The First Kayak of the Season
Monday, May 27, 2013
This morning my husband and I went for our first kayak trip of the year. We picked a new location and were pleasantly surprised. It was calm, peaceful and so vast that we have more to cover the next time we go out. It was also a terrific measure of my progress with SP, which is awesome. So beyond the enjoyable sights and activity, here's what I discovered:
1.) SIZE: My life jacket is too big. The straps are now as tight as they go.
2.) STRENGTH: I can lift my kayak and my husband's without any help or rests while moving them from the launch to the car.
3.) FLEXIBILITY: It was not a feat to get in my kayak today. All I did was swing my leg over to the other side and sit down (with ease!).
4.) ENDURANCE: My paddling was steady and consistent. No heavy breathing, no sweating, no stopping - just smooth and relaxing.
Today was one of the first times I realized how much extra weight I was genuinely carrying just a few months ago. I always felt tired and lethargic, making excuses for why I was feeling that way then and there, but the hard truth was that I was THAT out of shape and unhealthy. So today marks a true improvement and accomplishment in my journey.
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Although, SP, let's be realistic with the calorie burn per hour for kayaking here, okay? There is no way it is 700+ calories per hour. So while I was out on the water for about 2.5 hours, I'm only logging an hour.
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And while this photo is from last year (we were moving too much today to take photos) I like to think it shows how peaceful kayaking can be: