Charlie has put up times that are very impressive. And he only rows a few days a week...but does a lot of other stuff: hiking around his property, biking on nearby rural roads, working with a trainer, competing in mega-distance O events. None of that stuff is available to me.
So I row. Which at my pace, I don't think is too stressful, even if done day-after-day, or even if done with sore muscles, or even if my heart's not in it.
But I enjoy having a training 'partner,' and I benefit and am motivated by Charlie's advice. This morning for instance, I started to try to reduce my turnover, but row faster, by focusing more effort into each stroke. Charlie briefly mentioned this training technique a few days ago. Much more difficult to do than you'd think.
But in the bigger picure, I'm sure you've noticed the rapid attrition in the number of competitors in older age groups...where do those guys go? Despite being 74 and the oldest in my 70-74 age group this season, I'm ranked as the #7 runner
in all of NE Illinois! And this is with a top 10k race time of 1:47!! What happened to the dozens...hundreds...of guys that used to beat me? Why they're taking a long "rest."
Sorry. I don't want to 'rest.' I'll soon have eternity to 'rest.' :-)