It was a busy week locked in with work, blackbirds, flatt land and small canals and with melancholic memories on tidal races, gannets, dolphins, cliffs and mountains - there was no time for kayaking left ;-).
To get back to life: I woke up early this morning and headed for the boathouse of KV Wyrda. While Woerden was still asleep I took the K1 racer for a "Rondje Kamerik". It lacks the sensation of the sea, but I really do like solo fitness-paddling around Woerden, especially on Sunday-morning when the place is quit and motionless. Mostly life in Woerden at Sunday-morning doesn't start before the Church's-bells are sounding and people go to church (it's still a quit confessional area around here). But this morning when I returned from my paddle I was surprised by life at the boathouse. Paul, Guus, Annelieke and Jaap started for a paddle in the Green Heart of Holland. Would have liked to join, but (family-)duty called...
About my fitness-paddle: I was a bit disappointed I didn't manage to paddle "Rondje Kamerik" within the hour goal (it took 1.03 hours). I suppose the portages took to much time ;-). Besides that I had a lot of drag of water-plants sticking to the bow of the racer and (even worse) to the rudder. Plants sticking to the bow mostly fall off when I shortly decrease speed, but to get rid of plants hanging on the rudder the only solution is paddling some strokes backwards. I find this rather stupid, so sometimes I paddle on with the drag of the water-plants - perhaps good for training power (some guys use little balls for this purpose), but bad for speed.
Is there a trick? How do real racers deal with waterplants?