12 Things I Learned While Kayaking Over 270 miles

I highly recommend that everyone complete an adventure such as this in their life. If kayaking is not your thing, try a long walk.

  1. The course you set does not have to be the course you take. - Keep paddling!
  2. Have a ONE singular objective, make it important, never lose sight of it. - Keep paddling!
  3. Be open to alternatives and leave no opportunity unexplored - Keep paddling!
  4. You can figure the tide but not the weather – Plan well the things you can and be ready for the things you can't - Keep paddling!
  5. Sometimes the wind is gonna be against you - Keep paddling!
  6. Don't panic when the sea tries to swallow you, it makes things worse - Keep paddling!
  7. When you think you have given all you’ve' got, you have an untapped reserve - Keep paddling!
  8. Break down the long stretches by creating a series of waypoints - Keep paddling!
  9. When something breaks, you don't have to fix it perfect, all you need is seaworthy - Keep paddling!
  10. Until you visit the edges of your comfort zone, you have no idea where those edges are - Keep paddling!
  11. Get in the boat, even when you don't want to. Nothing is gonna happen until you get in the boat and then . . . Keep paddling!
  12. It is utterly amazing what you can accomplish when you Keep paddling!

I highly recommend that everyone complete an adventure such as this in their life. If kayaking is not your thing, try a long walk. Maybe the Appalachian Trail or perhaps the Camino de Santiago in France and Spain. What I can say is that I found it very cathartic to experience almost nine days where I had ONE SINGULAR OBJECTIVE. It may not have been easy but, it was simple. All I needed to do is get me and the boat safely from point A to point B. It may have been a long distance, I may have been plagued by wind and weather and currents but, the objective was clear and simple. Everybody should enjoy that level of simplicity coupled with a high level of difficulty. It is very liberating.  

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Renee September 21, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Wow,I love to kayak...I so admire your ambition and stamina. You make me feel lazy....Renee. East Hampton
Dr.Russ L'HommeDieu, DPT September 21, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Hi Renee! Thanks for posting a comment and thank you for your admiration. Please try not to feel lazy. I am hoping to help you feel inspired not lazy! Remember, I started out as a 400 pound man that could not even fit into a kayak. Frankly, I was always in awe of people that could run marathons. What I have come to realize is that I was able to accomplish this because I committed to it, planed it and trained for it. As it happened I ended up kayaking more than a marathon distance almost every day. Truth is, I am still amazed at people that can run over 26 miles. What impresses me now though is their commitment not some kind of innate running ability. I suppose that I will always be in awe of commitment. Keep kayaking! - Doc Russ


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