Kayaking Is Still Fun

As I said in yesterday’s post, I was anxious about attending the pool social session held last night. I had to give myself pep talks all day long to make myself go.

I’m glad I went.

Smell like chlorine. Feel like drowned rat. Got my roll back. Missed @. #kayakingisfun

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Melissa Coursey Hess

Two people were there getting personalized instruction. Another woman was there to practice and a bunch of tweens were there as part of their kids program. I practiced my roll a few times and ended up having bail TWICE. Very frustrating. I also felt exposed as there were lots of people in boats in a relatively small pool — definitely a little different from being on the Potomac. The head guy watched me struggle with my roll and gave me some refresher help; he reminded me that 90% of rolling a boat is mental. By the end of the session, I’d completed nine rolls and now have a goal of completing 11 the next time I go. I was definitely tired on my drive home last night, but it was nice to know that I can still roll a kayak.

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