Last week, my friends said they were going kayaking. Yes, sure I will go! By Wednesday, I was hoping they forgot. Thursday, I checked to see and yes, it was still on.
Anyway, I think B (who was organizing the trip) thought I was going to bail. She called me on Friday and offered me the opportunity. She called me on Saturday morning and offered me the opportunity. She also offered to drive me, but the distance to her house, vs. the distance to the place was silly for me not to drive myself.
So nervously Saturday after my 5K and after the last time she called, I got ready. I had no idea what to take, so I took an extra outfit, but forgot shoes. I went to the store and got cash, beer, water and Coppertone Continuous Spray sunscreen. (It worked well on the places I sprayed it...I forgot to spray it on my feet and my cleavage). With 55 minutes left until meeting time, I drove to Up the River. I got there and didn't see B's car. I had time to jump back in. Oh wait, I just filled out my insurance information in case I die... No worries...
B shows up about 3 minutes later, with K, J and M. They answer UTR's questions about what kind of kayak I want (on the top). We pay for a 4 hour trip, we get on our sunscreen, everyone gets their sunglasses on, so I go get mine from my car with my Thermos cooler (brand new and leaks), but still is cool.
We get our life vests, and then the truck comes to take us to the river. B and K get gracefully into their kayaks. No, I have to go into 50 degree water and plop my ass onto the kayak. The water was refreshing. The guy hands me my paddle. He explains to us that we will go under 3 bridges and he'll meet us at the boat dock after the 3rd bridge. I'm getting used to the paddling but get it (I'm smart like that).
So B had told me there wouldn't be a lot of paddling for our 8 mile trip. Hahaha. But right before the first bridge we stopped at a rock and got out and stretched and everyone but me goes to the bathroom in bushes. I was having a lot of fun. We finally get to the first bridge. I had a beer (I had already had 2 waters).
K, M and I were talking about HRMs and calories burned. Somewhere along the way I decided I wanted another beer. Well I was pacing them to the bridges. So I started paddling. M was with me. Then I fell into this zone. I finally got to the second bridge. Had I had my HRM on, I would have probably used enough calories to have another beer freely. So I pop one, and look back. Everyone was so far away. Apparently, no one else got in my little zone.
I drank that beer under the bridge while waiting for them. We went a little further, and J and I each had the last 2 beers. Then he and M went off. B, K and I just drifted and then saw the 3rd bridge. And the boat dock.
"Gracefully" I got out of my kayak, and J helped me park it on the side (a car was trying to get his boat in the water, so I couldn't take up the dock). B and K got theirs together. We waited for the van to come and get us. Finally it did. We got back to the place, and checked in. Then I had a granola bar, said bye, and called D to let him know I was on my way home.
Got home and D had dinner ready for me. We watched the Replacements, while I complained about my arms. After that I took some Advil and went to bed.
It was fun.
Yesterday I had to clean the bedroom. It was very hard considering how bad my arms hurt. Whew. They are still sore today. I have to mow the lawn. I'm not sure if I am going to ride the bike or run today. D and I are supposed to go to the grocery store. If I go, I will ride the bike. If I don't, I'll go run.