Unfortunately after 100m the PF was back, and by 3km it was excruciating.
However, I had a plan. With the air and water temperatures around 5 degrees, I took off my neoprene socks to paddle bare-foot. I reckoned, wet or dry, my feet will freeze fairly quickly, and if I can’t feel my feet, I won’t feel the pain. (Don’t try this at home kids!)
Bingo! It worked a dream and I managed to get another 12km done. Unfortunately, once ashore, my feet started to thaw and the pain returned.
Oh well, back to the prone board.