Recently, at the SCW DallasMania, I had a chance to take part in the Indo-Row Challenge: a 2 minute timed challenge open to all fitness professionals who were in attendance.
I had never been on a rower and initially set a distance of 604 meters, good enough for second.
2 classes later, I was off the finals board. So round 2, I came back with a game plan and a coxswain and posted a distance of 675 meters, even with leaving 3 or 4 strokes out there once I knew I had a distance that would put me in the finals.
The finals pitted the top 3 men and top 4 women, 2 women had tied, against each other in a distance challenge: 600 meters for the men, 500 meters for the women.
As by far the shortest competitor, I knew I had to rely on my flexiblity to increase my stroke length. Though my technique fell off in the final 60 meters, I finished in only 1:42 seconds! Good enough to find out one of the women had finished in 1:31 seconds. She basically finished in what would be good enough for world record pace! Great job Diana!
If you get a chance, give the Indo-Row a try. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely incorporate it into my training if I had access to one.