Saturday, August 19, 2017
Magothy River, MD
Around Dobbins Island and back
- Distance: 6.52 miles
- Time: 1:31:22
- Avg. Pace: 14 min/mi
- Conditions: Light chop, wind 6mph from the West
- Board: Riviera Voyager 12’6″ x 32″
- Paddle: Werner Grand Prix 86
This morning I woke up and jumped out of bed. I’d like to say it’s because I was excited to get out on the water. Really it’s because my two oldest daughters were fighting over something. You’ve got to love waking up to the sound of shrieking children.
I wanted to do a longer paddle this morning. I recently set a goal to do a 6+ mile paddle every couple of weeks so that I can begin building up to longer distances. (My usual morning paddles are around 3 miles). Dobbins Island is about 6.5 miles round trip, so that’s a good course for me.
I started off feeling sluggish. Friday night pizza and beer really saps your energy for the Saturday morning workout. I knew I just needed to push through. The wind was at my back on the way out, which helped me ease into the workout without having to push too hard at the start. Then as I rounded the island, I was hit with the wind right in my face. Immediately things felt harder, but it’s good practice to train in all conditions—chop, wind, etc. I keep telling myself it’ll make me a better paddler.
Sometimes when I’m headed upwind, I try to imagine that instead of getting pushed backward, the wind in my face is because of my speed. You know, like when you stick your head out of a car window. It helps psychologically even if I’m not really moving faster.
Anyway, it was a good workout, and I recorded my fastest time for this distance. I use the Runkeeper app on my phone to track my workouts. It’s easy to use and lets me record distance, average speed, and my splits for each mile. One thing I like about the app is that it updates you every few minutes and tells you distance traveled and current speed. That helps me know if I’m dragging or maintaining my pace. You can see in the image above that my speed decreased toward the end of the workout, then picks back up as I start to push hard at the end.