First of all, one ought to have a toolkit. If you’ve heard of the phrase, up creek without a paddle, you will understand that preparedness is the key to a successful paddle excursion.
My toolkit isn’t fancy, but it is practical. In fact, most of the items I have listed below I swooped up at a warehouse sale or goodwill. The links to Amazon are for illustrative /descriptive purposes only.
First pack a smile, some back up items and may the best paddle be with you.
Screwdrivers (flathead and philips) & Allen wrenches: If you need to change out, put on or take off your fin, you will need to unscrew it from your board. Unfortunately, fin screws are not universal.
Pliers– For the unruly screws and fins.
Screw sets– size screws and plates in case you lose them or need to replace. Most sets are the following dimensions:
July 4, 2015 we woke up in Sunny San Diego. A bit of a pace changer from quiet, sleepy Minnesota.
Spent the am, literally running around Ocean Beach completing the run portion of our training for the Fat Cat Triathalon. We could feel the energy. People upon people were headed out to the beach putting their stakes in the ground for canopies and steaks on the grill for the big Summer Saturday party on the Beach.
By the time we got to our bike portion of the training, we could barely walk on the Mission beach boardwalk let alone bike there. We have never seen a crowd like that before.
Ben, having lived there for 10 years, and I just a mere tourist, we could agree that this was a LOT of people. I needed an escape. We needed balance. So we hopped on over to get a paddleboard and take off by the Catamaran on Mission Beach. They offer a number of paddleboards by the hour, which is ultra convenient.
After just 5 minutes in the Bay, I could feel my heart beat return to normal and the zen pump through. Taking a chaotic city and massive party perspective from a paddleboard is one of the most transforming experiences. You really have to focus on your surroundings, your breathe and maintaining balance – which is very different from the claustrophobic feeling of being lost in the crowd.
Come challenge your balance and play on the the water before the summer is over! Kelli Carlson will lead you through some fun yoga move on the SUP board with guidance from Randy Johnson www.minnesotastanduppaddleandsail.com
In preparation for the St. Croix Fat Cat, I’ve been running, padddling and o yeah- a little bit of that bike thing. Cross-training is a challenge. I’ve come up with this simple 5 step routine for the next few weeks:
d. Looking for more warm up tips, try this from Backcountry
3. Paddle sprint 1 mile, averaging about 13 min mile
3. Biking. WELL, this I need to work on. 8 miles in 35 min gives me a 2-3 min/mile average.
4. Yoga cool down, repeating step 2 on land.
I find all my muscles that have been in balance with strengthening and lengthening tighten up. In particular, the hamstrings, calves and lower back are shortened. That’s why I feel adding 2 parts yoga into your tri-fitness routines help keep your muscles in balance.