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.

Zen & Calm

I spend a large part of my time in grad school working on group projects. It’s the nature of the program and I’ve had relatively fantastic partners. Most grad school students are pretty motivated and when the classes are taught online or in a blended (online + classroom), the learners are usually super motivated.

Usually in the lead up to a group presentation being due, I stress out. Stay up late for nights on end prior to the due date. Eat poorly. Shun the gym. Basically, I become a hermit whose sole focus is on knocking the project out of the park.

Not this time.

I’m still stressing out, but I refuse to do the other things I usually do. I think the difference is that I believe my partner is just as stressed out (if not more so) as I am. She’s also super-motivated and works full-time with two young children. I’ve taken the role of calm, zen worker bee this time. I like it. We’ll see how the presentation goes tomorrow, though. I may regret this come grade time. (ETA on 11/11/2010) We go an “A” on the assignment. I was very pleased.

Seasonal Change

The seasonal change means a change in my activities, my schedule, and my mindset.

Now that the days are slowly getting shorter and cooler, I can’t go kayaking anymore. I’ve enjoyed being on the water so much this summer and look forward to May 2011 when I can get back out there. This time of year also means an end to bicycling in the sun and sitting by the pool; I did a lot of the former this summer and not so much of the latter this year.

Another thing I didn’t do this summer was run. Sure, I went on a few runs here and there, but I didn’t run like I did last summer (2009) when I was training for the Army Ten-Miler. Since I’m not running the ATM this year, I decided to start my running on November 1 and I’ll run some this winter (which I really enjoy doing). I’m going to run the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile next year and will start training for reals for it around the first of the year.

Also, as I mentioned in my last post, school started last month. Expect my already sporadic posting schedule to get even more sporadic. I enjoy school (and am quite good at it), but it does eat up a lot of my time.

I also have to be careful this time of year to not get so angry with everyone. Just because the weather is darker and grayer, doesn’t mean that I have to be darker and grayer too. Plenty of sleep. Lots of hours in the gym. Lots of hugs by family and friends. These things get me through this time of year.

What is changing for you as the summer shifts into fall?