As I mentioned in my July 4th weekend recap on Glenneth.com Tuesday, I went to the lake on the 4th of July. My cousins have a lake house and were kind enough to invite me over. One of my goals has been to try standup paddleboarding (last year I tried kayaking). Balance is definitely something I struggle with, but it looks like such fun. Come along with me as I show you how it went.
Dressed and ready to go!
First things first – life jacket on! I can swim, but better safe than sorry. I also stopped and bought some of those Chums neoprene holders for my sunglasses. I knew I had to wear them (just to be able to see), but wanted to make sure if I fell in that they were safe. I got the kind that float just in case. (Prescription sunglasses are not cheap.)
The paddleboard was much larger and longer than I expected.
Tried to get in sitting off the dock, fell in.
Getting ON the paddleboard was much more difficult than I anticipated. See how it is wider than my arms? I should have watched some videos about this BEFORE attempting. I was truly just winging this.
Okay, finally in a sitting position.
This was the most comfortable position of all. Should have just stayed like this.
Got to a kneeling position. Not as comfortable, but easy to manage.
Attempting to start standing up.
One foot . . .
And fell off and had to get back on.
And pretty much it went that way until I was too tired to get back on and gave up. Another first was riding on a jet ski for the first time! Much more stable than the paddleboard. It was a beautiful day and there were tons of boaters and jet skis on the lake. That’s also what made it slightly more challenging to paddleboard – all of their waves.
All in all, it was a fun time at the lake. Thankfully we will probably have lake weather until the end of September so I might get another try in this summer.
I could be mad that I wasn’t successful, but I am happy that I tried. It was truly out of my comfort zone. It told me what I need to work on – upper body strength and balance. It also reminded me I might want to watch some tutorials of the correct way to do this. I could have been going about it completely wrong.
I start working with a new trainer (online) on Monday. Upper body strength is something that I have put high on my goals.Got out of my comfort zone and attempted stand-up paddleboarding on the 4th. See how it went! Click To Tweet
What is something you have tried or done that is out of your comfort zone this year?