Just about six months ago Anthony made the decision to embark on an extremely lofty goal. I thought it would be cool to check in with him and get a progress report from him.
Describe for me exactly what you are currently training for?
I am training to win my category in the C.R.A.S.H. –B. Sprints Indoor World Rowing Championships, 2k row. It will be held on February 15th (my 50th birthday) at Boston University. I will be competing in the Veteran Men Heavyweight Ages 50-54 category.
What inspired you to undertake this mission?
After training for 5 weeks and achieving my goal of getting the number one 2k score on the Dedham Craic leader board, I decided that I loved rowing and wanted to win the aforementioned championships.
Do you have days where you don’t feel like coming to the gym? How do you overcome that feeling?
Yes, always. My desire to win is more powerful that my feeling to not work out. I get my ass there and do what is programmed for me. Sometimes my scores suck, but in my opinion, it is better to have a mediocre workout that to sit home. If someone beats me, I want to be able to say it was because he was faster not because I did not train hard enough.
What was your initial 2k time and what is your most recent one?
This first recorded time I have in my notebook is 8:17. My most recent score was 6:31.8
What have you been doing in order to make sure improvements happen?
Jarrod has me on a rigorous, 3 day a week training program. Some days I want to punch him in the face but the training is working, so I refrain. All kidding aside, he has got me on track to reach my goal.
Do you feel like you would have made as much progress if you were not following a structured program?
Absolutely not. I was just rowing 2k every week in hopes of getting my time faster. The programming has given me structure and progression which I could not have done myself.
We wish Anthony all the best with the next six months of training and are excited to see where all the hard work will lead him.
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