By the end of the paddle board session I thought that my arms were going to fall off. The excitement of learning to surf on a paddle board and wanting to be out on the water kept my arms moving but they were extremely tired at the end of a session with Gilad in Venice. This is the beginning of a journey. This was journey toward a new way to workout, a lifestyle and an addition to my love of all things ocean.
Gilad was a seasoned pro at stand up paddling. I watched his technique carefully as I took in the clear Tuesday October morning with crisp outline of Catalina Island as a backdrop. We filmed some awesome GoPro footage of our time being one with the beautiful water surroundings. My pace with the paddle strokes became consistent and Gilad encouraged me to keep a continuous “plane”, where you feel the connected and contant pace with the ocean. It’s a difficult pace to find, easy to lose and precious for the few minutes that you can maintain the rhythm. Then we decided to try and catch some of the small swell that was rhythmically flowing below our boards….
This is when all the nature chakras become misaligned and you want to punch the ocean in the face. I felt myself shuffling awkwardly along the board as I tried to aggressively paddle to catch an oncoming wave. Screw form…I need speed. In a frantic furry to catch the wave I lost my balance and took another plunge into the surprisingly warm October ocean. I watched as Gilad caught wave after wave and I kept missing waves, losing my balance and finding myself off the board again. It was fun to be challenged in a new way and after finally anticipating a wave and having just the right momentum I caught the wave and rode it to the shore! This was a brand new challenge and I found myself ready for more.
After the session I felt excited and exhausted. My stress was washed away by the many wipeouts in the ocean and my arms are the kind of sore where you are reminded of the session while reaching for a glass in the kitchen. Gilad was energetic as ever talking about what a great workout we just had but mostly it was a happy Tuesday adventure.
Can’t wait until the next session. Though my body needs a little time to recover…