For those of you experiencing the holidays at the Cove this year for the first time, our annual row (or bike/run/walk/ski) challenge is one of the most galvanizing things we do here – and one of the best ways to stay dialed into your fitness when surrounded by temptation. And this year, we continue to honor our “Forever Covie”, Terry Street.
As many of you know, we lost Terry just over a year ago. For those of you who never got to meet this incredible man, this guy LOVED to row. He was famous for coming in daily between Thanksgiving and Christmas to accumulate meters, usually rowing 10K at a time. He went far above the 100,000 challenge each year, as it was his time to socialize, connect AND work on his fitness.
This year we honor him asking for a $10 “entry fee” which will be 100% donated to a charity of his daughter’s choosing in his name. And with Terry being an Army veteran and volunteer firefighter, we know whatever she chooses will resonate with our amazing community full of people who serve is incredible ways.
Here’s how it works: You have from Thanksgiving until December 31st to accumulate 100,000M on the Erg (rower) or equivalent meters running, walking or on the bike.
What do I need to do to sign up? Not much! Just slap your name on the front Whiteboard under 100,000 Meter Street Challenge (it will be posted by 9:30am tomorrow) or put your name in the comments here and you are in! We will bill your account for the $10 donation and aggregate funds to give as one donation. If you do not want to do the challenge but still want to donate, just let us know!
In terms of tracking the meters, well, you do that on your own. It is a healthy amount of meters per day (an average of 2,702 per day). You can chip in any increments you’d like. Any rowing we do in WODs or warm-ups counts to your total. Your only requirement is to update your total meters on the whiteboard as you make progress. If there is rowing in a class and you have come to get some meters in… sorry but the class takes precedence. Of course, if there’s a rower open, you are welcome to hop on!
Why are doing this? Because strength doesn’t come from what you can do. Strength comes from overcoming the things you thought you couldn’t. And Terry lived this mantra every day. And he’d be the first to tell you with a big ‘ol grin on his face… a little extra work over the holiday does a body good!
We miss you Terry