I am not making any announcements, but my friendly UPS delivery man dropped off a new book from Amazon so I can now begin some “research.” I’m looking forward to reading it and when I’m done I’ll post a review.
Missouri River 340 by the Jacksons
I also happened across an interesting article, “Technique: Does Wash-riding Help?” that discusses drafting or wash riding behind another kayaker.
We seem to instinctively know this is a more efficient way to paddle, but Brett McDonald found a way to quantify the gains in efficiency by monitoring his heart rate at two different positions behind the lead boat and while he himself was the lead boat.
It is a short yet interesting read, but this one figure from the article summarizes it perfectly.