Monday, September 15, 2008
Don't Stop Paddling!
A year ago, I was out there paddling every day. I was attempting to paddle for at least an hour every day for 100 days without a break. I did have to skip a few days because of ice and things, but on Dec 27th, I went out on my 100th paddle. During that time I never felt better. No aches, no pains, nothing but good healthy fun.
This year I have not paddled since August, nearly a month on dry land. I have a runny nose, my right elbow aches and for a few days, my lower back gave me nothing but trouble. The answer is clear. Don't stop paddling!
I've been looking at this beautiful lake in northern Georgia during these past few weeks. It's a fun lake to paddle on, but I need more. I need to get home to my boats, my paddles and gear! I need to find some salty water, some big waves and I intend to find some. I'll be heading down to Maine at the end of September to do some Greenland style paddling with fellow 'skinny stick' fans. I can't wait and neither can my body!
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Michael, I know exactly what you mean, I can go a week without my fix but by the time two weaks goes by, I am like a bear with a sore head.
I hear ya - faint echoes of the good old Use-It-Or-Lose-It syndrome, I guess. With very few exceptions (like tennis elbow - don't ask how I know!!), the best exercise for aches and pains seems to be activity - and Vitamin I, :->)), of course...
oh jings, I'm managing to survive without the water fix, replacing it with horseback fix!
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