Last week I committed to the Concept2 Holiday Rowing Challenge. My goal is to row 100,000 meters between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I’m glad to report that I made it to the gym every day I needed to and that I’m totally on target!
There are two great things about this Challenge. The more personal is that it is really pushing me in my workouts. I’ve realized that my past visits to the gym, while regular, have not really extended my physical limitations. Being on the rowing machine and having a distance I need to row every day really makes me push my speed and time.
The other benefit is that my rowing raises money for the Center for an Agricultural Economy in Hardwick, Vermont. They “engage agricultural leaders in the emerging 21st century food system to build capacity and inspire the public in supporting and implementing this system.” The Center inspires me because it pulls together great companies like High Mowing Seeds, NOFA-VT, Claire’s Restaurant and Bar, and Pete’s Greens, plus it congregates and connects local resources around existing farmers, businesses, land (community gardens), and community members. Very cool!
So I get back on the rowing machine tomorrow (Saturday) and I’ll try to chip away at the 74,000+ meters left in my challenge!
Photo credit: Concept2 Rowers For Sale