Thursday, January 31, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
At home, it's been a marathon boat building weekend. I think Alan's been a bit frustrated at how slowly things seem to be going, but, noone is slacking off. Except possibly me, there isn't anything to paint yet, so I just keep them company and supervise :)
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
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 :(
Friday, January 18, 2008
My decision to do an Ironman triathlon later this year, and also do my annual WaterTribe Everglades Challenge race, was definitely a selfish one, and will require a self-centered approach to be successful. My family and friends will be forced to make sacrifices, and I'll need to stay conscious of that. To make this all work will require flexibility (the world and I won't end if I miss a workout here and there), reminders of what is really important in life, and reminders to be thankful of the blessings I already have.
That leads me to my training schedule. Laura, my coach put together a maintenance training plan. That's the plan I'm on before I actually begin the official Ironman training, and allows some paddling training for WaterTribe. I've been challenged trying to make it all fit into my life, without giving up too much of my life. Most workouts are very early morning and during lunch, leaving me free most evenings and nights, and weekend afternoons and nights. Of course being free, and being awake are sometimes two different things :)
When it all falls apart, I just call it a recovery week. I'm having one of those right now, no long bike ride today. While Alan is off in Florida for the holiday weekend at a sailing regatta with Team Velocity, I've been helping Paul with sanding and painting, and painting, and painting. We've just finished the 5th coat on the hull, we'll sand and polish when it all cures. Only 5 weekends left, it's gonna come right down to the wire, they've still gotta build the cabin and deck, then more sanding and painting, and painting, and painting.
It's a cold and wet day today, 2-4 inches of snow predicted later this afternoon (I'll believe it when I see it). I'm supposed to paddle long tomorrow, it'll be cold, but at least it'll be pretty.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
My Yoga teachers Sommer and Paul Sobin
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
I've spent years and years battling running injuries, so much that I had given it up. I'm hoping the injuries were the result of poor running technique. Now, determined to work towards a life time goal of competing in an Ironman triathlon this year, I'm going to have to learn some new tricks and work on my running and distance walking technique. I've registered for a Chi Running clinic this Saturday, and am hoping for the best.
Not to worry, I'll be out on the water paddling on Sunday. Practice makes perfect.
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Today Alan is 22 years old, and he's already been lucky enough to have had some incredible experiences as a sailor, paddler, athlete, and all around great guy.
Sunday, January 06, 2008
This is not our garage!
Last night’s discussions at home were about moving the boat building shop from the basement to the garage. This is a HUGE decision with HUGE impact. Naturally the garage would need a couple space heaters, and we’d have to work out some ventilation. But, the BIGGER issue is that we would have to CLEAN the garage.
Our garage is a typical suburban 2-car garage, that doesn’t really fit a 2nd car. Since we have lots of “stuff”, it doesn’t fit any car. What may not be typical, is just how much “stuff “ we have in it.
Our garage stores 6 kayaks and all their gear (one is on a trailer), 2 windsurfers with gear and extra sails, 9 bikes and bike gear, 4 sets of rollerblades and gear, a few skateboards, a couple boogie boards, family snorkeling gear, lots of family car and kayak camping gear including tents, sleeping bags, beach and camp chairs, and various sized coolers. This stuff is hanging on walls, on ceilings, in storage containers, drawers, and trunks everywhere. Then of course it also holds all the typical garage stuff, garden tools, lawn-mower, power-washer, ladders, hand truck, and car stuff. We even have a couple car seats taken from the mini-van, so we can fit all the ‘stuff’ in the car when we take it somewhere. Oh yes, and everything else that seems should logically be stored in a garage.
Now imagine that none of this is very organized, and I freely admit to making most of the mess. Our family would much rather play then clean, and unfortunately, I’ve set the worst example of this. Monthly Paul tries to at least keep a path clean from the kitchen-garage door to the driveway, and a few times a year, we spend a weekend taking it all outside and trying to organize it all back inside, this was last done quite awhile ago. I just can’t imagine where this “stuff” will all go, not to mention that I DON’T WANT TO DO IT.
The suggestion for the shop move was Paul’s. He thinks we should move the operation out of the basement once the hull is completed which is expected later this week. Paul feels that the moving the boat will be simpler and easier before they add the cuddy cabin and all the remaining weight, though he still reassures me that even with cabin, it will fit out the small basement doorway. Hmmm, I know Paul would love to have an excuse to get me cleaning the garage.
Alan wants to stay in the basement. It’s comfortable, heated, and they’ve created a good organized workshop there. I don’t think Alan wants to see the building momentum lost with this move. He goes back to school next Tuesday night, so luckily he wouldn’t even be part of the BIG DIG. Alan has always promised he’ll recruit everyone he knows to help move the boat when it’s done. This will not be a small effort, as our basement overlooks a big downhill, and getting the boat to the front yard and driveway means climbing up a hill, and likely taking down some fencing and a gate. And it’ll weight about 650 lbs with a pretty unwieldy size.
Saturday, January 05, 2008
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
It would have been a perfect day for playing had it been summer, but the few of us who actually showed for the New Years Day paddle agreed it would be cold, wet, and miserable. If it's not fun, why do it! So with promises for a near future paddle, we all left with hugs, and kisses, and wishes for a happy New Year.