Dave The Kayaker

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


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Last heavy week before tapering off (I really mean it this time)

I’ve made the decision that I want to go rather heavy in the gym for one last week before tapering off the next 2 weeks in preparation for the James River Rundown.

After long days of rather sedentary work, I just find the gym a sanctuary and a place to recharge and reboot, physically and mentally.  Backing off is going to be a challenging endeavor.

But my legs are still trying to recover from that Doosie on Saturday, so maybe I’ll crush them one last time to make it mentally and physically easier to back off for a while.

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Clean The Bay Day

I was glad to join some other local paddlers this morning to help pick up trash on and around our local reservoir as part of “Clean The Bay Day.”  Our South Rivanna Reservoir, fed by the Mechums River, is part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, and this morning we had cleanup volunteers on both water and land.

We pulled out bottles, foam containers, fishing line and a few lures but overall were quite pleased at the low amount of litter on our reservoir.

It was a nice change of pace and it was great to see fellow paddlers show up to help pick up trash.

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Moving on from ‘Let’s Move’

I’d like to take a moment to direct your attention to an article in today’s Washington Examiner, “Moving on from ‘Let’s Move,’” penned by my fitness trainer, Vinnie Tortorich.

I congratulate Vinnie on this accomplishment.

You see, in my real life, I am a marketing and branding guy with many outside interests which include kayaking and fitness.

When I began my exploration into fitness just a few short years ago, I found Vinnie and found his message to be compelling, simple to communicate in a way that cuts through the clutter and most importantly, truthful.  As a communicator and marketer, Vinnie nailed it.

He was the one who summarized proper diet and eating habits in the simple terms, “No sugars, No grains.”  He wasn’t trying to sell his own line of diet food or diet plan.  No, he was simply trying to get out a message to help people improve their health and their lives.

I’m happy to help him get that message out because I believe it is critically important.

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James River Rundown practice run

If you would have told me a few years ago that I would paddle an ultra-marathon in a kayak I would have told you you were crazy.

If you would have told me that I’d paddle an ultra as a training run I would have just laughed uncontrollably.

Yet here we are.

Paddling Buddy Dave and I got on the river at 7am this morning to paddle the full length of the Rivanna River and then 10 miles of the James River from Columbia, VA to Cartersville.

We’ve gotten a lot of rain in the past couple days and the rivers were very high, so we kept our eye on the gauges and visually inspected the rivers to make sure we would be paddling within our skill level and not putting ourselves in any danger.  The levels dropped overnight on Friday, just as expected, so we had a “green light” for a day of paddling.

As we shuttled vehicles Friday night I guestimated it would take us between 8 and 9 hours based on our projected river flows.

55 miles, 8 hours and 8 minutes of paddling with ~30 minutes of rest/eating/water-replenishing later, and we completed our mission.

We are tired and sore.

At one point on the river the only thought that came into my mind were the song lyrics, “I focus on the pain, the only thing that’s real.”

The last 7 miles of the Rivanna seemed slow and boring and my back was shot by the time we hit the James so I just did what I had to do to get it over with.

Paddling Buddy Dave showed no signs of fatigue on the water and I continue to hold him in highest regard as an absolute paddling beast.

The Pyranha Octane and Epic V7 seemed very evenly matched and any advantage of one over the other seemed purely attributable to the paddler.

Nutrition for me was water with BCAA’s, almonds, Pistachios, beef jerkey, and two Epic bars.