Sandy: John and I paddled a canoe down the Russian River. For most of the ten miles it was pretty easy paddling. Most of the difficult navigation was around the throngs of people floating aimlessly in inner tubes, drinks in hand, powered by flutter kicks. The last mile was the most strenuous because we were going against the wind. The canoe paddle blade is not hand specific and is offset for right or left–hand use which worked for me since I alternated hands. When paddling, the idea is to move the boat through the water not move the water backwards which causes the boat to barely move; it’s known as blade paddle slippage. A person who moves their boat well through water uses a very efficient stroke technique by pressing against the largest amount of water possible for the shortest distance possible while accelerating the paddle as little as possible. Great core work out!
Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.