Kayak Take Two

What great fun! I was on the water just after 1pm. I jumped in before I climbed into the boat. The water is nice. Very nice. Slightly cool.

So I got to practice some skills. Reverse paddling. Self-rescues. Bracing. No skeg. And Paddle Float rolls. About 20 of them and 5 rolls.

After that it was a paddle to Beveridges Lock, Stonehouse Island and back to Rideau Ferry. I spent 3 hours on the water today. It was interesting to watch the weather front slowly move in. The rain held off so the visibility was still excellent.

Finally, the arrival of rain.

Splish Splash

Kayaking is on my mind. I was on/in the water for two hours. I also spent two hours this past Friday and four hours on Saturday. I took Sunday off. I am working on: rolling, bracing, stern and bow rudders, paddling backwards, etc.
I do not use the stern any more. Sarah advised me to do that and I have maintained that habit since she spoke of it.

My rolling program right now entails me doing a number of paddle float rolls. Like 10 or 20 followed by two attempts at a roll without the float. I will do five float rolls followed by 1 roll attempt. That means I will do twenty float rolls and four rolls. I’ll add an extra roll in there to make it an even five.
The paddle float rolls slow down the speed slightly. But that is good because that is time to think and observe.

The hip flick needs improvement. I am not relaxed. I need to relax when I droop my head to the lower right/back. Must ensure the head stays down and to the right. That is where I am at, again. It is going to happen. The New 5+1 Plan is going to slowly raise my success rate.

I did venture into Big Rideau Lake. I went west of the buoy. I did a number of paddle float rolls there. I did not attempt any rolls because the water was choppy, fast. I cannot see the rolls because underwater my vision is severely curtailed. That is a good learning environment.
I could use the contacts and a mask if need be. But I would prefer not to.

It was a fantastic evening. I like boats. The water is at a comfortable temperature right now.

Tomorrow I will go early. Work on hip flicks.

Today Is Fantastic!

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There is no shortcut to life. To the end of our days, life is a lesson imperfectly learned.
–Harrison E. Salisbury

Harrison E. Salisbury was a war reporter from the Second World War. He was an American. In the Viet Nam war he provided evidence that U.S. bombing was murdering thousands of Vietnamese civilians. The Johnson administration had assured the world that they were only permitting “surgical strikes” when performing bombing operations. Harrison E. Salisbury exposed Johnson’s lie. No doubt he paid a price of some sort. Salisbury also received a Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting.

Of course today is fantastic! I will not allow it to be any less than that.

So I will get to the point! This morning’s breakfast was a smoothie. It was delicious and why wouldn’t it be?

It consisted of: One cup of coconut milk, 1/2 a cup of water, one banana, one avocado, 1/2 cup of cantaloupe, 1/2 cup of honeydew melon, and a sprinkling of dried cranberries and raisins. It yielded four cups of breakfast.

You can see a photo of it at http://www.flickr.com. My moniker is “phototrain”.

The move has been going slower than I would have liked. I allowed myself some distraction last week. Then by the end of the week my occasional winter back issue’s visited me. Then for the last two or three days we had pouring rain. Now it is back to sunny, freezing weather. Perfect for finishing the move.

Today is a good day. The photo will soon be posted. I am writing. A good chunk of the move will occur today Saturday and Sunday. Spanish will be studied everyday as well. If I do those three things every day; photo’s, write and Spanish, that will satisfy.

Have a wonderful day. I will too. Learning about image posting.


You Can Do It!

So I was out of the house this morning at 0445. I beat the rain. I walked a 1k warmup and then ran 3.77K in 27:25 for 07:17/Km. Calories 332.

Then I did a 1K cool down walk and got home around 0545. I drank two glasses of water with whey protein. Cooled off and then had another shower before going to my 90 minute Spanish lesson for 0700.

It felt so good running, especially once I got past the 15 minute mark. I enjoyed the cadence, the rhythmic breathing and the sound of the feet.

Sitting at home slowly sipping the water just thinking about nothing. No thinking allowed. Lol!

