Woman, 94, dedicated to workouts
by Elaine McMillion
For the Daily Mail
Charleston Daily Mail
CHARLESTON, W.Va.–Helen Lee firmly grips the handles of the rowing machine with both hands as she wiggles her small, white Easy Spirit sneakers onto the feet stirrups.
She takes a deep breath and pulls her elbows back by her sides, her hands to her midsection.
On February 19, 2010, Ron Long attempted to establish a new world record for number of Meters Rowed in a twenty-four hour period. This video is the 2nd part of the interview that I conducted with Ron on that day. On the first video, Ron Long Attempts to Set World Record for Meters Rowed in 24 Hour Period, Ron discusses the rules of the challenge and his passion for rowing.
In this video Ron tells us of the importance of nutrition, how he fuels his body for his daily wellness and the challenges of competition.
On the early morning hours of February 19, 2010, Ron Long settled into a comfortable position on a Concept2 Erg at the Roworx warehouse location in Long Beach, California. He strapped his feet in place, reached forward and grabbed the handle, positioned himself at the catch, and certainly had a million thoughts on his mind. The one that I imagine was firmly planted in the forefront of those thoughts was; twenty-four hours from now I will have completed quite a feat and possibly hold a world record.
Attempting a challenge that combines body numbing endurance, as well as having to set a pace designed to break the existing record must have been daunting.
I stopped by to see and interview Ron about five hours into his quest. As I watched him rowing strong, I remembered that I had once driven cross-country for twenty-one hours straight. Stopping only to gas up, grab a bite and a quick pit stop. I can hardly imagine the stress Ron was going to be putting on his body as he attempted to break, what I was soon to discover, were two world records for number of Meters Rowed in a twenty-four hour period. He was attempting to break both the record for his age category of 280,000+ meters, and the overall world record of 300,000+ meters.
As you can see in this short video Ron has a passion for rowing and a passion for life. Although he came up a little short in his attempt to break the world records, his accomplishment was nothing short of remarkable. Ron completed his twenty-four hour journey racking up 252,119 meters. THAT’S OVER A QUARTER MILLION METERS!!!
Learn more about Ron Long and his ERG training routines on his Master the Erg Facebook page.
This video follows Coach Stephen Gladstone and his University of California crew team in their quest to rebuild the once dominant rowing program. Gladstone was widely regarded as one of the most influential coaches in rowing, and had a reputation for building champions. In 1976, he led California to their first championship together, and later at Brown University his crews amassed five more IRA varsity titles. In his second stint at Cal, the team experienced heartbreaking defeats and unexpected challenges, but Gladstone and his squad never lost sight of their ambitious desire to bring the national trophy back to the Ebright Boathouse. In 1999 all of the elements came together when the Varsity eight set the course record, and ultimately delivered four consecutive IRA varsity titles.
In this clip at :36 to :42 seconds you can see Jack rowing and training on the rowing machine as Steve Gladstone talks about what it takes to be a great rower/athlete.
Coach Stephen Gladstone was a coach/mentor to me and has motivated me throughout my time at UC Berkeley from 1998 – 2002 to be the best athlete I can be and achieve my dream of being a national champion. He had an incredible presence and we all believed in everything he did as a coach. He not only was our rowing coach but he taught us how to be the best on and off the water. I’ve learned many life-lessons that I still use today. It was an honor to be part of such an unbelievable program with rowers that we recruited from all over the world! In some cases it was harder to make the Cal Varsity Boat then it was to make the US National Team boat!
The intro to this video provides details of what the rowers really go through during the race. Very powerful beginning!
In America, intercollegiate competition commenced in 1852 with the start of the Harvard Yale dual race.
Whether you already row or are considering rowing to keep in shape, lose weight, cross-train for another sport, compete on the water or rehabilitate from injury or surgery, rowing is the complete exercise for you.
The benefits of rowing are pretty amazing. Whether you row on the water with the wind in your hair or at our indoor rowing gym with it’s incomparable view of Marine Stadium, you’ll notice the difference in just a few sessions.