If you just go for a paddle than you can stop thinking about wanting to go for a paddle.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

2011: Post 10 – Long time in a kayak for me

Last weekend I did not paddle.  Not sure if I had a bug or if my mind and body just decided it was time to relax in a big way.  I felt rather lazy unenergetic, and uninterested and so I opted to stay home and vegetate.  I watched some television, ate some potato chips.  I did not even go to the Saturday pool session.  Shame!

But Tuesday seen me back at the pool and then on Thursday we started up our St. Philips Thursday evening practices.  I was looking forward to that.  We had eight people show up; six were regulars but two were new to our practices.  Not bad for April 7th.   I do enjoy seeing new faces within our practice group.  I hope they stick with it.  I believe they both bought their kayaks last summer so they are fairly new on their kayak journey.  One of them did their first salt water roll.  I do not clearly remember my first salt water roll but I do remember the feeling of accomplishment when I did it.  I would imagine he probably felt the same…

Today we paddled.  Participants did not want to drive any distance and so we paddled out of St. Philips.  We spent about three hours in the kayaks without an opportunity to get out.  There was swell and the waves were dumping on the shore so there was nowhere to easily land for a stretch.  If we really had to get off the water we could have managed it, maybe getting thrashed around a little, but it could have been done if push came to shove.

I have spent three hours in my kayak before, and as long as four hours once, but I find after about two hours I really like to get out and stretch my legs, even for just five or ten  minutes.  By the time we got back to St. Philips my legs did not want to cooperate right away.  I guess it takes practice to get used to being in the kayak for longer periods of time.

But it was a good day on the water.  It was sunny with some wind, the temp was 4 or 5 C, there was a decent swell in places, and plenty of clapitas along the way.  It was a very good way to spend a Sunday.

1 comment:

  1. I agree Dean - three hours is too long to sit in a boat. Today was my first "paddle" in the new boat. It's still not fitted to me properly and I was REALLY suffering near the end. I have some more adjusting to do but eventually I'll get 'er all straightened out. I was really loose in the cockpit and my hips were hurting trying to stay upright in the clapotis. It was nice to be on the water, but I'll admit it sure was nice to get off it as well!!