Bonefishblues wrote: pwa wrote:
Bonefishblues wrote:A canoe is rather more leisurely - imagine a 25" fixed gear.
Very tiring on the arms for those of us who don't do it very often. I have done it for a couple of hours at a time, once every few years, so my arms are not trained for it and my muscles burn.
It's a bit like most things, a little bit of technique really helps. An experienced paddler doing, for instance, so-called Indian Strokes (presumably to be re-named shortly...) is a lovely thing - the canoe slips forward, the paddle never leaves the water, and there's no noise.
I'm more of a kayaker (gravity assisted variety) but canoeing and kayaking are skills to learn. You start off a wooden top with tired and aching arms/shoulders. Eventually it starts to click and you start using your more powerful and efficient muscles like your core and quads. That's when you no longer feel the aches in your shoulders but in your stomach, abductors and quads.
That soon goes and by that time you'll suddenly find the older hands and better club paddles start to invite you out with them. You're now intermediate.
Then one day you find yourself doing a difficult river and you're the only one not to take a swim. Eventually that gets noticed by the most experienced who tells you, authoritatively, that you handle your boat well.
Then on the same trip, having again been the only one not to swim, you get cocky and spun backwards above a 5m waterfall. A quick shrug of the shoulders as you decide it's easier to just do it backwards. 10 minutes later you're fished out, white as a hospital sheet, traumatised but grinning from ear to ear having had an epic.
Yes, canoeing and kayaking are fun when you get the technique to be efficient at paddling and even more efficient at being an idiot in a boat. Confidence is great in appropriate levels
Of course a 5 mile whitewater trip is a lot harder IME than 50 miles cycle ride with hills. Distance is really relevant to discipline only. Like with climbing its often the brain that's most tired muscle in the body.
Anyone fancy Devizes to Westminster race? What a thing to do. Like the Whitton but possibly harder.