Today I paddled for just over 4 hours and managed to knock out a little over 30km. I started off with shorts and bare feet, but 15 minutes into the paddle I had to put on my neoprene socks. Considering we are over half way through May, Loch Tay was still pretty chilly. Mind you, when I noticed the snow on the hills surrounding the loch I realised why!
It was a great wee paddle. I paddled into a headwind for 2 hours and 20 minutes and then paddled the same distance back, with a tailwind, and did that bit in 1 hour 40 minutes.
However, I’m still not happy with my speed in the water. It can’t be my board, as I have a fab Red Paddle Race 12½, and it can’t be my clothing, as I’m now fully wrapped up in my wonderful Palm kit. So, it only leaves one thing. It’s soooooo obvious!! I’m paddling in the wrong type of water!! Doh!
As part of my training for my big challenge this year, I will be doing a double Loch Tay on Sunday 14th June. That is a total of just under 50km. My target is to do it in around 8 hours. So, if you fancy joining me, please get in touch.