Paddling (Claremont Jetty) 46:12  4.29 km (10:46 / km)
Was tempted to not go at all this morning but pulled myself out of bed.
Feet where numb from he cold wet ground getting my boat onto the car, and worse after getting it off at claremont jetty.
I headed out and didn't feel too unstable and though a little tippy to start felt reasonably good.
First km was pretty cruisey just feeling it out. Breeze was behind me and heading towards peppigrove
On the 2nd km a coach roach popped up next to my left foot but I thought it was a bee when I first saw it and scared me momentarily - putting my left leg overboard in reaction... yes that got some water into the seat area and made it wet and cooler. oh well - after having a laugh and getting rid of the roach I continued but interestingly my left leg now started going numb badly! had to stop at least one time and put both legs over to get feeling back. Also the leg where I crossed freshwater bay from pep grove side to midway to Dalkeith against the breeze so was a bit slower.
3rd KM completed the leg across the bay to Dalkeith and got into the smoother/protected water where paddling was quicker and certainly was getting more speed and into a rhyme. Again and to stop because of leg/foot numbness.
4th km/ home Dalkeith to claremont jetty - mainly in calm/protected water - certainly got better stroke rate up and started getting purchase. Left leg went completely numb but as it was spitting rain and I was running late I refused to stop to get the blood back. Ended with a better split because of this - however struggled to get out of kayak and almost fell out as I couldn't lift or move my left leg... far from ideal! took several minutes for ti to become useful again and I did feel like I was going to pull/rip a muscle getting out of craft. was a long time before ti felt fully right.
I think I am going to have to move pedals further away still to reduce the strain - I found also I was banging my knees with the paddle - probably bad paddling technique more than knees to high - but maybe if legs slightly straighter less straight, less numbness, less knee bashing = more speed :P who knows. looking forward to next paddle though quite enjoyed it.
Timing was bad and made me quite late - ended up full tilt run for the train and as a result my shins have been sore all day :(