The Erg Will Not Be Denied

I admit it, I am not happy to be sitting out the indoor rowing racing season. I limped out of the Agganis Arena last February unhappy with my performance at the Crash-B’s, joined the local Crossfit gym, and worked my ass off for 12 months with the unreasonable goal of winning a yellow hammer in the 50-59 heavyweight class. I was on track to deliver a good time this year, but it wasn’t to be.

Then pop goes the distal bicep tendon and I’ve had to scratch all two-armed activities for a few months. I recently returned to the gym and have learned the erg can be done with one arm. I don’t do a lot of this — mostly 250 to 1,000 meter intervals. This was shot at the end of a 15 minute workout consisting of 250 meter rows interspersed with 60 single-under jump ropes. I managed ten rounds and can hold a 1:55 – 2:00 split if I work at it. The trick is figuring out what to do with the useless arm.

Now for 2013.

Author: David Churbuck

Cape Codder with an itch to write

3 thoughts on “The Erg Will Not Be Denied”

  1. Dave – you look good! Keep up the good work. I was gonna work in some David Janssen “Fugitive” reference for the one-armed man but couldn’t do it.

  2. Of course we have never met, but you really look like a guy in great shape. Just don’t do too much of that one-armed erg rowing lest you are only able to row in circles when you get back on the water.

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