*** This is part of an ongoing series regarding a group of Cape Cod Mommies Bloggers who experienced SUP. There are still more to come or you can read more here: Paddle Boarding!
I was so excited to try Stand Up Paddle boarding. I had my life jacket packed and I was ready to go. We listened eagerly to the ~to do~ and ~don't do's~ including "not-to-face-plant" on the front of the board. Noted!
And we were off! Kneeling I was cruising; forward, turning, stopping - what!?! Now I'm supposed to actually Stand Up!?! My knees and legs were rockin' and rolling and shaking like mad but then a friend cruised by and splashed me. "Oh I'll get you!" I thought as I lowered my paddle down to swat some water in her direction and sent myself sailing top-lip first into the front edge of my board - Yeouch! Not recommended.
So begins the process of getting back on the board in the middle of the water. Rescued not once (failed attempt at splashing a friend), not twice (blasted horsefly!) but three times (had swapped boards with our guide to see if it would help - which it did once I figured out how slippery the new board was).
After I finally got my bearings - paddling kneeling again for a bit - I gave it another whirl standing and made it back successfully. I learned to "feel" my balance rather than "seeing" that I was standing evenly and learning how to gingerly stretch my maxed out toes to keep from totally cramping up. So expect to learn something about your fitness, your balance, your adaptability and your resilience. Happy paddling!
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