Sunday, January 31, 2010

Crossfit Fire Dominates the Midwinter Meltdown Row Competition

Bill, Jennie, Zach, Stephanie, Matt, Brittany, Bender, Deb, Ryan, Jason and I all headed down to Madison Wisconsin on Saturday morning for the Midwinter Meltdown indoor rowing competition.  There were a couple of large rowing clubs in attendance as was evident by the crowds of brightly colored singlets.  These rowers were scrawny!  Somebody should clue them in to the fact that lifting weights would absolutely improve their row performance.

Zach and Bender took a shot at the tandem rowing and made it look easy.  We saw several others give it a try and it's definitely a lot harder than it looks!

Tandem Rowing from Garth Huckabay on Vimeo.

Jennie and Brittany had the first go at the 2000k row.  They both finished within a second of each other.

 Then Bill, Matt, Jason, Ryan and I had our turn at the 2000k row.

I took 2nd place in the Novice Men with a row time of 6:46.7 which was also a new personal record and new Fort record edging out Boyd's old time of 6:46.8 - nice!  Matt finished right behind me and took 3rd.  We both were trumped by an old czechoslovakian guy who didn't seem to speak much english.  He pulled a 6:41 and made it look easy.  After the row, I immediately started to cramp up and took at least 10 minutes to recover.  It just about killed me!

Bill, Zach, Bender and I teamed up for the men's relay race and took first place.

Bill put together a couple of coed teams as well.  Team 1 included Jennie, Brittany, Matt and Zach.  Team 2 included Stephanie, Deb, Ryan and Jason.   Both teams did great and team 1 took first in the coed team relay.

I have to wonder what all those rowers thought of our group.  We cleaned up!  Check out all the medals :)

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