Tuesday, July 02, 2013
My line dance teacher invited me to go kayaking with her Sunday night. I agreed to go. This was my first time kayaking and I learned a lot in just a short time, including a lot about myself. We went out on a local lake, winds were blowing and helped us along towards the goal where we'd be turning around and coming back to the dock. The winds increased and I stopped about 1/4 mile from where the other 2 turned around. While waiting for them the wind actually turned my kayak around. I just kept it steady and away from the rocks until they got back to where I had stopped. With the wind at our backs we made good time on the way back. Once we got around the bend and picked up the 4th member of our party who had to stop there the wind had picked up a lot more and we were now paddling into it. The youngest member ended up being towed back and I paddled back. I learned and trick to make the paddling easier and faster. I was out ahead until we were almost back to the dock. Again I stopped and let the others catch up. Water was drank often, so basically we all stopped often to rehydrate anyway. I actually didn't realize how far we had gone just one way, I think she said it was about 5 miles out, then we had to come back the same 5 miles.
What I did learn from all of this, thinking I was really going to be hurting the next morning. I'm in better shape then I thought I was. The only pain I noticed the next day was from where the life jacket had pushed on my upper left arm. I think it bruised it a little, altho I haven't seen a bruise there yet. I'm proud that I actually was able to paddle all that way without any problems, other then the wind, and no pain the next day.