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I Played 1,000 Pickleball Games in 8 Months

Thursday, September 7th, 2023

THE FACTS: Click here to see the spreadsheet I used to track the games. It took 137 days to play 1,004 games Game 1 was played on January 2nd Game 1,000 was played on September 6th I averaged 7.3 games per day of playing pickleball I had 837 wins I had 167 losses My winning percentage came out to 83.4% I played in 10 different states 15 games were the most I played in a day which happened on May 9 in Peoria, IL 3 games were the least amount I played in a day and that happened on three occasions I went through four pairs of shoes I went through four paddles I played 78 of the 137 days at LifeTime Allen I played over 70% of the games alongside my wife, Amanda. That’s 700+ games played together – we never argued once 😉 We typically played in the evening, 7:30 PM was a good start time for us (after bedtime for our children) THE STORY: I like a good fitness challenge. In 2021, I rowed 1,000,000 meters. In 2022, my wife and I had our second child. In 2023, I went on a quest to play 1,000 pickleball games. I will spare you the speech on why pickleball is the fastest growing sport and how the median age has dropped to under 35 years old. Instead, you simply need to know that pickleball is just plain fun! My wife and I were having so much fun playing pickleball we decided to launch a pickleball training app called, Pickle Better to address the greatest threat to pickleball = pickleball injuries! I couldn’t think of a better way to gather data and market feedback then play alongside fellow pickleball enthusiasts. At the beginning of 2023, I joined as many “open…

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My Pickleball Gear

Sunday, August 21st, 2022

Have you played pickleball? It is one of the fastest growing sports in America and my goodness it sure is fun! Pickleball is the middle child between tennis and ping-pong, and has a rich history beginning just outside of Seattle, Washington in 1965. For beginner pickleball players, watch these two videos: Video 1: Pickleball rules for beginners Video 2: How to keep score in pickleball? For intermediate / advanced pickleball players, see these three resources: Video 3: How to stack in pickleball? Download stacking cheat sheet (JPEG) Learn your player skill rating (1.0 – 5.5+) Here is my pickleball gear setup (click on each image for a purchase link):

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I Rowed 1,000,000 Meters in 9 Months

Saturday, October 2nd, 2021

  THE FACTS I burned a total of 67,094 calories. It took 175 rowing workouts. The cumulative time rowing was 2 days, 18 hours and 6 minutes. The longest I rowed in a workout was a half marathon (13.1 miles) on August 8th. I rowed 21,107 meters in 1 hour and 23 minutes. The shortest I rowed in a workout was 3,000 meters which took 12 minutes. I did this on multiple days. My average row came in at 5,714 meters per rowing workout. I lost 18 pounds during this challenge. I started on January 2nd and finished on October 2nd (9 months to complete). I typically rowed in the morning, sometime between 6:00 – 7:00 AM. 975,000 meters were completed in my home gym (@JohnnyQuinnUSA, click on Quinn Gym story). 25,000 meters were completed at The Breakers gym. I used a Concept 2 Rower and the ErgData Tracking App to complete the Million Meter Club Challenge. I had an accountability partner, Michael Streight, who will be at 1M soon! I rowed all 1,000,000 meters at a 1:59 / 500 meter pace (or faster). THE STORY I rowed a little bit in 2021. 621.37 miles to be exact, or 1,000,000 meters. To put that in perspective, it takes 664 miles to drive from Dallas, Texas to Nashville, Tennessee. So, I almost made it to Nashville. I probably stopped in Franklin, TN. On January 1st, a friend introduced me to Concept 2’s Million Meter Club and the goal was to row 1,000,000 meters in a year. Quick math says you need to row roughly 3,000 meters a day to finish on December 31st. If I held a 1:59/500 meter pace, that is only 12 minutes of rowing a day. I can commit to that. My quest to row 1,000,000 meters in a year at 1:59/500 meter pace began on…

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