On Swimming....

Thursday, December 15, 2005

There was a lot of talk last night at dinner about swimming. My "Welcome to Rock Island Ride" yesterday was the subject of much cheering and awe! The people who saw it couldn't believe I hung on that long, and the people who weren't, couldn't belive that I didn't swim. The hole face-surfed me for a while and then proceeded to spin me around and around for about 45 seconds! Whenever I felt air on my face I would take in a huge gulp of air and then prepare for more thrashing. Stephen thinks I was windowshaded about 6 times before I finally flushed. I have figured out how to get myself back upright when getting worked, but usually don't have time to balance myself before the hole lays the smackdown on me again. After this ride though, I slowly started to feel pretty bad, I felt tightness in my ribcage, like heartburn but lower. I imagine it was mostly due to me taking in huge gulps of air. For a while I was keeled over on the edge of the river, and it definately got worse before it got better.

My last swim was in August when I had my paddle ripped out of my hands while getting worked in Left-Side on the Ottawa River. Before that, I swam in June. I was then informed by Stephen that the time I was ferrying across to the Lorne take-out with no skirt on and took on water counted as a swim. So... this year I swam 4 times. Once on the Madawaska where I flipped, froze, tried to roll and failed. That was in March. The water is WAY too cold then. Once in June, once with no skirt on, and once in August. My claim to fame is that I did not swim on the Lower Gauley with a head concussion. lol

Which probably means there is no reason for me to swim anywhere else. Especially since I have a combat roll and a good handroll.

Stephen has been paddling 8 years and has only swam twice. Makes me sick. :-D

Surfing Inner City Strife again!

Sunday, November 20, 2005

I took two of the keeners down with me this time, Nick and Joel. We met up with Stephen, Jeremy and Todd in Watertown for two days of big wave fun!!! I was sick on Thursday and Friday with a cold, and then Friday night Stephen caught some sort of stomach flu and spent the night in and out of the cabin that Tommy Gunn graciously put us up in for the weekend. What a great guy!

Stephen didn't paddle on Saturday, but the rest of us did. Matt came down from Ottawa also and met up with us. Then Sunday morning Jeremy woke up feeling like crap. I got some good rides, and as soon as Stephen pulled out the camera, I was able to consistently miss the wave like 4 times in a row, even though I had caught it every time up until then!! Inner City was packed on Sunday!! A bunch of folks came down from Montreal, and a bunch up from Rochester, not including Rob who drove up to meet us from New Hampshire, Jamie who came from... well I'm not sure where he came from, but it wasn't around here. Jeremy from Pennsylvania, and of course Stephen who was the h-coreiest person and flew up from Tennessee!

Eventually I was back in my game and got 2 awesome rides in a row, did some spins and decided to call it a day. Even though it was the second last weekend of November, the sun was shining and it was relatively warm. I only got one ice-cream headache!!!
There are some awesome pics, but I have to wait until Stephen has Internet back in Rock Island to post them.

Now I'm back in Ottawa, back in school mode. Less than two weeks until I will be in the tropics of Tennessee!!

Here is a link to Stephen's article: http://www.jacksonkayak.com/jkstories05/story.cfm?article=200511211

Moosefest '05 Weekend

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

I am going to write an article for my kayaking club on this one. I drove down Thursday night and met up with Stephen, Jeremy and Corey in Rome, NY. We checked out a couple of rivers on Friday, and the guys decided to run the Independence River. There was an awesome drop so I hiked up to it with Stephen's new camera, and waited for the guys to arrive from upstream. I waited for about an hour and a half, when I heard Stephen's whistle from downstream.. WTF?? Turns out they went up and got on the wrong river and paddled Otter Creek by accident!
Stephen and I hung out at Malloy's in Old Forge giving away free beer, food and Jackson paraphernalia. Later in the evening we went to Matt & Pyranha's party at another bar where they were enjoying a pimp & ho theme. I put on a Mrs. Claus outfit and went as a "ho ho ho"! It was a lot of fun!

Me and Corey at the Independence Take-out

Saturday we drove up to Watertown, NY where this mythical wave was supposed to have come in with high water. It is called "Inner-city Strife" and it was huge and awesome!! I was a little intimidated at first, as it was my first time back in a kayak since the Gauley River tragedy. I practiced a few rolls, and with the help of the guys who offered to spot me, started feeling comfortable again! We surfed all day Saturday, drove back to Old Forge Saturday night where Stephen worked talking to people about Jackson Kayaks at the festival and I took pictures and chatted with folks.

Me and Bryon Dorr sharing the third wave

Me hanging on, learning to surf Inner City

Sunday, "Big-Air Stephen" HAD to go back to Inner-City Strife and I wasn't about to complain, so we had an awesome breakfast at the Muffin Patch in Old Forge, stopped to pick up a NY gazeteer for Stephen and drove up to Watertown. We spent the whole day surfing the wave, decided to stay another day instead of go to Ottawa right away, so the four of us got the most "Kayaker-Friendly" hotel room in upstate NY. (Yes, I spent the whole weekend sharing a hotel room with three dudes... I am such a stud!)

Stephen feeling the strife

My fav pic of the weekend, maybe I could be a pro photographer!

In the morning I drove back to Ottawa to go to school, while the guys surfed a third day on the Black River. Corey and Stephen arrived in Ottawa around 6:30pm and after hooking them up with wireless Internet, we went to Outback for a HUGE dinner. I had early morning classes on Tuesday, and once class was over we drove an hour west to the Ottawa River and surfed Garberator until the sun went down.

What a great weekend! Life is Good!

Here are the links to Stephen's articles: