July 31, 2005

Weekend training

It's been almost 4 weeks since I've done a sunday training session that hasn't been cancelled! I was kind of desperate to get some kms up in training because it's a long paddle from Molokai to Oahu, people!! Luckily Red Ginger, who just came back from a holiday in Tahiti and San Fran, came up with a plan to borrow some OC1s kept at Voodoo's place in Five Dock. It was the first time i'd willingly paddled in an OC1 (single craft) that wasn't for a time trial!

The sun was shining, the water was flat (which is good if you dont want to fall off!) and the canoes were great! Talk about living the life - the three of us walked the boats over from the house to the bay (about 100m) and took off around Cockatoo Island for a short paddle - we estimate it was only 6kms or so, and then we made a pit stop to the Marina at Birkenhead Point and had a coffee on the dock while our little canoes were tied up between the big luxury boats. So maybe the 'break' was almost as long as the training session, but it was better than a sleep in which requires no effort! It's such a contrast to the cold and dark training sessions at night, in thermals with frozen fingers and toes.

Yesterday was day 2 of the OC steering clinic. On day 1 I could only manage a zig zag that involved me trying to avoid hitting a massive pontoon in the middle of the bay,, but this time I managed to poke and poke til the boat went straight... i think i'm getting the hang of it. slowly.


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