Saturday, July 14, 2007

Time to Pack

Got in a late 15 miler last night on the lake, camped, then paddled back early this morning, enjoyed both a beautiful sunset and sunrise. I love camping in my Hennesey Hammock tent, especially after paddling. I wake up and my back, arms, and shoulders fell so well rested and restored. I'm hoping I'll be able to use it during the MR340, possibly at the boat ramps. This paddle will be the last of my training.

This weekend will be spent putting in new rudder cables, replacing old bungee's, putting my race number on my Kruger Dreamcatcher (#1952, a very good year to be born) and getting all packed (Alan and I plan to start driving on Friday).

I'm still trying to figure out packing. In the WaterTribe challenges you are unsupported, and carry everything you'll need for up to 7 days. The MR340 allows shore support. I'm finding it a bit of a challenge figuring out what I want with me, vs have available to me every 40 or so miles. I think I'd normally just prefer to keep all my gear and food with me, but, my Dreamcatcher is no light weight (almost 70 lbs), and any extra weight means I'm working so much harder then the racers with their carbon fiber lightweight kayaks and canoes.

And, I want to spend some time playing with Paul this weekend. He just got his new bike, a Bacchetta Recumbant Strata, it's beautiful. I'd love to try it out, but, after watching him fall over twice within his first 3 minutes, I've decided to wait till after the race, just in case :)


Capt'n "O" Dark 30 said...

Knee bent, full power stoke. - So you get almost 180's or rotation when you push off.

Most people start off with the peddle too far forward and there isn't enough speed to stay upright.

I've peddled a tandem recumbant... so much fun.

Midwest Paddle Adventures said...

Amazing how much Capt'n's description of a pedle cycle sounds much like a paddle cycle.

FYI - I finally linked your blog on my blog links. I just kept forgetting to get that done.

See ya in KC soon.