Those who have followed my blog can see that I have been slowly moving towards one of those targets on the Concept2 rowing log. https://log.concept2.com/signup
Its quite simple really- grab the row bar, tense and straighten legs, engage core and straighten up then pull with arms. Once final position reached then reverse process and start again. By end of this one has covered 1-2 metres depending on the effort applied. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ai64EEexI0I
Modesty prevents me from detailing how many meters was the target but suffice to say it has been a long time to get there. I know that there is a famous saying that “the longest journey starts with the first short step”. Well it certainly feels to have been a long journey.
Strangely and probably predictably as the last stages came into sight there was a greater motivation to go rowing. Then on the last rowing session there was some trepidation. It did not fully encourage me that on the next rower was another rower many years younger who was practising power rows and who managed a rate of 1 min 45 or so per 500m. There was a slight reprieve when he finished after only 2000 m and my goal meant that i needed to complete far more that than.
Then a few celebratory shots on the phone and enter the meters covered on the Concept2logbook. This is both encouraging and humblying. There are those older than me who have covered large distances and at faster times. There are also those younger whose performance I can match (not many but then I wonder how many don’t enter any details)
So what now, for the moment just savour the achievement.
There are also plenty of stories in the media and on TV of those who for health, accident or other reasons have not reached any similar goal. So take pleasure in each day and enjoy your retirement