will only have 10 minutes to spare, and another day you have the entire evening free! Plug into a podcast or your favorite playlist, focus on your rowing technique, or get a group of friends together and chitchat as you row. Concept2’s pace calculator will give you a more accurate sense of how long this will take you given your average rowing pace and time commitment each day.

Signing Up

It won’t cost you anything but time and sweat to participate: simply write your name on the back whiteboard and start keeping track of your meters. If you want a sweet limited-edition t-shirt to commemorate your efforts, email Monica with your t-shirt size by January 5th and she’ll charge your Wodify account $30 once the order has been placed.

But Why?

Steady state, sustainable aerobic work is one of the best ways to improve your performance in the gym, because increasing your aerobic base will help your recovery outside the gym AND during WODs. Besides, who doesn’t like starting the new year with a challenge?!

Do you hate rowing? Most often, people who hate rowing aren’t very good at it. Avoiding it isn’t going to help you get better, so you might as well get the practice in now so you can enjoy the fruits of more efficient technique later.

See you on the erg!

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