Nov. 17 - 19: Before I started the Piece Prize journey, I did three things weekly for 12 months: jog, yoga and row.
Jogging is A to B. You start, decide your finish line and do it. Jogging is about determination and endurance. The mental and physical requirements of running align perfectly with tasks of kayaking. Setting and attaining goals and overcoming frustration – these are all things that strengthen my ability to cope with what the oceans throw at me. For me, running improved my coping skills and ego strength for long-term endurance.
Yoga. In a kayak, sitting in a 45 degree position for hours on end, causes legs and bum to go numb. I needed flexibility to help lengthen and stretch my muscles in a safe, effective way. Through 6.5 months paddling, my body has performed well. No numbness .
Rowing: Rowing is intense where rythym is the key. I used a rowing machine to help build and tone my muscles, strengthen my cardiovascular function and increase my stamina.
I don’t know if I have mastered the art of preparation, but I know that it is more than just being focused on the details, outcome and possibilities. While these things are important, preparation means that I have armed myself with not only the necessary tools, resources and knowledge to get the job done but I am also prepared mentally and physically. Haha!! Mentally - I think I am still in tact. But I can say that I am tired of not knowing what is before me and where I will lay my head each night.
Often we get so caught up in preparation that we forget the joy of the journey ahead of us. Negative thinking is one of the biggest obstacles towards achieving my goals. If I constantly think that I don't have what it takes, I will never start a new paddle day. Humor columnist Erma Bombeck observed, “It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.” It takes confidence to talk about a dream and even more to pursue it. And sometimes confidence separates the people who dream and pursue those dreams from those who don’t.
There is no tomorrow to remember if we don’t do something today - that’s what I say.