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Stealth Paddling

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

As some of you may know, this Saturday is my next big race. Should be as long, or longer than I've gone before, but at about 50 degrees more heat...Saturday is shaping up to be about 98 degrees plus humidity. Last night I met our new Green Acher, Jerry, out at the Trinity River for some paddling practice. The paddle leg has been the dreaded part of the previous races I've done. But, after last night, I'm looking forward to it. Jerry is a canoe racer. He's been the C1 class (what exactly that means, I don't know) champion the last 6 years in the state of Texas. So, we had planned on using a 4 person torpedo canoe, but got concerned about tight creek channels. So, we're going with a 2-man kevlar canoe (weighs in at 40 pounds), and Darin and Jeff will be in their kayak. We're also using these ultra-light carbon-fiber paddles. I never thought I would get so jazzed about a canoe paddle, but after using that thing last night, wow. A canoer's dream. Jerry gave me some tips on my stroke technique, and once I stopped splashing, started reaching, and pulled the paddle from the water at my hip, I had a noise-less, splash-less, efficient stroke. We were zoomin'. Well, for a canoe. I forgot to time us on our first mile. But, on the way back, I clocked an 11:30 mile. This is gonna be a great race. Next Race: July 16 in Mineral Wells. Previous Races: Rockstick Challenge Martin Dies

7/13/2005 10:38:00 AM :: ::
9 Comments:
  • Do you ever stop lady? That's what I want to know. And do you dream about all this racing stuff at night when you sleep? You do sleep, right? ;-)

    Good luck on Saturday!

    My next race is tomorrow night. Only a 5k.

    By Blogger Indigo, at 7/13/2005 11:34:00 AM

     


  • Canoe racing champ, carbon-fiber paddles, stealth training ... Gonna transmit the info back to my team ;)

    the agent

    By Anonymous the agent, at 7/13/2005 11:57:00 AM

     


  • Hi, I'm here via MommaK's place.
    Wishing you a great (and fast) race. :)

    By Anonymous Mary, at 7/13/2005 12:21:00 PM

     


  • Good luck on Saturday; I'll be looking forward to hearing how you get on.

    By Blogger Jean-Luc Picard, at 7/13/2005 02:17:00 PM

     


  • That does sound fun, in a grueling-push-yourself-to-the-limit sort of way.

    Best of luck! Looking forward to some pics :-)

    By Blogger Bone, at 7/13/2005 02:32:00 PM

     


  • C-1 - One-person canoe. The paddler kneels in the boat and uses a single-bladed paddle.
    Info from this site

    My kayak is more like the 'Country Squire' station wagon or a mini-van. It's a 2 seater (that we can cram the 2 kids into) with an open hull. It's more recreational and I've only used it on the lake by our house. I used to do lot of bike touring (20 years ago) and my personal best was 136 miles while loaded with 70 pounds of gear. I've done a lot of mountain biking too. Not in a while though. You sound like you are awesome in your sports, that's real cool. Keep it up. Sorry your first visit to my Blog was Blah, I need to keep posts positve and keep kayaking.

    By Blogger :phil:, at 7/13/2005 06:11:00 PM

     


  • I think you are going to need a personal masseuse at your beck and call after this race. Your poor little arms are gonna be hurtin! You may not even be able to get a brewski up to your parched little lips afterwards...what's a girl to do???

    By Blogger Carnealian, at 7/13/2005 08:05:00 PM

     


  • Wow, girl, you are amazing. Good luck!!!!

    By Blogger TrueJerseyGirl, at 7/13/2005 09:11:00 PM

     


  • So are you the most in shape person or what. I can not believe the things you do. I might have to try some of this stuff out--in a couple of months.

    By Blogger Jolynn, at 7/14/2005 10:32:00 AM

     


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