This summer, at the behest of Mari, I took up skipping and kayaking! She thought it would be good for my fitness regimen! She was right of course, but I can’t get over how challenging it has been!
Let’s start with skipping. I haven’t been able to get past eleven skips in a row! Not that I do it every day, but c’mon! Eleven! Get with it man! I am amazed at how difficult it is, coordinating my arms and legs, trying to remember to swing the skipping rope while jumping at the same time! Challenging indeed for the neurologically … challenged!
Any type of repetitive motion presents a great level of difficulty! Case in point, kayaking!
I watch the kayakers out on our lake and it looks smooth and graceful. They appear to paddle with ease! Not so for me! Not only do I fatigue very quickly, but the repetitive motion is almost impossible to maintain. I have to remember to reach forward with the paddle hand while raising the opposite hand so as to keep the motion smooth and not make contact with the side of the kayak. It actually stresses me out. I know I need to develop my stamina and technique, but again, I am amazed at how difficult it is!
I need to shape up! [Kidding of course!]
It seems to me that this is another experience meant to remind me about the importance of acceptance and surrender. Go with the flow. Enjoy the moment! Just do my best and have fun!
Hey, I can do that!