Thursday Truths: I Wanted To Row 2000m In Under 7 Minutes

Thursday Truths

The One Day Of The Week Where I Own Up To Something.

I wanted to row 2000m in under 7 minutes on an indoor rower.

Friend or foe?

Friend or foe?

Back in 2016 I was part of a fitness team at a large commercial facility and during a weekly staff meeting it was announced that we were all to participate in a 12 week challenge with a prize for the best achievement.

We had to select a goal to complete in 3 months and each of us would be paired up with an accountabilabuddy to keep us motivated and on track.

Many of the goals of the participants were based around strength or body composition outcomes as you would expect from personal trainers.

Six Years Older But Not Any Wiser

My selection was based on the fact that 6 years previously I’d decided on a whim to compete in an indoor rowing competition with only 6 weeks prep and little knowledge of being a rower.  

It was a fun experience competing against a couple of gold medal Olympians and getting absolutely blown away, but that’s another story.  In the race I managed to finish in under 7 mins which shaved over 5 seconds of my best ever time.

First training session and setting the baseline...

First training session and setting the baseline...

The two pics above were after my first training session and it was a bit of a surprise how far from that 7 minute threshold I actually was.

So I embarked on my training program and this was going well for about 2 and a half weeks until I started to get some serious hip pain.  At random times I would get spasms in one buttock and have to stand up until the pain abated.

I had to get treatment from an Osteopath and complete a bunch of repetitive and boring exercises until the hip settled down.  

I was out of action for almost 3 weeks and my dreams of completing the rowing challenge pretty much disappeared.  I tried again to ease myself into training but the position on the rower was not the best for my hip.

Sadly I had to concede that that challenge was not going to be completed.  It was frustrating and pretty annoying as I wanted to step out of my comfort zone.

Maybe I was being too ambitious trying to recapture old glories and my body was bluntly telling me that my goals were way above my current fitness level and ability.

Match Your Behaviours To Your Goals

A really useful tip I learnt during my studies to become a nutrition coach was to match your behaviours with your goals.

Big Goals=Big Commitments and Big Changes

Small Goals=Small Commitment and Small Changes

Using the above criteria and the benefit of hindsight I can say that my target was probably way above the level of commitment needed or that I was able to give.  The timeframe was pretty tight and wouldn't allow for what eventually happened with the injury. 

Getting caught up in the competitive aspect of a challenge meant I didn’t think it through properly or really assess my current fitness level (and being 6 years older).

When you’re committing to becoming a better version of yourself you have to do certain things to get your outcome but those things need to match.

If you want it fast then it will take big commitment and big changes.

But if you’re comfortable with things happening more slowly then that’ll take smaller commitment and smaller changes.

So it’s up to you to decide what trade-offs your ready willing and able to make.

As you progress on your journey, be honest with yourself.

-Are your behaviours matching your goals?

-Are you being consistent?

-Are you really doing what matters in order to work towards your goals?

Let me know in the comments what size goals you have and what you're able to commit to.