This past week we reached out to some Texas Water Safari alums to see what other things we might be overlooking. For starters, what a great group of people. Just hours after sending out requests to talk to people we received a lot of responses from those willing to talk more about their experiences as well as offer up some great tips they noticed we were missing out on.
For starters, the over all consensus was that Phil and I needed to switch places and put the heavier/stronger person in front.
Consider my mind blown.
This goes against everything we thought was right. But because the people giving us the information had not only finished the TWS, but won their divisions, we decided not to question it.
We set out tonight ready for this new game plan to rock our world. And to make it better, we were going to abandoned the monster canoe and try LLP’s lighter one, shaving off about 20 pounds.
Our world was indeed rocked. But not in a good way.
Phil and I have been paddling together for about five and a half years now and we’re pretty set in our roles. When he moved into the paddler role and I got to take over the driver seat, it did not go over well. For starters, I became drunk with power at my new found ability to turn the boat where I wanted it to go and Phil looked about as stable as a new born deer in the front of the boat.
We spent the first ten minutes just turning in circles in the middle of the lake. I found the whole thing to be quite humorous, but Phil was getting extremely irritated…so I’m going to go ahead and erase any past mood swing and blame it all on the seating.
We were on limited time so we decided to go back to our regular style long enough to see how we felt about the new boat. After a quick transition at the dock we headed back out and decided that lighter isn’t always better. We’re not positive what this lighter boat is made out of, but we’re leaning toward thin plastic. There was no tracking and every inch we moved, we paddled for it.
Next time out, we’ll definitely be back in our old standby. As for trying out the paddling switch up again, Phil’s still smarting a little from it, but I’m sure we’ll give it another go.
Keep those tips coming! Leave a comment below or contact me if you’d like to share your thoughts.