Dave The Kayaker

Kayaking, musings, and my mid-life fitness journey. DaveTheKayaker


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Exercise for the day

After tweaking my right knee a little bit last week in the gym doing barbell squats, I decided to get back on the bike after work today for leg day for 14 relatively easy miles.

That completes a good fitness day: bench press and neutral grip lat pull downs at lunch time and a good bike ride on a relatively cool evening after work.

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I would be remiss if I did not congratulate Casey Eichfeld on his finals C1 run today at the Rio Olympics.  He had a very impressive run, but unfortunately came up a little short of a medal in a field of paddlers who were absolutely off-the-hook good at dancing on the water.

Great job, Casey!  We’re unbelievably proud of you!!


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Last Saturday

As feared, the water levels were very high last Saturday on the Tye River, forcing the race organizers to postpone or cancel the Nelson Downriver Race.

It was a disappointment.

But I used the morning to take advantage of the high, local water on the Rivanna River and took my whitewater play boat down river and tested out a new helmet cam.

Tomorrow morning I’ll be racing in a kayak on the same section of river.

See you there.


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Whitewater kayaking

Somewhere around 2010 I also decided to expand my horizons and take up whitewater kayaking.  A little bit late in life, maybe, but I always wanted to do whitewater in a kayak because when I was younger and did Class III-IV whitewater in a raft I thought the kayak guys were having more fun.

So I picked up a used playboat, a Necky Jive, on ebay and took rolling classes at the University of Virginia to learn how to roll.

Here I was a couple months later when I went back to the pool to practice my new skills.