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Training Log Archive: Dangerman

In the 1 days ending Dec 6, 2009:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Paddling1 1:42:10 9.81(5.8/h) 15.79(9.3/h)
  Total1 1:42:10 9.81(10:25) 15.79(6:28)
  [1-5]1 1:33:57

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Sunday Dec 6, 2009 #

Paddling (Ocean Reef) 50:33 intensity: (5:00 @0) + (2:11 @1) + (28:10 @2) + (12:11 @3) + (2:57 @4) + (4 @5) 6.99 km (8.3 kph)
ahr:145 max:181 shoes: Custom Kayaks Mentor

Paddle for Ocean Reef marina to the Reef Marker, about 3.5km out form shore. Jacko joined my but .. and Dolf were unfortunately absent. Shame, the conditions were very agreeable to a first time downwind paddle.

It looked very flat when we arrived, however the wind picked up significantly while we were getting ready. With the wind in mind, I thought it best to go up wind initially and then downwind. As we rounded the marina walls, the swell direction was perfectly lined up with the marker. So, instead of heading along the shore with bouncing waves and side chop, we headed out to the maker.

It proved to be a good decision. As we rounded the marker, the waves we reasonably clean with no bounce back that we would later face closer in to shore. And they were of a good pace too. Jacko took to it like a duck to water which was great to see.

I'm rather glad that he did, and that he enjoyed himself, as now he might understand why I go on about downwind paddle so much! The Spirit's rudder, even in these mild conditions, was just barely touching the water at times.

Paddling 51:37 intensity: (3:13 @0) + (7:04 @1) + (6:28 @2) + (12:19 @3) + (17:11 @4) + (5:22 @5) 8.8 km (10.2 kph)
ahr:157 max:181 shoes: Custom Kayaks Mentor

Hillarys to Ocean Reef today with the IOP group. This is only the 2nd time I have done this particular run and the first time with a tailwind, all 25-32 knots of it.

I had a fantastic time and was glad that I held back on my last 2 paddles and didn't go flat out. That allowed me to give it the absolute beans today. And boy, did I ever! The moment I turned downwind, after a short cross wind leg, I was on a skate clenching my buttcheeks and rocketing down a wave. I had not experienced conditions like this before. At times felt as if I was sliding down the roof of a 2 story building!

The skates were practically lining up to be caught today. There were times where I didn't bother paddling. I just caught the wave, looked around for another skate forming, turned towards it, caught that, looked again and so on. Awesome big smiles all round good clean wholesome fun!

Check out these km times:
8:21 - out of the marina and cross wind
5:31 - stopped and turned around near marina
10:11 ditto.

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