Monday, September 29, 2014
My brother, Jeremy, and I were out of town in the Adirondacks last weekend when they held the annual end to end challenge on Lake Chautauqua, so today we set out with our friend, mike, to do it on our own. We had perfect conditions. We were driving through heavy fog on our way to the lake, but most of it had burned off by the time we got on the water. We wanted to be on the water by 9:30am, but we didn't quite make it, but we did make it on the water by 9:50. We set a brisk pace, as we had decided this would be the express edition of the end to end challenge. I was paddling a 14 foot rec boat, and the two guys were paddling 17 foot sea kayaks. Kind of a mismatch. But I not only kept up, I challenged them. We paddled 17 miles in 4:20. We stopped for water breaks a few times and once to eat something, but our breaks only totaled about 20 minutes. (No potty breaks!) That means we really paddled it in about 4 hours even. That is faster than a 4mph pace. Not bad for a rec boat! I am a beast! Jeremy says that he thinks I am a stronger paddler than him over distance. If I were in a faster boat I would probably beat him. That is really saying something because he is a big guy with tons of upper body strength. Last weekend when they paddled it they took about 6 hours, but that included an hour break for lunch. Still, we shaved an hour off their time. The only issue I had with the conditions was the staggering algae bloom in the water. It was like paddling through pea soup. Yuck! Definitely didn't want to capsize today. Ewwww.
We stopped for a big breakfast on our way to the lake this morning, and I ate a Clif Bar on the water, but by the time we landed in Celeron I was shaking from low blood sugar. So I ate another Clif Bar and had a Maple candy. We stopped for a burger and fries on our way home and that helped too. And when we got back to the farm mom force fed us dark chocolate. (Not that I am complaining about chocolate!)
Cooper was extremely excited to see me. He didn't even bark at Jeremy because Cooper was so focused on greeting me... and he always barks at Jeremy. I just back from a 2.5 mile walk with him. I am going to have a snack then go out for a short run. I am tired, but my legs need a workout too. It will probably be a very short run... maybe more of a waddle.
I have a feeling I should overeat a little tonight, or I will wake up at 4am starving and eat junk. I do that when I burn over 5,000 calories in a day, and I am near that now. (Probably be well over by the time I get back from my run.)
After my run (and sucking down large quantities of water), I am going to curl up in the recliner with the dog and read for a couple of hours to decompress. And I might have a beer. I think I earned one today!