Look at me only paying €55.39 per workout!

I suppose that there’s something positive to be said of a guy who managed to get a €1,439.84 workout down to a mere fifty-five Euros.

Twenty-six rowing workouts later

That’s right, I’ve recorded twenty-six rowing workouts. I sometimes forget to write down that I’ve rowed and then I’m not sure if I recorded it or not, so that number might not be accurate.

So, that’s the first thing that’s changed: I don’t record workouts with tally-marks. I write down the date of each workout and then, if I’m not sure whether or not I wrote down yesterday’s workout, I can see if yesterday’s date is there.

A developing routine

As rowing has become less and less something I “get” to do (there was a time when I looked forward to the next day’s workout and resented the rest day in between) and instead became another thing that I have to make time for, it’s probably inevitable that a certain degree of routine has crept in.

My workouts tend to be one of the following:

  • Steady rowing. This is probably my “laziest” workout. There are days when I don’t feel up to pushing myself, but know I’ll be disappointed if I don’t get a workout in. So, I get the machine out and I try to maintain a stroke rate of 22 for thirty minutes.
  • A complete dark horse workout. There are a couple of workouts that Dark Horse Rowing has made available on YouTube. These always kick my butt and leave me feeling like I did something worthwhile. Generally, I download these videos if I plan to do the workout again, because the ads are less than fun.

I haven’t yet branched out into other rowing channels on YouTube. I like the way Shane Farmer (spelling?) of Dark Horse talks to me, I enjoy his mannerisms, and I haven’t gotten tired of anything yet.

Balancing out rowing

I don’t know if you know this, but Germany is going through another “light” lockdown and most of my work is from home. My step counts are way down, and, if I don’t run, there are a lot of days when I would never leave the apartment.

I’ve begun to get the sense that rowing and running aren’t enough. So, I’ve started doing other exercise videos (including this one, that my daughter picked to do when she was home for a quarantine–it routinely kicks my butt) and pushups and wall stands.

My son has got it into his head that he’d like to do backflips, so we might start training cartwheels. We’ll see.

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