Thursday, July 2, 2009

Scott Murr Lowers 300-Calories-Burned Record to 15:41

Yesterday afternoon I sent an email to Scott Murr, cajoling him to try the 300-calorie Row-Bike-Run event. Murr, the director of the Furman University Fitness Center, had already done an easy 5 mile run in the morning, and an easy 20-mile bike ride at noon. But he couldn't resist the temptation, so he jumped on the rowing machine at 6 pm yesterday evening, and finished the 300-calorie test 15:41 later.

Murr, who's 47, reports the following: 4:42 row, 4:49 bike, 5:52 run. He estimates his total transition time as just 17 seconds.

Equipment: Concept2, Precor C864i, Precor treadmill.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

I Did 24:50 For 300 Calories Of Row-Bike-Run

On June 29, I decided to try the 300-calorie Row-Bike-Run test. This event requires that you burn 100 calories on a rowing machine, then on a bike, then on a treadmill. Your total elapsed time is your continuous time from beginning of the row to end of the run. Since I was the first to do this (I think), I now hold the world record. But I'm sure you can beat me--Go for it!

Here's my result: It took me 24 minutes, 50 seconds. My "splits" per 100 calories were about 8:30 (rowing), 8:45 (cycling), and 6:50 (running). I used a Concept 2, a Lifecycle bike, and a Precor treadmill. My total "transition time" (from row to bike, and bike to run, and fiddling with controls to get machines turned on and up to speed) was about 50 to 60 seconds. It was fun. I'm going to try it again soon, after an upcoming vacation. I'm sure I can get braver (more aggressive) on the row and bike.

I hope you'll take a shot at the 300-calorie Row-Bike-Run, and report your results here in the Comments section.

There's a Rowathlon Event in England

I've learned about a 2-3 year-old "Rowathlon" event in England. It seems to be organized by the Concept2 people and a prostate cancer charity. The distances are about 2-3K rowing, 7 to 20K cycling, and 3 to 5K running. Also, it appears that the Concept2 machines are hauled outside to a park, so the entire event takes place outdoors. Very nice!
Just learned about another British row-bike-run, the Rower's Revenge Triathlon that was apparently held for 14 years through 2008, but isn't being held in 2009. This one has legs of row 4K, bike 25K, run 7.5K, and a total time of about 1:25 for winners.
Rowathlon page:

Rowathlon results page:
Rowers Revenge Triathlon: