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by JDW72
Thu Nov 24, 2011 10:29 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW 2012
Replies: 195
Views: 12164

Re: DW 2012

Hope everybody knows some good raindances...... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-15791344 Locks 61 to 80 are pretty much all without paddle-able water. I know somebody who tried to paddle on one section earlier this week and got stuck mid-canal about 30 yards short of a portage. It was all a bit...
by JDW72
Mon Oct 10, 2011 10:08 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: wobble factor
Replies: 13
Views: 3855

Re: wobble factor

I have to agree with Mike. I happily pootle around (let's call it "winter base training" :-)) in my Knysna Stiletto X which I've been told is basically a Jaguar (stability 2) in disguise, without drama, but get me in a Tor (stability 6) and it's utter chaos. Similarly, the club has a load of Hobbys ...
by JDW72
Wed Sep 14, 2011 11:43 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Dieting, Training and Racing
Replies: 9
Views: 1449

Re: Dieting, Training and Racing

Eating a banana 60 minutes before you exercise will mean you can exercise harder than if you hadn't eaten a banana, but it's not going to compensate for the fact that you are short on muscle glycogen as a result of being on a carb restricted diet. So, you'll (numbers made up for the purposes of illu...
by JDW72
Tue Sep 13, 2011 12:58 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Dieting, Training and Racing
Replies: 9
Views: 1449

Re: Dieting, Training and Racing

Err.....I might not be about to make myself popular but rather than taking the approach you are, why don't you work out the calorific, carbohydrate and fat content of your cakes per week, replace 80% of it with some "healthier" carbs - rice, pasta, quinoah etc and spread that over the week so you tr...
by JDW72
Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:11 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: How long before fast boat
Replies: 11
Views: 1278

Re: How long before fast boat

The first exercise is paddling with just their hands I've never understood the point of that. I see it going on at the weekends during the beginners courses and it always baffles me. And usually baffles the people paddling with their hands. I'm sure it puts people off coming back. Maybe there are g...
by JDW72
Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:02 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Do I need to be in a tippier boat?
Replies: 5
Views: 1283

Re: Do I need to be in a tippier boat?

I wrestled with this one last year, except my nemesis at the time was the Tor which I had all manner of issues with for 4 months or so for some reason (I suspect as I tried to get into it too soon). My training partner also wasn't interested in moving on from the Hobby. I think it depends upon what ...
by JDW72
Wed Jun 29, 2011 3:34 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Latest Hasler Tables
Replies: 23
Views: 1627

Re: Latest Hasler Tables

I'm not sure that five teams do qualify from LSE. This latest Hasler qualification update on the Wey site http://www.weykayak.co.uk/Marathon/Hasler%202011.htm indicates that "There are five clubs from our region who are in the running for four places and we are currently lying in third place!" I mig...
by JDW72
Tue Jun 07, 2011 9:00 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Knysna Stiletto X K1
Replies: 2
Views: 1496

Knysna Stiletto X K1

Does anybody know anything about this boat? I've been told that it's similar to paddle to a Jaguar. Anybody got any views on this? It's nice and light compared to the club boats and although it's at the outer reaches of my ability currently with regards my stability it's OK. Certainly something I co...
by JDW72
Fri Jun 03, 2011 3:03 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Overstern vs understern
Replies: 5
Views: 1040

Re: Overstern vs understern

Thank you all for your replies. I'm going to try the boat and if I feel comfortable-ish in it I will buy it. It's not expensive, looks to be in good nick, and should do me fine for the next 12 months unless I make some sort of remarkable breakthough. I'm not sure that hundredths of a second will mak...
by JDW72
Thu Jun 02, 2011 7:33 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Overstern vs understern
Replies: 5
Views: 1040

Overstern vs understern

Hi, I've been offered a second hand overstern K1 which I think is a decent fit for me in terms of my progression and also size/shape. I'm concered about the overstern rudder though. There must be a reason why very few modern boats, certainly racing boats, are made with overstern rudders these days. ...
by JDW72
Mon Apr 25, 2011 8:10 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW2011....
Replies: 370
Views: 18830

Re: DW2011....

Well, that was brutal. It all started well, canal went according to plan apart from dropping the boat and bending the rudder. Luckily it took to being bent back without complaint. We stormed through Reading, screaming our heads off with delight (literally) as the flow finally picked up. We got to Dr...
by JDW72
Fri Apr 22, 2011 9:26 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW2011....
Replies: 370
Views: 18830

Re: DW2011....

Good luck everyone. This is what we set out to do when we decided upon this madcap adventure 2 years ago and it feels good that it is finally here. We're in boat 327 - a blue/grey Condor with "Ovacome" stickers on the side. Give us a wave if you see us. We've also raised over £2000 for an Ovarian Ca...
by JDW72
Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:31 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW2011....
Replies: 370
Views: 18830

Re: DW2011....

We are planning on having a small waterproof torch taped to the handle at the front of our boat which is our navigation light. We also have headtorches which will be on us at all times (pocket during day, head during night) which we have assumed will fulfil the requirement to have a torch that you c...
by JDW72
Thu Apr 14, 2011 2:43 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW2011....
Replies: 370
Views: 18830

Re: DW2011....

I have to confess I've given up looking more than 3 days out as it changes so much and none of them seem able to get it right. For Saturday, metcheck has a southerly wind, xc weather has a howling easterly (20 - 25 mph :-o) and the bbc weather site has a gentle westerly. The temperatures range from ...
by JDW72
Thu Apr 07, 2011 6:33 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW2011....
Replies: 370
Views: 18830

Re: DW2011....

its mounted vertically taped at the top extending forwards a couple of inches and then at an angle back to the bow of the boat at the waterline I think you mean horizontally, not vertically.... I'm not claiming to have the best design by any means....but ours is a coat hanger extending about 6 inch...
by JDW72
Thu Mar 31, 2011 8:12 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW2011....
Replies: 370
Views: 18830

Re: DW2011....

