Steven Dowd EnduRow Challenge

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Steven Dowd became quadriplegic in 2016 in a cycling accident. Since then he’s taken on and beaten some remarkable challenges. The latest is the EnduRow Challenge.
He now has a bold, ambitious plan for a rowing challenge in 2021.

With building a global community at it’s heart, the EnduRow Challenge will be the World’s biggest, fully inclusive, live, static-rowing charity event encouraging participation from able-bodied and adapted men, women and kids globally.


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02:30 My personal story in rowing – June 2016 training for Bike London
05:00 Wings for Life Charity whose goal is to find a cure for spinal chord paralysis
09:40 Promise to my wife – I’m a pair of eyes on a pillow and 2 days after surgery in 200 days I’d walk again. Bold, ambitious, and aligned to Christmas.
13:00 After my first big win the next day I needed another goal. Creating challenges for myself. Get back on the bike was my next 200 day challenge. Using the Zwift virtual environment.
18:40 I saw the value of challenges and how to use them for others. I started to create challenges following Ed Jackson who climbed Everest at home up his stairs. We raised £50,000 and I did 12 hours a day for 3 and a half days.
21:30 A journalist asked me What next? I said I fancy a rowing challenge.
22:30 EnduRow Challenge we are all “suffering simultaneously” because of Covid and so we will do a 4 hour erg simultaneously on Feb 6h at 3 pm UK time. The Goal is to have 10,000 people raising £100 each.
26:00 Community using rowing it’s a collegiate, passionate thread that runs through the sport. There aren’t a lot of “me” in the rowing community.
29:00 Why challenges are a toolkit people can use themselves.
Approach challenges with a clear definition. There is no hierarchy in a challenge, it’s yours.
9 tools behind each letter
C – choose to respond effectively
H – help others help you. Facilitate their help
A – accept the situation now – the power to move forwards
L – learn through trial and error
L – leverage all your resources – people, time and money
E – engage. Get in the driver’s seat in your life
N – never quit. Different from stopping – but giving up is different.
G – grow through goal setting and set others as you go.
E – ease up and accept you aren’t always top of your game.
37:00 I want to build new people into rowing.
You can get pro tips and video from Dr August Leming on psychology on the EnduRow website.

Contact Steven at www.stevendowd.com

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