Posted by: gjf12 on Jan-09-13 11:41 PM (EST)
Kocho, I am not clear that heart rate is a good measure. Seems to me that with too large a blade your muscles get fatigued without raising heart rate excessively, and too high a cadence would raise the heart rate excessively. Also, over a 5 or 10 mile course the heart rate would not stay constant. But I have never tried a heart rate monitor, so don't know.
jcbikeski, I agree that the best combination of paddle dimensions and cadence would be specific to a particular paddler. However, I think that there is no best cadence for a particular person; it depends on the paddle. I am happy at 70+ with the wing, but not my particular GP.
clydeh, Seems to me the general principles of the experts are mostly correct: full immersion at the catch, rotation, short wing stroke, longer GP stroke, etc. Going back and forth between different paddles helps me discover technique errors. I agree about reversing the order, and have done that, but conditions are always a bit different and it is hard to reach firm conclusions. My Onno is small-mid, which seems right for me (Pat's recommendation), but the 208 length I arrived at is shorter than my instructor recommended (Pat recommended shorter).
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