It’s so warm this weekend I decided to add 15 minutes on to my normal Sunday workout and do a 2-hour distance challenge. Everything seemed to be going so well until I got to the lake and the wind gust started. It felt like every single time I went West I had a headwind and every time I went East the wind stopped.
It was challenging and the longest effort of the year since October. It was good to see so many sup paddlers out today, must have been over 50 on the small lake where I train.
Well my goals for this challenge can now be made as I have a base line to go off. I know I didn’t have a downloaded gps file for this, I used the makai gps odometer which is great to look at but has no downloadable memory… So I have a photo, but I will be doing this one again anyways
Awesome to be out on the water with so many Canada wide athletes, I miss real races but this is challenging me to keep training.
Was rather gusty on the water this afternoon. First attempt at the Spring Classic with as close to a box as I could get at our small local paddling spot. Tried another 500m sprint but was a little slower in worse conditions than last week.
This is pretty cool how we can do these virtual races although it took me about three weeks to figure out how to log a 500m Sprint. At first I was trying to crop my GPS data after doing a whole bunch of 500m Sprints but I never could get it right. I ended up sitting my watch with a pre-set workout so that my second or third interval was the 500 M. It gives you a little countdown and then I went as hard as I could, did a little turn and came back. It was just my first attempt and I know I can go harder because I took a few Strokes off in the middle to adjust my watch.
I love stand-up paddling! Can’t wait to do another one. We have a new paddling Club in Alberta called North swell paddling club and there are 20 of us right now, I’m going to try to get everybody out to do this! This lake is one of the only bodies of water up in this area that has thawed out, and although it still has a bunch of ice on it, the ice is just another chance to work on your footwork, and navigate through the obstacles! Check out my social media link to see how beautiful it is here and shoot me a message if you ever want to cuddle with me!
Some recognition for those that completed every regular-season event this year. This recognition is well earned, as these guys and girls paddled all season, in various conditions, covering everything from an all-out sprint to a 25 km-plus endurance challenge. Much respect to all of you…
Greg, Jp and I saw some 11 mph winds the day before on Windy, planned everything then realized upon waking Sunday morning the wind was down to 7 mph with no gusts. We paddled in the middle of a 80 degree F day with more boat chop then ever. It was non stop chop for 7 miles with no wind or waves to ride. So, it really just ended up being a slow, very challenging 7 miles.
Although not pretty, it will work for some bottom feeder downwind race points!
…And I got to steal my wife’s new Infinity 2020 14×23 Blackfish dugout for a nice maiden voyage!
Paddled 10.33km into a 15km/hr west headwind turned around and got in the minimum for a downwind attempt of 10km. Just enough wind to chase lil bumps all the way home. Still waiting for the right conditions to get 20km downwind run on Lake of Bays.
August 1000m @ 6:03. Silky turn, but missed some strokes going out. My sub-6:00 times from the spring now seem a few seconds out of reach?? I was not a sprint paddler in my youth like some of you guys, but I see how it can get addictive!
Thanks to Infinity SUP Canada for the fast board 🙂