Wednesday May 6th 2015
We will kick-off the official start to the Marathon paddling season this Wednesday with our Mentor Led Wednesday night paddles. For all those interested, this is a structured paddling session intended for those who have some experience paddling canoes and are looking to improve their skills and perhaps get involved with racing. Newer paddlers will be paired with experienced paddlers who will provided feedback and guidance throughout the session. These session will also be led by a mentor paddler who will lead the group through some specific skill practice and paddling. These group paddles start at 6:30pm and usually last for about 1.5 hours. Meet at the boathouse a few minutes early if you can to help the mentors group everyone for the session.
This weeks' focus will introduce and review the mechanics of a good "catch" or blade entry into the water for an efficient marathon paddling stroke. Smashing down into the catch can make your boat bouncy and it limits your stroke rate. Slicing or ‘sneaking’ the blade in sideways keeps the boat running smoother and also allows for higher turnover. Try the side entry catch drill when you are sitting still. Keep your bottom hand in the same spot and move your top hand in and out. Think also about angling the blade forward so the catch gives you more reach (angling it back gives you less).