Lately I have been switching paddles during my 2 to 3 hour exercise paddles. For instance, I did an out and back 5 miler with my 88" Novorca GP, took a ten minute break, then repeated it with my Onno wing set at 208. Another day I did it again but in the opposite order. I also bring my 220 Kalliste into the mix. I generally mount my GPS when I do this.
1) I get a very good workout because the second paddle uses different muscles.
2) I get a new feel for the stroke differences by switching. And it improves my stroke with both paddles.
3) I go through a bumpy area with both so the braces are different, and I improve with both.
4) I learn things about each paddle that I did not realize, despite years of use.
5) No trouble at all shifting gears from one to the other.
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I've been switching recently, also, but|
Posted by: Yanoer on Nov-03-12 12:07 AM (EST)
between kayak paddle and bent shaft canoe paddle, whether I'm in a solo canoe or kayak. It's nice to use the different muscle groups.
Long use of just one paddle can allow |
Posted by: ezwater on Nov-03-12 1:33 PM (EST)
little variances to creep in, plus what we psychologists call "reactive inhibition." Switching to another paddle that requires a little different approach, and that gives a different "feel," can mean that your alternate stroke is working efficiently.
Switching paddles is one of the most ...|
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Nov-03-12 3:20 PM (EST)
... rewarding aspects of the sport.
When I learned that D&K Hearn play |
Posted by: ezwater on Nov-03-12 3:49 PM (EST)
cello, I thought of gutting a racing c-1 and stringing it as a bass.
Getting a double blade soon|
Posted by: kayamedic on Nov-03-12 3:56 PM (EST)
Posted by: gjf12 on Nov-04-12 4:57 PM (EST)
Glenn, beautifully stated. I could not agree more.
Yes and Also Injury Prevention|
Posted by: clydehedlund on Nov-04-12 6:01 PM (EST)
Increasing the proprioceptive demands on all my soft tissue and joints, with different paddles, enables me to paddle injury free (so far). You never know when paddling conditions change, but your brain has the experience to respond and send the proper signals to handle them w/o strain or injury.
Recommend bent shaft? Absolutely!|
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Nov-04-12 8:21 PM (EST)
I certainly recommend bent shafts for lake paddling, no matter whether you are a sitting paddler or kneeling paddler. I think they are the superior instrument for straight ahead distance paddling, and have been using them since getting my first flatwater solo canoe in 1984.