wmmk's the man My finger is slowly, slowly healing...but by the time it fully heals I'll probably be spending spring and summer on the track. Again, very cool. When I was at my peak I was 6'2" 175lb very similar to you. And my first tryout was much the same. It was pretty much a test of physical ability. After a 3 mile warm up our coach gave us a mile at race pace, then 60 seconds to do as many pushups as possible, then 60 seconds for max situps, then max burpees, then pull ups to max. Maybe 2 mins rest between. It was a shit show When I came on in college I was lucky to be invited to tryout with no HS experience. I made my name in tryouts by not giving a damn that everyone else was a rower already. The underdog mentality was a ridiculous fuel. If you appreciated my support already, know this, the mental fortitude I gained from rowing (both by myself and with a team) is one of the greatest strengths I've ever gained. It never gets easier, you only go faster Much improvement here. Good work! Thanks to all you guys. The encouragement means a lot, coming from you guys. And rj, the aspect of mental perseverance in crew is really appealing to me. Anyway, last night: 60 mins. in tanks 12 x 1 min., 1 min. rest. Held a 1:44.5 for the first 7 pieces, then had 1:44.7, 1:44.9, 1:44.3, 1:44.1, 1:41.3 15 mins. body circuit Tonight 6 x 5. min, 5 min. rest. 1:48.9, ~1:49, ~1:52, 1:54 (stopped short of 5 min. to use inhaler, ), 1:49.1, 1:51.6 3 mile run @ 29 mins., through snow & slush, 37 degrees Stretch At home, I rolled out my muscles and was putting bengay on my quads and inner thighs, but apparently wasn't careful enough with that. The pain of misplaced bengay cream makes all the erg pieces seem pansy-ish.