Thursday, February 4, 2010
I Feel Good!
If you're a regular visitor then you're probably tired of hearing about my fitness goals. I'm not. Progress is really being made and I feel really good. I feel so good that I had to share what happened yesterday.
I invited a coworker to surf in the morning at a fairly mellow break, but churny since that's how the coast is in SoCal during the winter. My invitee is a guy that's just a few years younger than I am, that surfs fairly regularly, and always on a shortboard. Although I'm taller and have a longer "wingspan" I was a little worried about being out-paddled. I didn't want to have to work my rear off to get out in position while he was already out there and then have to take extra time to catch my breath.
Guess what! I kept up just fine and never got so winded that I had to take a long break!
Granted, we weren't speed-paddling or catching sets every 3 minutes but it felt great to keep up! I even had my shortboard! (For those of you not familiar, a shortboard generally requires more energy to paddle than a longboard.) And no, you cynical ones, he wasn't "letting" me keep up because I could not only see him putting everything in it but he was a little out of breath too.
The session itself was interesting. We paddled out into chest-high sets and watched them diminish into knee-high slow rollers. I caught probably the best one of the day, hesitated like a goofball, and went over the falls. DOH! My buddy did catch one okay ride but we spent the rest of the 60 or so minutes trying to get in the right position and then riding the whitewash in to the shore. It's still an excellent way to start the day.
I'm so stoked that my Twitter bud @kokogirl got the TTUC (Twitter Trim Up Challenge) started. For me, even though I am already a very motivated person, it's true that having a group to be accountable to and clear goals makes a huge difference. I should be awesome by the time the next surf contest rolls around in the summer. Now, to get my golf swing in shape!