Coming back to some kind of form 12 weeks after major right femur surgery. Next week is the virtual world Concept 2 rowing championships over 1000m. You record your time in your local gym and upload it to Concept 2 website.
I need to make the weight of 75Kg. I still have ambitions to become Irish Record holder at a few more longer events but know I have a lot of hard wok required to build up endurance for 1000 and 2000m.
Very rarely row further though there are many regularly rowing 10K, half marathons etc.
The atmosphere of a real championship (never been to a European Championship)-some day?!
As the world indoors commence in Birmingham tomorrow this is a nice testimony of a professing believer and former double world champion (2014/2016)
Greatest all-round indoor athletic performance of all time. Istanbul 2012 Ashton Eaton USA. Indoor heptathlon (7 events) 6645 points.
Excellent introductory Video
Very cold day with ice. Got to UL early (8am) after a poor sleep.
Weighed 9am (74.5Kg) PTL.
First race 1000m 0959 no one my age, pulled harder than Glasgow 3.35.1.
Watched racing*, went for walk by Shannon.*
Re-weighed 1330 same weight. Race* 500m 3.08pm. Got Christian Leonard to encourage beside me. Pulled hard but 1.35.1.
Presentations soon after events, Nice medals and T shirt.*
Home by walking along Shannon by 5pm. Helped make supper for Rev. McGeown.
This Saturday (D.V.) I compete in the 1000m and 500m sprint in the unofficial autumn Irish championships at University of Limerick, combining the competition with a visit to the Limerick Reformed Fellowship and enjoying the hospitality of Pastor McGeown.
Where is Limerick?
University Sports Complex
In action 2016
Last year’s sprint medallists M60 500m.
My account of SIRC (Scottish Indoor Rowing Championships 2017) at Ravenscraig Sports Centre, Motherwell.
The entrance, the sports hall and the screen and machines.
Got subway and train to Motherwell then taxi to centre. When I got there racing was underway. I went to weigh in and was 74.8Kg PTL no probs. First race, 10.10am mixed 1000m men over 40 just had Stewart Fleming to row against in the M60 lightweight category. Made a fatal error in the race looking at the screen and seeing Stewart was +10-14m, thinking that means he was behind me so did not row that hard, I was wrong (this was the equivalent of looking back in a running race). I was actually behind him and was shocked when he finished in 3m 34s and me 3 secs behind. I should have seen the 1 by his name and 2 by mine. Well, maybe we’ll renew our rivalry next year. Disappointing result considering I had rowed 3m30s not long ago!
Stewart and I.
Determined to make amends in the 500m sprint with a total of 5 men including myself but all 4 of them heavyweight and myself lightweight-I’d have to go “hammer and tongs” to get a medal. Well I did! Went off hard and maintained it steady through the middle 300m being 100m in second and then in third place, putting everything into the last 100m (see video) I crossed the line in 1m34.9, my best time this year and only 0.6s off Irish lightweight record-pleased to get bronze. Next weekend is Irish provincial Champs in Limerick-can I go faster? One thing’s for sure I will read the digital screen properly and know where I am in the race.
Results: M60 1000m Lwt 1st Stewart Fleming (Tay. R.C.) 3.34.9 2nd JK 3.37.4
127 Men’s Over 60 Sprint (Mixed)
1 500 01:31.8 Raymond McAvoy NMAC (Hwt)
2 500 01:33.4 Ken Cunningham St Patricks RC (Hwt)
3 500 01:34.9 Julian Kennedy Ballymena Runners (Lwt)
4 500 01:38.4 Roger Stainforth Durham Amateur RC (Hwt)
5 500 01:46.1 Chris Smith Tay RC (Hwt)
500m race and medallists.
During the race
Ken, Ray and I the medallists on right.
18th November 15.29 post.
Thankful to God for an enjoyable day!
Next Saturday (DV) Limerick, Ireland