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STRANGE

Today my boat leaves my protection and is under the care of my friend who’s driving to TX, transporting not only his boat but two others for the CR100.  Here’s my boat, all “packaged”  on my car.  In a couple of hours I’ll drive all my gear and equipment for delivery to my friend’s house.  He starts a  long trip to Bastrop early tomorrow; the start of the race on Sept. 4.

It’s going to be very strange just hanging out the next week.  I begin my vacation next Tues., but don’t fly to Austin until Thurs. morning. No paddling; that’s strange.  No gear to clean or organize; that’s strange.  My bathroom totally uncluttered of drying gear; that’s strange.  No checking for wind advisories; that’s strange. In fact, I’m wondering what I’m going to do with myself this weekend and the first 2 days of vacation since my kayak and gear is all gone?  Very strange.

eat well, sleep well….paddle fast!  Training miles:  all done (strange)

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TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY

The mileage has started to wind down during the week.  This has afforded me time to think; oh yea, the race is 2 weeks away. Originally I’d planned to drive (1700+ miles one way), but now a friend is taking my boat and I’m flying into Austin Thurs. before the race.  That means I virtually have to be ALL organized by this upcoming Thurs. as that’s when Wayne is leaving with my boat. OMG!  I want everything I need for the race to go with him.  What if my bags get lost on the flight? A whole new level of worries. (-:  So I’m getting together all the clothes (not much as it’s almost guaranteed to be 100º), gear, mandatory equipment, and food so it’s ready to go.  I only have 4 more training paddles, one with a borrowed boat next Saturday as mine will be somewhere west of California.

One night this week I got the mandatory equipment list together, printed driving directions for my crew, and maps for each section of the river between checkpoints.

Then I spent time putting together all my supplements which I take each and every hour of the race.  While I’ve been training I’ve dialed in what and how I will eat; mostly liquid food with the occassional Clif Bar, gel, peanut butter pretzels, and fruit at the checkpoints. I will have gone as long as 9 hours under this regimen while training and hope it serves me well for the race.  I’m hoping to finish in 24 hours, but 32 is the official cut-off time.

Tomorrow Wayne and I are returning to the San Juaquin River, Two Rivers park to Dos Reis park, about a 22 mile route, down river. Thanks to Kate (my land crew at the race), again, for shuttling us back and forth; we’re going to run that route twice for a total day’s paddle of 44 miles.

So, now I’ve had my morning coffee and it’s time to go do a quick 5  miles, putting in at Redwood City.

Eat well, sleep well………..paddle fast. Training miles: hundreds


OUTFITTING

Here’s a post before my long, weekend paddle. I’m returning to the San Juaquin River tomorrow to paddle a new section, solo. Sixteen and-a-half miles down river; Two Rivers to Mossdale County Park.  My partner’s taking me back to the beginning, and I’ll be starting over for a total of 33 miles.  I want to continue training in rivers and I can’t even think about going against the current for that long of a time.  Even though last weekend was down river (43 miles), we were slowed by so many trees in the water.  I wanted to get a better feel for trying to keep a sort of, “race pace.”  I’m suppose to do more mileage, but next weekend will be 45 to 50, so I feel OK about taking it a little easy this weekend.

It’s starting to get exciting (and anxious; it’s friggin’ far).  A couple of people who read my blog sent me good wishes for the race.  Today I received a package in the mail from a friend; a nice T-shirt and some stickers.

Then this afternoon I started some preparations for my kayak.  I put     one inch letters to add my name to my boat.

And because I paddle for  all 28 million cancer survivors, I paddle for two special friends.  One  long-time friend has a sticker with her name on it.

eat well, sleep well………paddle fast!  Training miles: hundreds


BUSY

I’ve been trying to keep up with reading all your blogs but haven’t had the time to sit down and write in my own.  Besides a full work week, one weekend day is working in my daughter’s new house and the other is a very long paddle.  Well the housework is done and there’s only 2 weekends left of long paddles before the CR100.  I can’t believe it; race day is almost here.  One huge change is a friend, who’s also racing, is transporting my boat.  That means I don’t have to drive and can fly.

I haven’t even had time to add up my training mileage but have had a couple really long days since my last post.  Two weeks ago I went back to the San Juaquin River and put in 30 miles solo.  Let me tell you, it’s a long slog upriver!  Here’s a picture of my one and only land break at about 13 miles.

San Juaquin River

All and all it was a good day.  Had some heat training as it was 92º. One kneecap got very sunburned as my shorts had slid up and I didn’t notice it most the day. OUCH!  It just peeled today.  Mostly it was a great confidence booster as I knew I could still do more at the end of the day.  I have to admit though, it was pretty hard carrying my boat up the ramp to the car!

Yesterday Wayne and I ran the Stanislaus River from Oakdale to Two Rivers; 43 miles.  And all down current. Not a whole lot of water left this time of year, but we were able to average 5 mph.  We were mostly slowed by many, many, many logs and trees in the river.  I think I ran into (yes into, not over) about 5, and got stuck on one. The number of logs we paddled over is too many to remember.  We also had 3 sets of rapids; my first in a sea kayak.  Two of them were about a 3 foot drop and Wayne went over in the first one (he was on a surfski).  Here’s a picture of the Stanislaus in the morning a few miles after starting out.

Stanislaus River

The river looked pretty healthy.  Clear enough to see the bottom, though it was only 3-4 feet deep in most places.  Saw lots of wildlife, which is always a good sign……..turtles, river otters, blue herons, egrets, lots of fish, crawdads, and my first golden eagle (actually several).  And because it was the weekend, lots of humans at the riverside parks we passed by.  Personally I think they’ve become overpopulated, and probably should be relocated to a more remote location. (-:

eat well, sleep well………..paddle fast! Training miles: hundreds