Spanish was good as always but it is never enough so I need to work at it more. Silvia es una profesora excelente.

Back home and not eating. I am fasting today and the house is full of delicious food. It has been so long since I fasted that I am having to focus, to be disciplined.

I am at a coffee shop avoiding my fridge. Yes there are treats to be had here but I am able to control myself. Coutts Coffee Co is closing at 1600 so I’ll go up to McDonalds and use the wi-fi there.

It is still pouring rain. I was happy to get up early and avoid the rain. I did see a man jogging this afternoon in the downpour. of a good part of the day the rain has been intense. We may get up to 40 mm. It is a good thing though because it is melting a lot of the snow and ice from the streets and sidewalks. However,tonight the temperature is going to drop significantly, so I may be jogging with ice cleats tomorrow.

I am pleased that I chose to run the 5K on Jan. 17. The weather at this time of year is always a wild card. We get what we get. It’s all part of the journey.

This New Day

What a wonderful day it is! The weather has turned mild and damp, which is okay for me. I was out the door by 0700 for my run. This is my second run in two days after not running since November 24, 2015 and the run before that on September 16/15.

Today I will also go to the gym and start strength training again. Just in case any of us are wondering I have not made any “resolutions”.

What I did do was make a commitment to run. However, I wanted my commitment to have the strength of action to give it some backbone, to make it real. So I joined a running community. I have a track record of finding communities to join that are in line with my goals, character set and value base. I joined Ottawa Run Club. This not for profit organization is financially responsible. They promote a number of local events and in addition they have two big events that they conduct. I believe one of the out of area events may be a trip to the Philadelphia Marathon. The run club will help me improve as a runner.

In addition to that I have registered for three regional run events. The first one will be held on January 17, 2016 in Richmond, Ontario. I will run in the 5K event.

The second event I have registered for is the 10K event at the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend on Saturday, May 28, 2016. The Ottawa Race Weekend is a big deal. There are races on both days of the weekend. There is the marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K, and some other events as well. I am very excited because I have never run in a race yet so any organized race is a “biggie” for a newbie like me.

The third race I have registered for is the one that has been on my list the longest.It is the Perth’s World Record Kilt Run 2016 to be held on Saturday, June 25 & Sunday, June 26. Guinness World Record will be here for the race to verify the record as the worlds largest “Kilt Run”. To run in the race runners are required to wear a kilt. Also this year the Perth Kilt Run Weekend has been expanded to include a full marathon point to point run as well as a half marathon.

Another race that I plan on running in August will be the 15K Glenn Tay Block Race.

It is somewhat of an ambitious roster but it is long overdue. The goal, of course, is good health. So this past years learning to run is paying off now and I realize what I am physically capable of. I know that 1K sprints are not on the agenda. Strength training and a proper plan of regular running are the agenda, as witnessed by last years successes.

Thank you for reading my posts. I appreciate it a lot.



I Love Being Retired

Today is my 17 th day of being retired. I absolutely love it. Up until the last few days ago I was very busy. No job to go and relax or hide at any more! Lol! That is more than fine with me.

One of the things I am really enjoying is sleep. Not only am i sleeping longer at night, but I very rarely get up to pee any more. That is because I plan my fluid intake so there isn’t an interruption.
Also I usually have an afternoon nap.

It has become easier to relax without the presence of deadlines. I start my day with the list I wrote the night before but I am flexible as to when I perform the chores on my list. The choice is morning or afternoon.

Well, this is the end of my quick note. I’m busy! I’m retired now! Lol!
Write soon! Later! I’ll write about the three runs I’ve signed up for.

Some Times … Just A Little

So my time at home is over for today. I am off to work for 02:55 pm this afternoon so I am getting prepared. Still it has been a good day. An early start with a Spanish lesson at seven this morning. Eggs Benedict at The Cafe Hideaway. Some small chores around the house and a very much appreciated one hour sleep.

I am on my second cup of freshly ground Sumatran coffee and then I will jump in the shower and shave and go.

These words are goodness to me, a written therapy.

Adios, for now!