Thursday, April 27, 2006

The best exercise

I like kayaking in the ocean when it's glassy smooth. Yesterday, it wasn't. But, we went anyway. People who kayak dive in California would be laughing their a** off to hear us call this surf! When you're used to it being like a lake tho, this is a challenge. Here's Dick taking off. And, here's uncle John. The real problem for me was the strong north running current with the wind also going that way. We paddled about 3/4 mile out, straight out. Then, while we were under, we drifted about a mile north - maybe more. The paddle back was going up stream AND against the wind. My arms and shoulders were screaming. I had visions of Jim having to call the Coast Guard to come and get me! It is THE best way to get exercise. If I had been lifting weights or some other gym-exercise I would have quit after 5 minutes! But, when you're paddling in the ocean, you don't have much choice. You *have* to get back! So, I took deep breaths and put one end of the paddle in after the other. I sure felt like I had accomplished something by the time I got back! And, we got to surf the last few yards. Wheee. To give you some perspective, here's Dick and Uncle John on their way back in. We had paddled about halfway to that aircraft carrier out there. Dick surfed his kayak too. It really is great exercise - if I could do that every day for a couple months, I'd get in shape! As it is, I just get sore. Oh, but it hurts so good.

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