I think some folks, perhaps like myself, tend to scan the topics see one like this and say that's nice and continue to search for a subject of more interest to them.
I didn't read this one till I noticed it had some 20 responses and thought what the heck is all the talk about.
Checking it further I wasn't overly surprised to see it was a discussion between 4 or 5 people who were interested in it.
That's also fine by me and moved onto a subject that I thought might get no responses but you never know there might be a person or two interested then again maybe not which again is also fine.
Of course, it’s fine with me if only a few people respond to this thread. I realize that everyone has his (or her) own particular interests. But I thought this topic would be of more general interest because of the following reasons:
1. The forward stroke is the stroke we do 95% of the time.
2. It is also the stroke that most of us are the least proficient at.
3. This and my other post (To Glide and not to Glide) addresses the most difficult and controversial portions of the forward stroke.
4. You’ll enjoy sea kayak touring much more if you have an efficient forward stroke.
In addition to paddling efficiency, let me say something about fitness paddling as well. I’m sure my training partner (LHuntington) wouldn’t mind if I used her exact words, which are better than what I could say anyway: “So I'll give a little plug for doing some fitness paddling on the side, even if you can only find time to go to a local river, as is often the case for me. The training gives you a nice focus for physical fitness in general - you push yourself hard and it feels good. You get a nice strong core and lose weight while doing what you love. You reduce the chances of repetitive injury by getting stronger. When winter comes and there is only a gym to fall back on, you always have your kayaking goals to work toward. It makes it more interesting. Then as a nice fringe benefit, on group paddles you can sit back and enjoy the scenery. I'd much rather spend my exercise time racing my own time to the North Bridge and back on the Concord River than doing 1-1/2 hours on the Stairmaster (!)”
Lisa, good luck in tomorrow’s ROTC race. Remember to paddle at a higher cadence into the wind. You go girl!