I had to figure a way to stand up paddleboard (SUP) in cold weather. My feet were my biggest worry. They get cold with socks on in the house. I needed to find something to wear in the water. At REI.com , I found a few different things that I could try. I decided on NRS Kicker Remix Wetshoe Water Shoes – Men’s.
I followed their sizing guide and was mindful of the comments on the page. So I ordered a size 10 in mens though I wear a 10.5 in womens. It was a good thing because the pair that arrived was the perfect size. My foot is apparently too monstrous for the women’s version.
My New River Friend
This weekend was especially restful, productive and refreshing. “Productive” does not usually fit with the other two. Maybe it was more a matter of having time to clean instead off logging on to work.
The paddle was fun. I went out with a small group to the river I go to often. The wind was a little high to relax on a lake. The skies were overcast and it was a little cool for Florida folk. That is probably why a few people backed out at the last minute. Somehow, I picked the coolest day of my short SUP career to fall twice. The first time my fin hit a log under the unusually low water level. The second time, I was setting up a wildlife shot and my fin nudged something…I am hoping another tree. I was not really cold until my silliness took me into a grocery store on the way home. I am simply too lazy to go home and change and then drive back to the store. I can confirm that their air conditioner works just fine.
Journeyed out to a lake this weekend. The water was like glass. A few birds and fisherman kept it from being lonely but it had a nice feeling of solitude. There were some fish around but they refused to pose for a picture. The water was much more clear than I had expected. The swimming area had been closed due to bacteria levels two weeks ago.
The more time I spend on the water, the more often I want to go. A meditative and relaxing time that I now crave. With the cold weather starting to move in, I may have to start hiking.
(the cartoon looking bird was not photo-shopped)
This weekend Lil’ Red and I went out on the river. I renamed him to Lil’ Red because the board is so maneuverable and fun. Compared to the longer boards that I had been renting, he is just little.
It is a good thing that he is so responsive and easy to handle. We had to maneuver around a very enthusiastic Boy Scout troop, a kayak group, a volunteer cleanup group, and many more. Random fact of the trip: the cleanup group found a beer can from 1988. The water was the clearest I have seen there. A fabulous day that I hope will carry me past any stress of the week.
While I did see some turtles and fish in the water, I was not fast enough to capture them in good light. Here is what my magic Nikon was able to capture: Continue reading
This weekend I felt really small.
It started with my new toy: a beautiful paddleboard!! The wonderful instructor that introduced me to paddleboarding helped me tie it down to the car. The board is small compared to other SUPs but it is still huge.
Once I arrived at the hotel, I had wished that I had requested a first floor room. The stairs were too small for the board. I was actually grateful for that. Six floors carrying the board…no thank you. The elevator was just big enough once I wrestled the board into the right position.
The next morning was my big chance. I had about an hour to get to the beach and christen the new board. The beach access behind my building was blocked so I lugged the board over to the next building and down to the water. That alone was a workout!
I surveyed the water and determined the best place for entry. The waves were huge! I have never been in water that rough but I was determined. Fish were everywhere. Did I just see 2 small fins swimming near the shore? …but I was determined.
Six months ago I began to juice. I thought that I should journal my experiments; the good, the bad and the ugly. The blogging bug bit me and I decided to start a more general site. A whole new world opened and I began reading other blogs and gaining some WP friends 8)
Six months after a tentative juicing start, my free time has transformed. This morning I was driving home from a paddleboard workout found on meetup.com and stopped at the organic supermarket to pick up fresh fruit and veg. For a treat, I just had tabbouleh salad on organic brown rice cakes. Who just wrote that?
I used to laugh at the idea of a juice fast. Well, one 10 day fast later, I stopped laughing.
I have gotten my first pair of glasses, likely because of all the extra time on the computer. 8) And have taken my first photography lesson.
After 70 posts, 5800 views, and and almost 800 comments, I am looking forward to the next 6 months.
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My next few posts will feature some of my favorite posts, photos and graphics.
Two days, two sore calves, and two great, new workouts…
1) Yesterday I had two firsts: using Groupon and paddleboarding. Both went really well. I never even fell in the water! We pushed off from shore in the swollen river. It had rained so much that the normally clear water was murky and over its banks. With the calm of the morning, it had turned to a black mirror. Our paddles broke ripples to shore and my instructor pondered aloud, “The alligators usually sit on the banks that the water has risen over. I wonder where they are now?” Um, okay, let’s hope not swimming. We paddled on with new motivation not to fall in. Another thought that came out, “Because the water is so murky, it is hard to see where the fallen trees are, so if you feel something under your board, that is probably it.” Better to be overturned by a tree than a gator. I followed his path. We make it to the turnaround point. Here is where a natural spring merges with the river. There is an area where we can see to the bottom. I kneel down to take a break and to dip my toes in the cool water. Most newbies, and I am no exception, tend to have foot and toe pain from awkward balancing technique. Mine had gone numb by this point so the rest and cool water was very soothing and relaxing. In one swift motion, my fearless instructor moves from sitting to kneeling and starts towards me. “Is that a snake or a turtle?”, he asks.