First 10k ever!

10 kph winds changing from 180• to 219 • and 0M waves changing from 243• to 204•.  I tried to follow the head waves out directly and tail waves directly coming back.  Even though the waves were reported as 0M, they definitely impact your times.  I had never done a 10k before (except a 12k downwinder), so I was trying to conserve some energy going out into the headwind.  My splits were around 6:55/k! I thought, oh man, my run is done.  However when I turned around and started back I was regularly hitting between 4:55-5:20, so I thought wow, I might have a shot at a decent run!  Very exhilarating linking up series of waves.  Every time I saw my nose go down and I started feeling a surge coming under my seat I accelerated and kept my power on, knowing more waves were coming.  So much fun!  I know now that so can go out a little harder.  Lessons learned, great day.

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Lamond

Another Endurance day!

14 kph, 0.3M waves.  Whew.  In the last 2 days I’ve paddled almost 2 weeks worth!  Yesterday I did the downwinder and some technical paddling (roughly 22 km).  Today I did a group workout with my teammates, some technical paddling, and a combination of technical and sprint paddling with my teammates (roughly 31 km total).  I was planning to do an entry for the Canada Cup today, but having experienced the spin cycle of ‘washer’ waves yesterday I knew today was not the day to do a flatwater race on the lake.  As such, I just did a bunch of technical paddling on the bay (flat, shallow, weedy, only 600-700m of usable space in one direction).

Afternoon Activity | Workout | Strava

Afternoon Activity | Workout | Strava

Morning Activity | Workout | Strava

Lamond Lee

Endurance Championship 2nd entry

22 kph cross tailwind, 0.3M waves cross-tail.  Did my first ever downwinder today!  I flew the ama (2nd and 3rd times ever on this run), but not on purpose so don’t ask me how to do it lol!  At least I didn’t end up in the drink.  Where’s a camera when you need one!  Wind chops were crossing diagonally to ground swell, so a lot of washing machine churn.  Not the greatest for a downwinder.  Also my inexperience in linking ground swells contributed to my slow time.  Practice makes perfect!  At least I did it safely.  Also did roughly a 2k warmup before the downwinder (same conditions) and 8.5K after I got into Frenchman’s bay safely.  The bay had weeds and shallows, but at least it was flat.  I wasn’t doing any time trials at that point, so I welcomed the flats (even if they were shallow and weedy).  After over an hour of washing machine and being tossed up, down, and sideways, when I got off at the dock I was walking wobbly lol.  I did manage to link up a few ground swells and man it was exhillerating!  I normally do a 1k pace slightly under 6:00 but I was under 5:00 when I was riding the waves.  Just need to link them up more consistently.

Afternoon Activity | Workout | Strava

Afternoon Activity | Workout | Strava

Afternoon Activity | Workout | Strava

Lamond Lee

1st downwinder ever!

Avg. wind was 22 kph from southeast (154•).  Waves were 0.3m from southeast/east (124•). I naively thought that the two were coming from the same general direction so it should be ok.  I was travelling from Scarborough bluffs to Frenchman’s Bay, Pickering (15-16 km northeast).  What happened was the faster wind chops were colliding with the slower ground swells at an angle, resulting in a bloody washing machine of chop.  I flew the ama a couple of times, but don’t ask me to repeat it because I don’t know how I did it without ending up in the drink lol.  I’ve never flew the ama before so darn it, where’s a camera when you need it lol.  A second factor was I was getting exhausted trying to link up fast moving wind chop.  I’ve never done a 12k run before so I was conserving a little energy.  In retrospect I could have chased a few more waves.  Confident that with practice I’ll get better at linking up ground swells.  The few times I did, I stayed on the ‘series’ for a good 12-15 seconds and my 1k split while I was on top of the waves was way faster than I could ever imagine (below 5:00!).  Anyways happy I got a run in safely even if it was slow.  Flew the ama, rode a couple exhilarating ground swell series, all in all a good day.

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Lamond Lee

First try Endurance Championship

14 kph crosswind, 0.2M waves.  First try at Endurance Championship.  Just wanted to get a run in for now.

Evening Activity | Workout | Strava

Evening Activity | Workout | Strava

Evening Activity | Workout | Strava

Evening Activity | Workout | Strava

Evening Activity | Workout | Strava

Evening Activity | Workout | Strava

Evening Activity | Workout | Strava

Evening Activity | Workout | Strava

Evening Activity | Workout | Strava

Evening Activity | Workout | Strava

Lamond

July 16 1k

6 kph wind, flat, shallow and weedy.  Paddled in Frenchman’s Bay, Pickering ON.  Times were slow.  NK sports speed coach GPS.  51.5 stroke rate, 3.2 m/stroke.  Laying down a first run.  Want to see if times on the lake (deep weed free water) makes a noticeable difference.

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Lamond