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

@melissachess

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.

#KayakingIsFun

The friend that is learning how to whitewater kayak with me and I have started using the Twitter tag of #kayakingisfun to talk about our kayaking adventures; it’s fun to see what we say from week to week.

One of the girls at the social last night brought her video camera and shared a few of the videos she took with us. Here’s the set of three. I know I’m in the first one and you can see me in the background of the second one. I’m the person wearing the dark orange/reddish helmet with bare arms. The Potomac was really low yesterday, but we had a good time. I chuckled as I remembered how hard paddling seemed six weeks ago compared to now. Now I feel like I’m gliding effortlessly through the water.

Kayaking is fun.