Saturday, 17 December 2011
Since the depths of winter I've been going to a weekly group paddling session whenever I can. The sessions are about 90 minutes long and are really great for improving speed as they are really interval training sessions of various lengths and of course in variable conditions (generally freezing in winter, windy in summer). Even more important than the actual training though has been the chance to meet some other paddlers who are around my speed and training for the same events. This morning (when another paddling plan sadly fell through due to injury) I went paddling with Ian, who lives miles away (by Hobart standards anyway) but was able to be convinced that a paddle from Kingston beach to Margate (16k) was a good plan (which it was as it turns out). Paddling with someone else is really good not just from the perspective of company but also for safety. Which isn't to say that I'm not ok by myself, but it's better with a paddling buddy.