I ate some chicken and then I got onto the erg. I had committed to doing the Dog Days of Summer Challenge, which is a four-week challenge that results in 100,000 meters rowed. The first week is 10,000 meters, the second week is 20,000 meters, the third week is 30,000 meters, and the final week is 40,000 meters. Yesterday was the end of the first week, and I still had 7,000 meters left to row. I wasn’t feeling motivated, but I eventually got it done. I rowed a total of 10,124 meters in the week, which is usually what I do in a day.
I’m going to make sure that I spend at least half an hour or an hour every evening rowing slowly so that I can easily knock out the remaining 20,000 meters, and then the 30,000, and then the 40,000. Hopefully, I can get back into the habit of rowing 10,000 meters a day.
I’m in a constant battle between my ego, my id, and my superego. My ego is trying to be egoless, but my id and superego are constantly fighting with each other. I usually make promises six weeks or even six months before I start following through with them. The erg has been sitting there for a while, and I even bought an entire superstructure for it so that I could affix my mini iPad onto the stand for a bigger display. But none of that has happened yet.
The apartment is a mess. Everything is grotesque. But all that has driven me to be outside all the time in active denial of the catastrophe. I’m really excited about becoming full body strong again. I feel like the kind of exercise that the earth gives you is completely and utterly different than the kind of exercise that walking and rowing does. I’m not stopping walking. I walk everywhere I go. Like I said, I did take the 30-pound plate out of my bag. It’s really nice and comfortable.
I’m confident that I can complete the Concept2 Dog Days of Summer Challenge. I’m just going to have to stay focused and motivated. I know that I can do it!
But I’m also realistic. I know that I’m going to have some setbacks along the way. I’m going to have days when I don’t feel like rowing. I’m going to have days when I’m too busy or too tired to row. But I’m also going to have days when I feel amazing after a good rowing session. I’m going to have days when I feel like I can conquer the world.
I’m going to embrace the setbacks and the successes. I’m going to learn from both of them. And I’m going to keep rowing, one day at a time.
I know that I can complete the Concept2 Dog Days of Summer Challenge. I know that I can become full body strong again. I know that I can change my life.
I’m not going to let my ego, my id, or my superego get in my way. I’m going to stay focused and motivated. I’m going to row my heart out. And I’m going to achieve my goals.
I can do it!
- Embracing the Challenge: Navigating the Dog Days of Summer with Concept2 Indoor Rowing
- Join a Free Concept2 Online Challenge!
- March is Indoor Rowing Season for Concept2—come join me as I start rowing 10k every night through April 15!
- It’s Never Too Late to Start Again: How to Get Back on Track After a Setback
- Dealing with Plateaus, Setbacks, and Forgiveness on Your Fitness Journey