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T-100

It’s 100 days until I start my trip around Nova Scotia. Trip preparation is on my mind every single day. It’s something I balance with work, home, and life’s other demands. Iain has been super supportive, suffering endless camp food experiments and trudging through fields and marshland helping me scout land routes. My friends have also been supportive, offering their …

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Paddlers Fitness – Week 8 Results

We started our program in January 2017 with a group of three enthusiastic paddlers plus me and Ben. We’re all learners: some are new to fitness; this is a mentorship opportunity for me; Ben is advancing his fitness assessment methodology and exploring remote coaching. The 15-week program starts in the studio with a fitness assessment. We test functional strength, mobility, and …

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Preparing: The Mind

“A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.” — John Steinbeck I can’t remember the last time in my adult life that I took a full two-week vacation and this …

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Courage or mid-life Crisis?

I have a personal project that I’m intent on achieving this year that is either courageous or the consequence of a mid-life crisis. Probably both. But first, some context… I’m turning 50 in September. I’m not unhappy with that fact but it does lead me to reflect deeply on the significance of being a half century old, and most likely past …

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Paddlers Fitness Program launched!

Today we launched “Between the Seasons”, a fitness program for paddlers to improve their fitness during the less active winter months. I’ve created this program with my friend, Ben Costigan, owner of Core Essentials Fitness Studio in downtown Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. I’ve been working with Ben as my personal trainer for nearly two years and I’ve learned a lot from …

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Recipe: Crispy Rice Power Bars

These bars are good. Really good. And I don’t just say so myself — they have been field tested at sea. I’m continuing my pursuit of a homemade power bar that is suitable for the demands of kayaking in both nutritional value and physical composition. My previous attempt tasted good and was easy to make but got soft at room …

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Discomfort and Improving Performance

“It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve, and bad things are very easy to get.” — Confucius I’ve learned to appreciate through my own personal training as a kayaker, and more recently through my experience as a coach, that significant …

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Skills Clinic: Brier Island Tide Race Weekend

According to the 1891 Sailing Directions for Nova Scotia, “Grand Passage, between Bryer and Long Islands, is narrow and contains several dangers, but the principal difficulty connected with its navigation is the great velocity of tidal streams through the channel.” This is our classroom for the weekend, where we’ve come to play and learn. Christopher Lockyer has been bringing paddlers …

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Feature Trip: Solo Camping in Little Harbour, NS

Despite the remarkably short, unchallenging, and uneventful paddle to a tiny island in Little Harbour, Nova Scotia, my first solo camping experience will stand out as an eventful personal milestone. Last season I checked off a longish solo day paddle from my list of “to have” experiences. I’ve since followed that up with a number of longer day paddles and …

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Coastal Adventures Annual Sea Kayakers’ Meeting 2016

As I contemplated making the rock hop through a particularly short slot on the outside of Borgles Island, two things occurred to me: this wasn’t the kind of fun I expected from a Nova Scotia sea kayak tour company; and I should have brought my play boat instead. This past weekend I attended the Coastal Adventures 27th annual Sea Kayakers’ meeting …