If you look, you can see that the blade of my paddle doesn’t go all the way into the water. I need to work on my catch. I also think I need to get my paddle more vertical. I’m dropping my head too much. My right hand isn’t opening on the forward rotation. There’s always something to work on.
On the other hand, my rotation is definitely getting better.
Today was the second BayCreek Wednesday night time trial of the season. There was a bit of a wind on the bay, which kicked up a tiny bit of wave activity. Not much, but enough to slow things down a bit. Plus I was the first starter, so I didn’t have a rabbit or a wake to ride. Lots of people lost a few seconds, and I dropped from 19:08 last week to 19:12 this week. I lost 2 seconds on the first half in the bay, and 3 seconds on the second half in the creek, and my heart rate was about 3 bpm higher on both halves.
Paul D says that they recorded his time wrong last week, and was probably a lot faster than the 19.40 they recorded. This week, I barely edged him out as he was 19:14, so we’re still on a fairly even basis. It still astounds me how close I am to some of the other team members’ times – I still think of myself as being sort of a “B+ team” member, but really when you look at those times, I belong there.
It was great to see so many people there, including a couple of people who had never even paddled before, and I went out of my way to be friendly to all the new comers. I know the friendship of others is one of the reasons I kept coming back even when my kayak was broken.