I'm waking up at night thinking about the race now barmy. I just want to get on with it. I would be happy with it if it was this weekend to be honest. I suspect it's partly due to us doing most of the training but having to pull out about 6 weeks before the race last year. With regards gadgets, we'r...
by JDW72
Sun Mar 27, 2011 8:31 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW2011....
Replies: 370
Views: 18830

Re: DW2011....

We paddled Waterside C course yesterday with one of our support crews and learned lots. Thoughts I'd share it here as some people might find some of this useful... - I'll be fitting a weed / dead reed / general crap deflector to the front of the boat. I suspect those doing Waterside C today will sym...
by JDW72
Wed Mar 23, 2011 8:21 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW2011....
Replies: 370
Views: 18830

Re: DW2011....

what would everyones perfect conditions be?
A moderate amount of flow, scattered cloud with 15 degrees C and a gentle westerly during the day bringing in some cloud towards the evening to keep things nice and cosy overnight. You can arrange that right?
by JDW72
Tue Mar 22, 2011 1:08 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW2011....
Replies: 370
Views: 18830

Re: DW2011....

We're relying on our support to identify us to be honest rather than the other way round. We're not going to be in much of a position to pick out our supporters from the mass of torches and activity on the bank. I spectated last year at Hurley and wandered upstream a bit to see what it would look li...
by JDW72
Sun Mar 20, 2011 9:00 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW2011....
Replies: 370
Views: 18830

Re: DW2011....

Hi everyone, I've got a question on portaging protocol. Doing senior doubles there's not going to be quite the hoohah that takes place during the watersides but we're aiming for a time similar to a lot of people so we're likely to come across other crews at some portages. I'm curious about the proto...
by JDW72
Fri Mar 18, 2011 9:04 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW2011....
Replies: 370
Views: 18830

Re: DW2011....

Jason - just opened the document.

I (and indeed I suspect a lot of other people reading this) owe you a pint. Probably more than a pint to be honest.

JDW72
by JDW72
Fri Mar 18, 2011 8:47 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW2011....
Replies: 370
Views: 18830

Re: DW2011....

Thanks Jason. I'm downloading as we speak. Very much appreciated. Barmy.....my nerves have changed. A couple of months ago I wasn't sleeping brilliantly with the whole thing going round in my head every night until the early hours. I think it might have partially been the rapid increase in training ...
by JDW72
Thu Mar 17, 2011 8:34 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW2011....
Replies: 370
Views: 18830

Re: DW2011....

I don't suppose you still have a copy of those maps do you Jason? They sound like gold dust....
by JDW72
Fri Mar 11, 2011 2:44 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW2011....
Replies: 370
Views: 18830

Re: DW2011....

We've got a spare rudder taped into the boat and will also have a small penknife/tool in the boat with us too in case we need to adjust something. Or I need to saw an arm off at short notice or take a stone out of a horses hoof. We noticed today that our rudder is slightly bent and we've been being ...
by JDW72
Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:34 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW2011....
Replies: 370
Views: 18830

Re: DW2011....

We've got two "Ozone" dry bags (6 litres each) that we roll up as tight as we can and wedge under the rear sliding footrests. Having dropped a drybag into the river during an aborted attempt to get the boat down the steps at Fobney last autumn (there was £250 of video gold there if anybody had been ...
by JDW72
Wed Mar 09, 2011 9:15 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW2011....
Replies: 370
Views: 18830

Re: DW2011....

Having just done some sums, I reckon that since Jan 1st I will have paddled about 375 - 400 miles before April 23rd. Plus about 100 miles running. The majority (not the vast majority, probably 70 - 75%) has been in K2, the rest in K1. My paddling partner hasn't been out in a K1 much so he'll have do...
by JDW72
Tue Mar 08, 2011 9:53 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW2011....
Replies: 370
Views: 18830

Re: DW2011....

The bulk of our training sessions are 10 - 12 miles but we chuck in something a little longer every now and then but not significantly so. We're doing 25 miles in a few weeks time and 20 miles the day after but that's the furthest we're doing in one stretch. No idea whether we'll pay horribly for th...
by JDW72
Tue Mar 08, 2011 2:23 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW2011....
Replies: 370
Views: 18830

Re: DW2011....

We've gradually been ratcheting up the miles but something that I've started to notice is that my left leg is getting a bit numb. My left buttock feels uncomfortable on the seat too. I'm rotating properly in the seat and am not aware of one leg being longer than the other (although I've never actual...
by JDW72
Wed Mar 02, 2011 9:41 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Waterside A - a grand day out
Replies: 20
Views: 1160

Re: Waterside A - a grand day out

Ivan, Just to build on your point about communication, as a very inexperienced K2 crew last year, we found it really useful when a boat coming up behind us shouted something along the lines of "blue K2, we're coming past on your right". We would move over a bit to the left and they'd shoot on throug...
by JDW72
Tue Mar 01, 2011 10:11 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW2011....
Replies: 370
Views: 18830

Re: DW2011....

Barmy - on your blog you mention that Ivan had given you some tips for dealing with the wash from boats.....what were the tips? Just interested. Hope the elbow is improving. Our entry is in, the cheque has been posted and we paddled 15 miles in horrible, cold, windy, sleety, swirly conditions to cel...