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My return to fitness with Concept 2

Posted: January 29th, 2019, 8:05 am
by Soleith
Just wanted to share my personal journey. In my younger days (early 40s now), I used to row as a cooldown from running. I had a pretty major skiing accident last February which resulted in a fractured tibia plateau. Two surgeries and months of being unable to walk later I was told by my surgeon not to run anymore due to the impact and likelihood of needing knee replacement surgery if I pushed the knee too hard in the future, so decided to go back to rowing. Bought a Model D with a PM5 and was able to start gently exercising again last August. I'm not a small guy at 6'3, 16 stone 8 (105kg, 232 pounds).

6 months of no exercise had taken its toll and my first row in early August resulted in a struggle to 4k with a poor 18 minutes 30 averaging 2m18.5s splits.

Over the course of the next 6 months, the highlights include:

Gradually speeding up to 4k in 17m42s (2:12.2 splits) by early Sept.
Upping to 5k and gradually speeding up to 22 mins (2:11.7 splits) by early October.
Upping to 6k and gradually speeding up to 25m35s (2:07.9 splits) by late October.
Upping to 7k and gradually speeding up to 29m55s (2:08 splits) by early November.
Upping to 8k and gradually speeding up to 34m43s (2:10 splits) by late November.
A PB 5k attempt which came in at 20m39s (2:03.9 splits) in mid January.
Upping to 10k and gradually speeding up to 42m25s (2:07.3 splits) by last week.

It's been a challenging year but I'm loving rowing again and wondering why I ever gave it up! Personal best times are getting harder to come by now at 10k distance and am slowly contemplating upping my distance again although time limitation is becoming a factor. I may try to keep 10k as the distance during the week and do a longer row on weekends.

I'm rowing on damper setting 4 which equates to a drag of about 110 according to the C2 app, typically at approximately 20spm.

Re: My return to fitness with Concept 2

Posted: January 29th, 2019, 6:43 pm
by Ombrax
Welcome back to the erg's pain, and congratulations. :)

And best of all, rowing will do more good things for your body than running.
(Of course nothing beats exercising outside, but that's a separate issue...)

Re: My return to fitness with Concept 2

Posted: February 4th, 2019, 5:16 am
by Soleith
Ombrax wrote:
January 29th, 2019, 6:43 pm
Welcome back to the erg's pain, and congratulations. :)

And best of all, rowing will do more good things for your body than running.
(Of course nothing beats exercising outside, but that's a separate issue...)
Many thanks Ombrax! It is indeed pain but the good kind! I'm also enjoying competing with myself. Managed to break through to under 42 minutes for 10k (41:50) this weekend.

Re: My return to fitness with Concept 2

Posted: February 7th, 2019, 10:28 am
by Dangerscouse
Soleith wrote:
February 4th, 2019, 5:16 am
Ombrax wrote:
January 29th, 2019, 6:43 pm
Welcome back to the erg's pain, and congratulations. :)

And best of all, rowing will do more good things for your body than running.
(Of course nothing beats exercising outside, but that's a separate issue...)
Many thanks Ombrax! It is indeed pain but the good kind! I'm also enjoying competing with myself. Managed to break through to under 42 minutes for 10k (41:50) this weekend.
Well done, progress is all you can ask for. Keep at it

Re: My return to fitness with Concept 2

Posted: February 7th, 2019, 1:47 pm
by Cyclist2
Another inspiring post about someone who takes getting fit seriously. Keep it up!

On the rare occasion I use the erg at a gym, it amazes me how many people get on the elliptical, let the machine do most of the work for them as they watch TV, while the ergs sit vacant (except for the 3 minute warm up rows at 35spm that the memory shows). There is definitely a skill involved in using the rower, which is equally as satisfying as the great workout.