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A lovely morning on the water...

Monday, July 22, 2013

Got up at 5am to get ready to go paddling with my brother, Jeremy. We didn't actually get on the water until 7:30am, but it was still early enough that there was very little motorized water craft out and about. The lake was ours! Beautiful conditions on Lake Erie this morning. Calm and not too hot (though I forgot to put sunscreen on my arms, and got a bit of a sunburn). Lots of birds out on the morning. Cormorants, bald eagles, great blue herons, geese, seagulls, and various smaller birds I couldn't identify. At one point we went exploring up a creek, and I saw a doe and her little, spotted fawn at the water's edge. We paddled 18+ miles in about 5 hours, with an average speed of 3.5 mph. Then, when we got back to the launch Jeremy announces that is time for me to do capsize and re-entry training. Woohoo, fun! Yes, I intentionally flipped my kayak... three times. I remembered to take my glasses off first, since I have yet to get a strap for them. And then I leaned all the way to the right and flipped that sucker! First we did a T-rescue, where he helped me get back in my boat (and helped get the water out of my boat, which is very important). I managed that fine. Then we did a paddle float self rescue, where he just coached me and I had to rescue myself. I had trouble with that one... so he made me do it twice. I am not that strong of a swimmer, so treading water, and doing the rescues... fully clothed... for 30 minutes was very tiring. But I got it. Now I know where the tipping point is for my kayak, and how to rescue myself if I should fall in for some reason. I paddle a Pungo kayak though, which is exceedingly stable. One of the things I learned today is that it takes a lot to flip a Pungo. I feel very safe and stable in my kayak. A veritable park bench on the water.

I put in my paddling time in the fitness tracker and did 2 SP videos (after I got home, lol)... yoga and Qi Gong... and now my nutrition tracker is telling me I should eat about 5,000 calories today. What? I don't think so. I did eat a much larger than normal breakfast and lunch, and I had a beer with my brother after we got back to his place and unloaded the boats, but I would need to eat about 4 full meals more to make it even close to that many calories, and that isn't going to happen.

I was thinking of going for a run this evening, but my left knee is very stiff, so I think I will take the day off from running. I have a busy day tomorrow, but I should have time for a run either before the cookout for my best friend's birthday, or possibly after. I also need to get back at my cleaning project at my parents' house. I took today off from that, but I don't want to lose momentum, so tomorrow night I will be back at it. We have now removed 15 contractor's bags of trash, 6 regular trash bags of laundry, bunches of recycling and there is a pile of stuff that mom has to go through, as some of it is antiques or has to do with family history. Yesterday I found a big envelope with love letters my grandfather wrote to my grandmother when she lived in NYC in the 30s and 40s. Stuff like that I set aside for mom to go through.

Anyways... lovely day for a paddle with good company, and plenty of other activities to keep me moving as well. I hope everyone else had a good day too!

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    It DOES take a lot of effort to tip a recreational kayak. I remember trying to roll my Current Designs Kestrel and how LONG it took to flip over, and similarly, how LONG it took to flip it back up again. LOL

    Now I'm much happier in narrow boats because I know that if I flip over I can roll right back up again, quickly. Plus they're faster.
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    Wow! I'm exhausted just reading this!

    1190 days ago
    Nice that you now have the confidence and knowledge of how to handle yourself if something happens while paddling.
    1190 days ago
    Paddling sounds like so much fun. Good for you!!!

    1190 days ago
    emoticon sounds like a fun day
    I know what you mean about SP adding to calories for execise done
    I have been under their estimations lately also.
    1190 days ago
    Paddling sounds like quite a workout.
    1190 days ago
    Wow. Flipping yourself in the kayak. It sounds like sliding into second base... not sure I could let myself do it.
    1191 days ago
    once again well done! keep listening to your body, and enjoy the occasional high calorie treat after your epic adventures. you have established the firm habit of an active life now, if you don't feed your body it will start to wimp out on you. you are a champion on learning how to maintain the in/out balance
    1191 days ago
  • ARW715
    I always love hearing about your adventures! You have me thinking of getting a kayak!
    1191 days ago
    Someday, when you least expect it, you will wish you had bought that strap for your glasses.

    Re 5000 extra calories--mine is only saying 400 - 800 more than usual. I might as well need to find an elephant to snack on.

    But for you, what about the worlds largest hot fudge sunday with a package of walnuts? 1 gallon of icecream, a jar of chocolate syrup, 5 bananas, a pint of whipped cream, whipped, and a pound of nuts might do it. If you don't explode first. ; D
    1191 days ago
  • DARLY55
    It sounds like you had a great day! It's good to take a break form tedious tasks.
    I'm glad you had a good time learning to save yourself - just in case. You never know!
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    1191 days ago
    What a great day! Glad you got a break from the cleaning.

    So...when your tracker says 5,000 calories, how many DO you eat? My tracker says I should eat 2200-2500 calories, and I'll probably eat 1500. I don't trust it!!!!
    1191 days ago
    Wonderful! I'm glad things are going so well for you.
    1191 days ago
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