Did a PB 2k with actually more than 1 turn! Figured something out. Being a dragon boat paddler I tend to have a long, deep, slightly slower but more powerful stroke rate. That works great on a heavier boat like a dragon boat. It even works pretty well on an OC2. However I couldn’t wrap my head around why am I pretty fast on an OC1 but I’m not getting the ‘best’ results? This time I said ok, I’ll try staying long on the catch as always. However I won’t pull all the way back, and I won’t tighten up my upper body muscles and press so much with my top arm. Instead I’ll loosen my shoulders while tightening my core, and accelerate my lower body movement. Obviously at a much higher stroke rate I needed to mentally force myself to reduce squeezing my upper body muscles and remind myself to stay quick and smooth, while managing my energy so I didn’t crash and burn. This adjustment finally seemed to pay off on the lighter OC1. Very stoked!
My first try at the Paddle Battle. Wasn’t really feeling a sprint so I started slow. Managed to do negative splits every km. That might be my preferred strategy for future races. Not the fastest time but half decent. 14 kph head/tail wind, 0.1m waves.
It was choppy on the lake so I chose to do my run on Frenchman’s Bay. 13 kph headwind/tailwind, 0m waves. I had to avoid a kiteboarder who had steering difficulty and some other weed patches. Also the distance across the bay is not a full 1k so I needed to do 2 turns and I didn’t exactly finish where I started. However I figure since I had to do an extra turn (more work), it should meet the fairness requirements for the race.
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.
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).
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.
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.