Monday, January 21, 2008

It's Just too Cold

So yesterday I took my 'rest' day early for the week, and called the weekend a 'recovery', though I did get to the track on Sunday for some ChiRunning technique work. Unfortunately I also didn't get in any paddling this weekend. I'd originally scheduled a weekend of paddling and camping, but this cold weather cancelled those plans. I don't really like paddling when it's near or below freezing.

When this happens, I just think about the Watertribers like the Captn and Boo, and Mark, and others who live in states like Wisconsin and Michigan with frozen water. They haven't paddled for a while, and might not even get to paddle before the EC.

So I spent a good bit of the day on the computer surfing, and being lazy. Coincidentally, just as I found myself at the Kruger Canoe site, reading about the new Bushwacker Challenge, May 17-22, 150 mile paddle on the Pine and Chippewa Rivers (with portages), the UPS man came with an unexpected surprise.

My friend Brian, Capt'n of the "O" Dark 30, had sent me 2 CDs. "Never Before Never Again", the story about Verlen Kruger and Clint Waddell's 7,000 mile voyage from Montreal to the Bering Sea, following the historic fur trading canoe routes, and all in 6 months. And, "Defying the River", a documentary of three women paddling in the Texas Water Safari, considered one of the worlds toughest canoe races.

Hmm, seems more than coincidental, unfortunately, I think my calendar is pretty full :(


Kristen said...

Glad I wasn't the only one who chickened out...

Capt'n "O" Dark 30 & Super Boo said...

is it wrong when it is 12 degree and you think it is a heat wave?

mirage19 said...

My job takes me into the cold everyday and I am doing labor. The cold seems to work the body harder and make all my aches have aches. Good thing you have the yoga as part of your conditioning, I undersatnd it can be very physical.

You have a lot of friends pulling for you. Warm weather is on they way