So it's been a very good year.
I broke all previous records from 2010 and 2011 (the year I was on shoulder rehab) for number of rivers paddled (47), hours in my boats (366:37:03), days paddled (103), difficulty of rivers paddled (IV-V), calories burned on rivers (48,146) and calories burned boating overall (116,200).
I kayaked in NY, MA, WV, PA, Costa Rica, Canada, Argentina, and Chile.
I paddled the Bottom Moose (IV-V)
And I'm back from my trip to Argentina and Chile:
I got on some of the biggest white water I've ever seen (the Futalefu in Chile). For a glimpse of the kind of thing I saw, take a look at the White Water Grand Prix race run on that river a few days after I was on it.
I might not have been on the same sections shown. And I was not racing other boats; I just wanted to stay upright because I had ear infections and didn't want cold water in my ear canals. I also had a chest cold and lungs full of fluid so I was out of breath much of the time. And there was a fever and those night sweats. But it was all good, once I was on the water; I didn't notice those things. And I didn't flip, which taught me that I can stay upright if I really really want to. (Normally I don't care because I can always just roll up.)
But it was the same river and it was Very Big. A LOT of water. The current was so strong and fast we went 4.3 miles in 1.2 hours. And we were not hurrying. We spent a lot of time at the put in, warming up, practicing skills, taking photos between the rapids, checking the gauge, etc. That might tell you how much water was going through there. It was a pretty high level, "70," even for the Futa.
Here we are, between the rapids, all tossing our paddles in the air, for fun:
(There was no taking pictures while running the rapids, which you'll understand if you watch the Grand Prix videos.)
So now here I am, back at home, the cold mostly finished (just hacking the last stuff out of my lungs) and 10 lbs above where I like to be, partly due to the difficulty of eating right while ill in a foreign country - you get so drained you just eat what is put in front of you rather than asking for more veggies and protein and less carbs and sugar. And judgement is kind of impaired in those situations anyway.
And I haven't weight trained since I left, which is now a month ago. And my jeans are tight. And here are the holidays, with temptations all around me and all my normal exercise options disrupted.
This blog is for me. A kind of vision collage, if you will, of the things I am looking forward to.
I have some short term goals, like being in my +/- 3% range for the weigh in on Monday for the Mardi Gras Maintainer Challenge docs.google.com/spreadsh
But I also have some other long term goals in mind. If I can stay in good condition (which requires eating right, doing strength training, conditioning, and working on flexibility) I may be able to step up my game this year.
Here are some of the rivers I have in my sights as possibilities, depending on how well I can train and improve:
1. The Rouge in Quebec (IV-IV+):
2. Great Falls in the DC area: (V+)
3. The Upper Yough in Pennsylvania: (IV-V)
4. The Upper Gauley in West Virginia: (IV-V)
5, This is in addition to more runs on the Bottom Moose (IV-V)
If I want to do this, I have my work cut out for me, because it is very ambitious.
That means, food ON POINT, including paying attention to macronutrients as well as overall calories, continued strength training (I'm at Stage Three for New Rules of Lifting for Women), continued conditioning (XC skiing, spin class and tae kardio), and continued flexibility (yoga).
And so, here I am, on the darkest day of the year, heading into my off season, and trying to keep the motivation alive for the spring.
My first step is to do an entire week with the calories under 2000 and to resume the strength training. I've got 3 days to go for the calories and plan to restart strength training tonight.
Don't wish me luck. Prod me, poke, me, bug me, annoy me, and otherwise get under my skin and help me remember why I'm doing this.
So I can boat better.