Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Old dog...

...New tricks?

A couple of interesting bits going on this week. One, I turned 29. Not astounding in itself, birthdays happen every year, but anyway.

This year marks my 20th year of kayaking, believe it or not. Definitely an Old Dog, then, in paddling terms. So for some new tricks! Monday night at the LUUCC session, Jon Fuller (King of the Wave) was teaching me - or trying to, anyway - to cartwheel.

A lifetime of big boats with no pronounced edges has made me quite lazy with my edge control and 'body english' when I'm boating, so the idea is that some playboating, as much as I profess to hate it, will work on that propriaception and skill set, and hopefully improve my paddling. I realise some time ago that I've got some bad habits that get me into trouble every now and again, so I'm looking at this year as a chance to work on them.

And hey, if all else fails, at least I'll provide some amusement for everyone else as I gurn around and fall over a lot.



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