Every so often we do a longer than average workout. For the average CrossFitter 30 minutes is long. 20 minutes seems long to me. To the average distance runner 20 minutes is just a warm up. It is definitely sport specific but if we want to truly be a balanced athlete we need to be ready for short and long time domains. Enter the 10k row. 37 minutes and 18 seconds of awesomeness. Maybe 38 minutes if you aren’t really feeling it that day. Everyone hates it. People walk in, look at the board, and walk out. It is too long, it is too boring, my butt hurts too much, the excuses never end. Let’s jump to Eva. Today’s rainstorm of a workout. An official “lady.” A horrific bench mark that appeared a few years ago and consists of an 800m run, 30 swings at 2 pood and 30 pull ups. 5 rounds of that madness for time. It takes most folks longer than rowing 10k and they hurt in so many more places it is hard to imagine why more people don’t just quit. What is it about the much more intense suffering and longer lasting pain of Eva that doesn’t push people away. In fact it brings people in. Somebody puts it on Facebook and then people start canceling meetings so they can make sure to do it. If I put 10k on the blog people start work earlier and stay later just to avoid it. It could be the variance in Eva but why limp around for the next 3 days and cry when hot water hits your torn calluses in the shower? None of your friends who don’t do CrossFit are impressed. In fact people who have yet to drink the kool-aid think you are an idiot. Why do your hate yourself so much?