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My latest plan for getting fit fast

I plan to spend my workdays at my sports club since they have Wi-Fi, someplace nice to work, air conditioning, lots of changes to work out, and it’s far from access to junk food. It’s also around lots of fit people, I pay dues, and I’ll pedal bicycle the 4.6 miles there and the 4.6 miles home. Perfect!

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Chris Abraham rowing sweep heavyweight 8 man crew GWU

I was a college rower on a college crew

My Novice GW Crew coach, Stephen Weiss, was my idol. No matter how young and strong and cocky we young rowers were during training, Steve could take us. He could row faster, he could lift stronger, he could run further, he could sprint harder. At the time, he seemed so old, but he was really only 12-years older than I was. I was 18 and so he was only 30. So young. I received this photo from him just today.

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Concept2 Fall Team Challenge

Planning for 20 more erging days left in the Concept2 Fall Team Challenge

Between now and midnight, October 15, I have 20 full days to row at least 200,000 meters. So far, I’ve rowed 59,508 meters and have 140,492 meters left to go. That requires me to erg an average of 7,024.6 meters-per-day between now and then. I feel pretty good about this as I’ve been getting in […]

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Concept2 Fall Team Challenge

Sunday Fall Team Challenge Update

I spent parts of all day rowing along a little bit at a time but I added 11,289 meters to the 39,946 meters I had accrued. So, according to my lovely Concept2 Logbook’s 2018 Fall Team Challenge page, I’m up to 51,235 meters total–that means I am 25.6175% of the way to my goal of 200,000 meters, 200kms, […]

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Chris Abraham Rowing Concept2 Holiday Challenge Rowing Erging Indoor Rowing Logbook

8,011 meters in four easy pieces

Time Duration Dist Stroke Pace Watts Cals Avg HR 10:38:00 PM 09:46.2 1,757m 26 02:46.8 75 90 147 9:43:00 PM 14:45.2 2,674m 25 02:45.5 77 137 147 8:44:00 PM 08:39.5 1,577m 25 02:44.7 78 81 145 7:50:00 PM 10:55.0 2,003m 25 02:43.5 80 103 139   44:05.9 8,011. 25.25 02:45.1 77.5 411 578 I checked […]

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Getting some rowing in (I never remotely do it enough: frequency, intensity, or duration)

I was able to motivate myself enough, even after a terrible sinus headache, into doing almost seven thousand easy meters. It wasn’t a lot in terms of intensity, distance, or duration, but I got it done. And, as always, I am forever the optimist that this will suddenly really take and that every day I will do either an erg, a run–or both. Hope springs eternal! Just do it!

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I’m my own worst enemy

Every day is a series of successes, failures, excuses, being a weather wimp (which doesn’t work because I have an erg), and blaming a launch sprint crunch. It’s all bullshit. There’s always time for a run or a row, after all. But this makes me way more accountable. And I mark all my fails in the book and yellow-highlight them.

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Potomac Boat Club

Membership in the Potomac Boat Club Concept2 Team is Empowering

The Concept2 virtual team challenge, World Erg Challenge, is ten-days old and I’ve only clocked 24,607 meters so far–but I am still mid-pack in the Potomac Boat Club. For context, challenge leader, Parker Sheppard, has clocked 126,445 meters–more than 100,000 meters ahead of me. But I am picking up and am hopeful and am also having fun and am […]

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2018 concept2 mud season madness challenge

Mud Season Madness starts today on March 1—get in those 10km days!

I haven’t erged yet today but I am going to aim at rowing at least 10,000 meters every day on my Concept2 Model C indoor rowing ergometer for at least 25-days during March.  Why am I being so specific with 10,000 meters and 25 days in March? 10k-A-Day Keeps the Doctor Away Why don’t you join […]

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2018 concept2 challenges

My 2018 New Year’s resolutions

Happy new year everyone! It’s 2018 and I am actually putting together a list of my own personal new year’s resolutions: slow jog, slow row, kick box, bell-swing, push-ups, sit-ups, squats, and, finally, some weight-training. When it comes to eating, my Achilles heel has never really been what I eat, it’s always been how much. I […]

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