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I am working towards sixty-minutes of slow rowing every day for the rest of my life

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I am finally doing it. After I burnt out my knees by going from zero to forty-five minutes of spin class in a day and then every day, I allowed myself to recover and now I am slowly building myself back up to committing sixty-minutes every evening to Maffetone rowing on my Concept2 indoor rower.

I am working towards sixty-minutes of slow rowing every day for the rest of my life

1988-1989 GWU Novice Crew 4

I am focusing on 60-minutes-a-day because the way Maffetone works is that the way slow-running and slow-jogging best works is by committing to as much time you can spare doing sustainable aerobic exercises, caring more about the number of minutes instead of the number of meters. Why? Well, because if I train regularly for sixty-minutes every night from around 8PM until around 9PM every night, for the rest of my life, my pace, intensity, speed, quickness, and distance will just naturally increase as my body both adapts and become more efficient, stronger, and more fit. 

Here's my progress so far. You'll see that I have been taking it really easy and just tip-toeing into the work.

Date Type Meters Duration
September 15, 2020 at 08:15PM 9:59 row 1695 10 minutes
September 16, 2020 at 07:05PM 11:35 row 2009 11 minutes, 36 seconds
September 16, 2020 at 07:37PM 10:44 row 1809 10 minutes, 45 seconds
September 17, 2020 at 07:52PM 15:12 row 2507 15 minutes, 13 seconds
September 22, 2020 at 07:30PM 12:33 row 2049 12 minutes, 34 seconds
September 23, 2020 at 08:29AM 18:06 row 3009 18 minutes, 7 seconds
September 23, 2020 at 08:13PM 16:06 row 2704 16 minutes, 7 seconds
September 24, 2020 at 08:34PM 15:03 row 2585 15 minutes, 4 seconds
September 25, 2020 at 09:08PM Night Row 5096 29 minutes, 52 seconds
September 26, 2020 at 08:24PM 30:02 row 5109 30 minutes, 2 seconds
September 27, 2020 at 07:38PM 29:59 row 5006 30 minutes


So, as of today, I am going to focus on just rowing for 30-minutes every day for the rest of this week, through Sunday; then, I will move onto 45-minutes for the seven days of next week or so; finally, I will move up to a full hour of rowing every day, and then work on just focusing on an easy 20-minutes of warming up, a solid 30-minutes of solid state rowing
—interspersed by power-10s and power-20s, and then ten minutes of cooling down. I can see how this might, necessarily, might become 90-minutes, however: 20-minutes of warming up, 50-minutes of steady-state rowing, and then 20-minutes of cooling down; or, 70-minutes: 20 of warmup, 30 of rowing, and then 20-minutes of cool down.  What do you think?

Chris Abraham rowing for the 1988-1989 GWU Novice Crew Team

Sep 28, 2020 04:30 PM | Comments (0)
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