RABIES1965 commented on my page that she too is a whitewater kayaker and also struggles with the long drives, the ubiquitous post-river beers, etc. She asked what I do to manage all that and still maintain.
I'm going to start by saying it isn't easy. Unlike sea kayaking, white water is by definition social because you simply cannot do it alone safely, ever, except perhaps at a park-and-play spot or on a designated slalom course where there are onlookers, and even that is risky.
There are generally lots of food and beer temptations because white water paddlers are generous and friendly and social by nature. And driving to even GET to the rivers involves a lot of time sitting in a car, not exercising.
So for me, white water is a REASON to be in shape, not a WAY to be in shape.
I once wrote a blog post just about how I handle food on kayaking trips: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
I also eat as carefully as I can during the week and during the off-season, creating a deficit to offset those expected overages.
I train hard during the week so I'll be in strong physical condition for the weekend. This includes a mixture of heavy weight lifting (New Rules of Lifting for Women), high intensity interval training for conditioning (spin class), and flexibility work (yoga).
Given where I came from (336 lbs), my age (late 40s), the fact that I am a relative newbie to the sport (I just finished my second season), and I'm female (less upper body strength than my buddies), I need to work extra hard to make sure I can pull my own weight on and off the river. I take the approach of an athlete, because I feel like that is going to give me the best possible foundation for building my skills on the river.
Comments, suggestions, etc. are welcome!
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