My first try on the 500m was really slow. I was worried that despite working really hard I had somehow gotten way out of shape. I was using a shorter dragon boat paddle preparing for our club OC tests. Just did a 2:53 with my OC paddle which is more in line with where I should be. Whew! Thank goodness it was the paddle!
On my first run of the season for the spring loop I was practicing for my dragon boat club OC time trials. As such, I was using a shorter dragon boat paddle. My time on the 4K was alarmingly slow! I was getting worried that I might be way out of shape, and that would be particularly worrisome at this time of year because I am preparing to represent our dragon boat club at the IDBF Club Crew Championships in July. I’ve been working really hard, so I was scratching my head why I was so slow. Just did the spring loop again on the same exact course and this time I averaged 6:07 which is more in line with where I should be. Whew! 😊
After a week of temps in the 30s the water is perfect right now no suit or neoprene needed. Without the boil in a bag feeling I was able to shave another minute off my 4km time. Its great to finally feel this new board without any booties and get to work on foot work and balance needed for this 21.5” board. Still time to improve and get this time down some more. 🤙 Happy Paddling
Glassy conditions on a brisk fall morning at Bearspaw. Brisk was not -99degrees as my Strava indicates, but just cold enough for numb fingers. No eagle sightings this morning. You would have seen my orange shirt.
Was really hoping to have an actual 12hrs of paddling completed for the endurance champ race yet I just couldn’t make it happen. The most I was able to accomplish was 9.69 miles (15.59km). My paddles were broken up into three different paddles. The first paddle consisted of a local race of which I can honestly say is the best race I’ve ever had. I came in 1st with a time of 1hr24min and a total distance of 6.8 miles (10.94km). Was able to come out ahead of an amazing racer who is pretty much undefeated in our area. Following the race a few of us headed out on a small cool down social paddle consisting of 1.27 miles (2.04km). Later that evening The Goat Boater, Lake Wylie Paddleboarding hosted a paddle league social paddle and movie screening of “Last Known Coordinates,” which was AWESOME by the way! The final paddle of the day lent me another 1.62 miles (2.6km). The group was able to get a bit more paddling in yet I was zonked and cut my paddle off. This brings me to my total of 15.59km. All in all it was a pretty amazing day. Plenty of flat water and hot air lol. Not an easy feat for a small business owner and mother of two. Good times, tons of stoke!