Although rowing has many benefits, the process to achieve them is quite painful. A 2,000 meter race is around 8 minutes. The average 5K takes about 20 minutes. You push your body to the furthest it will go during those pieces. However, this will force you to grow in ways you’ve never had to grow before. It will push your mental limits and your physical strength. It will hurt, a lot. In the end it will be worth it because you will realize how strong you’ve grown as person and what your capabilities are on the erg and water.