The clocks have gone back, we’ve had the odd shower and a drop in temperature but that hasn’t stopped me from getting out on the water. In fact it is this time of the year that theUK gets some great waves.
Also to keep the scene alive during these colder months some serious racing still takes place, great for training and keeping the race experience up! We are now fully into the Autumn/Winter race series at my local spot in Hove, East Sussex, I’ve competed in three races so far securing 2nd in each – with two more races to go I’m hoping to secure being placed in the top 3 competitors in the Brighton & Hove area.
Continuing on the competition side of things I racked up a 1st place in the first ‘Brighton & Hove SUPathlon’ – which consisted of a 2.5k run, 5k paddle on the sea and a 1.5k run to finish – this was a tough race as I knew there were some fast runners and fast paddlers. I returned from the run in second place and quickly took the 1st place spot once on the water and didn’t look back – a win is always nice and especially as it seemed to be a popular race format that we should see repeated in 2014, hopefully as a series of races.
With the change of season it’s at this time of the year I really notice how low the sun gets driving to and from races, the beach and out on the water training, so I really appreciate my Breo sunnies which protect my eyes and allow me to just focus on what I’m doing.
This time of year for me it is mainly about surfing, winter training and getting ready for the big races in 2014.
I like to add mountain biking into my training schedule, as a good blast over the South Downs is a great way of keeping in shape and of course just like my training sessions on the water having my Breo sports watch to keep time and sunnies to protect my eyes completes my kit needed for off-road riding.
A real fun part of stand-up paddling for me is ‘downwinding’ – which consists of picking a spot where we can paddle from point A to B surfing the waves with the wind pushing us along. It’s great fun, full on and really gets the heart pumping.
So whatever the weather make sure you get out there and enjoy the outdoors, protect your eyes from the elements and keep a time check on how long you out there!
Most of all have fun!