I was determined to get out on my paddleboard yesterday. Weatherman said there is rain coming, but not until later that day. He also said that there was some wind, but not too bad. That is what I heard anyway. Thus began…
The Fear Factor Workout
Lil’ Red and I started our way out of the protected launch area.
As we made our way across the lake the wind was blowing left to right. I can handle this. It was blowing me towards the bank so I could not rest without risking being driven into grassy shores. I can handle this.
As we continue on, the wind shifts to become a tailwind. The water is a little more rough. I can handle this. We slip through a small canal into a smaller lake. The winds were more quiet and so we stopped for a rest.
Exiting the lake, we passed by a father and son that had just reeled in a nice catch.
On one side of the canal is an apartment building. A lady shouted from the third floor, “good girl!” I looked up, saw her grinning, gave a wave, and then it hit me…
The wind had picked up and was straight into my face. As the waves from the lake I was entering hit the board, we started to spin around. I began to laugh as I pictured my cheerleader cracking up from her third floor perch.
We could barely get out of the canal. I sat down and began to perfect sit down paddleboarding. I can handle this.
Fifteen minutes later, my hip flexers are cramping and I try to lay on my stomach and paddle like a surfer. I can handle this.
The marina entrance is now in site, barely. I sit up to take a picture of the drama. By the time I figured out the battery was dead, Lil’ Red had spun around. I can handle this.
I got to my feet and paddled on the treadmill.
30 minutes out and 60 minutes back. One adventurous workout over. Whew!