|Are those bombs or 2.5 lb weights?|
Jeff joined me @ LFF. His foot is still hurting, so he joined me for a C2 rower lesson.
David, one of the trainers, approached me as I was stretching and said, “Did you wear a weight vest when you entered the gym?” “Yes,” I replied. “Why do you ask?” He smiled and said, “Some woman reported you to the front desk. She said you looked like a terrorist with a bomb strapped to your chest.” Haha! Again, I don’t think a weight vest would ever be mistaken as an explosive device at a CrossFit box.
I taught Jeff how to set the flexfoot and damper, and the mechanics of rowing, i.e., catch, drive, finish, and recovery. He caught on very quickly.
I used the opportunity to warm up, and found that I needed a higher damper setting than normal. I set the damper @ 7.5.
100m, :22.6, 1:53/500m pace, 50 s/m
15 sec rest
200m, :44.9, 1:52.2, 35
30 sec rest
300m, 1:06.6, 1:51.0, 33
45 sec rest
400m, 1:30.1, 1:52.6, 31
500m, 1:53.2, 31
2 min rest
400m1:27.3, 1:49.1, 34
300m, 1:05.4, 1:49.0, 35
45 sec rest
200m, 44, 1:50, 35
30 sec rest
100m (I didn’t record, but it was fast! I know I was rowing @ 1:39/500m)
I wore a 25 lb, non-explosive weight vest for added intensity. While rowing the first 200m, one of the men who work at the front desk told me more details about the women reporting a terrorist. We all had another laugh.
During my rest after the 500m, a man kept looking at me and then finally approached. He said, “I just want you to know that you inspire me. After seeing you do intervals, I started to do them on the treadmill. I’ve gotten much faster, I feel fitter, and I’ve lost weight. Again, you’re an inspiration.” Jeff listened to the entire conversation, and said he wasn’t at at all surprised. He said, “See, you inspire people.” He didn’t roll his eyes, so I think he was serious. I’m not sure what to make of this… Haha!
Back to the WOD. This was tough! This is the first time I’ve rowed with a weight vest, and it certainly adds to the workout. As the recovery time was generally short, it was challenging catching my breath and getting ready for the next rep. Jeff asked me or more than one occasion if was okay. I kept saying, “I’m doing reps! I don’t care if people hear me breathing hard!”
I just asked Jeff how my breathing sounded when I was rowing. He replied, “You were loud. And it was kind of scary. It sounded like you were running out of air.” Oh, interval training, how I adore thee!