The calendar year is a year of two halves, where one is dominated by paddling and the other six months are palpably not.
You see, for us paddlers the sport is all-consuming. When the season is on, you eat, sleep, breathe and virtually live in the canoe. When you aren’t in it, you’re talking about it, nursing sore muscles and completely swept up in the paddling scene.
When the season ends, there is a big void to fill. Some take up one-man paddling, others turn to surfing and I’m pretty sure all of us manage to stay in the water one way or another.
In one respect, it’s good to have a break but you really miss those workouts. And those constant early mornings you swore you hated, well… you start to miss them. Just a little bit.
I’m so glad I took up surfing around the same time I started to paddle, I don’t know what I’d do with no water time and nothing to keep my shoulders in a semi-permanent state of ache.
On a completely unrelated note, it’s great to see that this blog has stormed past the 15,000 views that I was targeting by the end of 2012. I thank all of you for continuing to visit the site and of course, to all the accidental people who stumble across it, I hope you have a read while you’re here.
It’s funny to see which countries represent the largest amount of readers. The USA and UK are well up there in the leading spots but more surprisingly it’s funny to see visitors from further afield; Peru, Turkey, Germany and the Netherlands, weighing in with a lot of readers this year. Iraq, Zimbabwe and Azerbaijan, I can only assume they were lost… but you never know.
Thanks again for coming back to the blog, I really do appreciate it and I’m thinking I should update more…
Until next time, Laura