Monday, July 28, 2008

Can You Canoe?

In the category of "good though not exactly triathlon-specific upper body training," here's a view across the bow of the 18' canoe my father and I built 25 years ago from strips of red cedar.  It's a little worse for the wear, but still the best-paddling canoe ever.  The Kootenay stem (example shown in the photo below from a canoe-building web site...) helps lengthen the waterline and makes for straighter tracking. Nice.

I find that an hour of paddling relaxes and recharges muscles made tired by swimming.  

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