I've had trouble maintaining my strength over the winter (and most winters when im not in the water much) and i was wondering what is a good way to increase my paddling speed. Any exercises or tips for building up paddle speed and maintaining that strength during periods out of the water.
Yea it's tough, I go to the gym and workout to stay in shape and have noticed definite improvement in terms endurance in the water. If I didn't workout, it would be even harder to paddle and stay out there longer.
Even so, I still get tired quick with the 5/4 especially when current is shifty on the bigger days. I try the cupping of the hands and I guess it works but sometimes I'm just too tired, that damn 10lbs of rubber kills me.
Anyway, my point is, we are always going to be tired out there if we dont surf everyday during the winter and the paddling will be restricted with the extra rubber thickness in the wetsuit.
I'm sure this all stuff you know anyway, but just voicing my opinion. If you have a pool at your gym and can do laps everyday, you'll be much better prepared and fit to paddle during the winter.
is it true that water temps effect your bouyancy? I know when paddling in cold water it seems like I am dragging a pool toy behind me to the line up.
You're buoyancy, not for say, cause generally you are the same temperature. Anything colder is denser, so the colder the water, the closer the molecules are together, and since they are closer, you gotta work that much harder to separate them, hence why it feels harder to paddle. That and you got a **** ton of rubber around you