Back in 2015, I rowed 1 million meters in eight months. Now I'm at it again – except this time I'm going to row 2.022 million meters in 2022. Anyone want to join me in this challenge?
I'll be using using the #2.022-million Twitter hashtag to track my progress. Join me there if you decide to join my challenge!
Two million meters sounds daunting, and in aggregate, it is – it's the same distance as driving from San Diego, CA to Seattle, WA. But if you break the challenge down into weeks, you only need to row 40,440 meters per week over 50 weeks, which means you can row ~5,700 meters per day (and still give yourself two weeks off over the course of the year). For context, in my first week I rowed a bit over 7k meters in 30 minutes, so you're essentially committing to row for 30 minutes per day. Easy peasy!
Let's do this: Tracking My (and Your!) Progress:
If you'd like to join me, you can make a copy of this Google spreadshet I made to input & track my progress:
Why I Row:
Rowing is a low-impact, full-body workout. I find it to be a completely underrated workout. What else can you do that works your legs, core, and arms and is easy on your joints?! Possibly swimming, although it's way less core and requires access to a pool.
Plus, you can listen to podcasts while you row. Since my commute since COVID hit has been reduced to walking across my lawn to my Shedquarters instead of driving to an office, rowing gives me an opportunity to catch up on the latest Acquired podcasts!
I've blogged about rowing, fasting, health and ketosis in the past:
The journey of a million miles starts with a single step, as does the journey of a 2.022 million meter row. Here's my first entry in my results photo album from January 2, 2022:
How I Row:
I've found the Concept2 erg rowing machine to be the best out there. (Amazon is selling a copycat which is well rated but I've never tried – however it's only a bit cheaper than the original so I'd stick to the C2.)
There's a Peloton-like rowing machine called the "Hydrow" which I've never tried. It's pricey (about $2k) but could be worth it, if it helps you row consistently. Here's a code for $250 off – I'd love to know what you think about it if you try it.
Hope you decide to join me! See you on Twitter.