Wednesday, 12 March 2014

An honest truth

I love doing nothing I love it so much that I can lay in bed wishing I was doing less, but I also love being on the brink of failure of struggling and of having to desperately fight to just hold on.   This juxtaposition causes many problems for me not least of all when it comes to training. To complete my trip I need to hit about 26 miles a day. .. any less will result in failure and any more will help factor in the inevitable weather days or a rest day. Doing a 26 mile day once is quite straightforward,  you embrace the discomfort and get your head down but doing at least this for 30 seems herculean. ... I genuinely at this point have to up my fitness considerably.  My trip will be done alone but my journey there is gonna take some support I reckon!   Send me messages, tweets and donations to ensure I succeed where I could easily stay in bed.
Simon xxx

Monday, 10 March 2014

A cheeky 12 today

Today was a meant to be a 20 mile day, but due to wind and swell I shortened it on the fly. It ended as a 12 miler. I have heard so many comments about Greenland paddles both good bad and arguably at times ill informed, I honestly cant fault them I guess time will tell, but today I punched out through 3-4ft westward ho. A beach with a notoriously long paddle out, and it wasnt even a thought that my paddles were different to my normal ainsworths, they really are very intuitive. Even making little corrections as I flirted with heavy thundering surf on the infamous bideford bar wasnt an issue, I then cruised up the torridge estuary swinging between any buoys I could find, and yet again my 225cm Anglesey Stick was fine, over a few hours I averaged 3mph and maxed at 7mph this will get quicker as my core strengthens, ultimately the sun was out and the paddling was great, just a horrid portage at the end, I wont leave my trolley behind again!

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Greenland Paddles

Thank you so much to Anglesey Stick for the most beautiful paddles I've ever owned these are 225cm western red cedar Greenland paddles I'm hoping to use these on the trip.  So far the swing weight feels perfect.