Recently the members of Team NOMAN attempted various million metre challenges on the ergo. The million metre challenge is a gruelling and intense physical battle. This is their report.
A few months back we decided we wanted to have a go at breaking the Concept 2 indoor records for the individual and tandem one million meters (1,000km) as part of our preparation and awareness drive for NOMAN 2014 and the Great Pacific Race.
Nick had initially drawn the seemingly short straw of attempting the solo record, which stands at 8 days 5 hours and 41 minutes. This meant that Mark and I would attempt to row the distance between us inside the tandem record of 3 days and 10 hours. With the kind folk at Pure Gym in Wandsworth having agreed to put us up for the required length of time we arrived full of confidence last Tuesday morning.
The plan was for Nick to start his row on the Tuesday with Mark and I beginning ours four days later on the Saturday with the slightly naïve hope that we would both finish together. Unfortunately the reality and enormity of the challenge soon set in and with the Great Pacific Race just around the corner we were prevented from accomplishing our goals by injuries that we simply could not allow to worsen.
Our pride has certainly taken a hit but the whole exercise was important for more reasons than just records. We were able to speak to members of the public over a 6-day period about the NOMAN campaign and the importance of gender-neutral vaccination against HPV. We received great support from staff and gym users alike and this interaction has only further cemented our belief in the NOMAN cause.
After around 950km rowed between the NOMEN in over 80 hours of solid rowing and many valuable lessons learned we know we can come back stronger over the coming weeks and achieve our ultimate goal of raising money and awareness for NOMAN is an Island by rowing 2,400 miles across the Pacific.
Lastly a big thank you to everybody who came and visited us, spoke to us, urged us on and especially to those who brought us food. You kept us going as long as we did.
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – MICHAEL JORDAN