It’s time for the first installment of what I think will be a recurring theme of this blog.
Welcome to installment #1 of “Random Thoughts from my Kayak.”
I headed out this afternoon in my Nelo 510 to get in my first paddling miles of November. The weather was a chilly 45 degrees F but it was a sunny day with no wind. I wore my 1/2 wetsuit and it was plenty good but at the end of my paddle when the sun went down behind the trees, my feet and fingers got chilly.
Now on to my random thoughts:
- The Nelo 510 is not a good Fall/Winter training boat for flat water. In fact, no ski really is. The nature of the beast is you will always get water in the bucket area of a ski and once the feet and the butt get wet and cold, things become a bit uncomfortable. Add to that the fact that the bow of the Nelo 510 collects leaves like a Hoover vacuum cleaner and you’ve got a recipe for a less-than-optimum Fall workout. While the water display on the front of the boat when a leaf gets stuck is quite spectacular, akin to the fountains at the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas, the excitement wears off quickly once you realize how much the dazzling water display is costing you in terms of speed and efficiency. I perfected a technique of quickly slamming my torso straight back while pulling on my legs to lift the bow out of the water to clear leaves, but that saps additional energy. Therefore…
- There will always be room in the quiver of boats for a fully decked kayak for winter training. I’ll be back in my Thunderbolt-X and Cobra Viper for the rest of the winter. I like keeping my feet and butt dry and they seem to collect less leaves because their bows are much sharper.
- I tested out a new fitness watch that a company sent me for free in exchange for a review. The iWownFit P1 has built-in GPS and actually counts paddle strokes as steps! A full review of that watch will be forthcoming, but it appears to be a credible offering for kayaking.
- I wore the Amazfit Bip fitness tracker on my right wrist. Its GPS locks onto satellites quicker than the iWownFit and strangely, it counted paddle strokes as steps on my right wrist when it did not count them as strokes previously on my left wrist. Strange.
GPS tracks from the iWownFit P1 and the Amazfit Bip
5. Spotting an American Bald Eagle is always exciting. Always.