Wednesday August 20th 2014
All paddling is good paddling, but different kinds of boats need to be paddled in different ways. Recreational paddling often involves some j-strokes and steering strokes behind a paddler's hip. However, in marathon where the main goal is going fast and the boats are lighter, it pays to keep your strokes up front and minimize the drag of paddling behind you. Lighter, up-front strokes keep a light marathon boat moving, without being as muscular or tiring as deep strokes that pull way back.
Many of the marathon tips are similar to those we covered when we talked about keeping the boat light a few weeks back: