EC Synkowski is a CrossFitter. She’s also a trainer, and part of the traveling Level 1 certification team. She was built to row (according to those in the field), though she has no formal training and only moderate interest.
When registration opened for this year’s event, I quickly remembered how little row-specific training I’d done over the last year. Nevertheless, I still wanted to give a sub-7 2k a shot and registered. Plus, some other CrossFit Bostonians decided to compete and we were to have a post-race social. So, the event would be “fun.” If you have not rowed a 2k, I can assure you, however, the pull itself is not fun.
If my preparation for the 2008 event was minimal, my preparation for the 2009 event was non-existent. Not only had I not pulled a 2k since the 2008 Crash-B, but I had not pulled a single distance for max effort on the rower the entire year! Sure, I had rowed in various WODs (e.g. Jackie), but never a max 500m, 1000m, 5k, etc. I’m guessing the memory of discomfort from the 2008 event was enough that I have a subconscious aversion to the erg. And to be honest, I have so many other “goats” to work on that I consider rowing a strength, relative to, say, bodyweight metcons or gymnastics.
EC didn’t do as well as she wanted. She pulled a 7:15.2, which put her 36th in the world. She went out too fast, and crashed. Chris Wilson, from Concept2, offers insight into her strategy in a sidebar.