March - Step Touch - Two Step - Grapevine - Leg Curl - Chazee - V-Pas - X-pas - Travel Knee - Mambo - Mambo Chacha - Six-step - Squat - Lunge - Dribbel - Nelson Tap... Just a few moves of a Total Body Workout -session at Monday.
The last 8 years I enjoyed the luxury of an incompany fitness training-facility at work. Group fitness sessions with illustrious names like the "Total Body Workout, Body Shape, Pilates, Spinning, Bikkelen, Spin-Bikkel" and the killing "15 minutes abdominal-training" (= "het buikspierkwartiertje") have become a welcome (and beloved) addition to my outdoor-sport-activities. I am an addict - a workout a day makes me feel good!
A professional team of trainers from High Five Health Promotion was in charge for the incompany fitness. They did a great job. But in a competitive market contracts are renewed every few years and now my employer has decided to change the Fitness service. I am sad.
Simone, Frans, Edwin, Miranda, Shelley, Linda, Pieter and colleagues - thanks for the good times! I'll miss you ;-(
I neglected this weblog a bit during the last few weeks. That's not because there has been no paddling to write about (on the contrary!), but because the huge number of Dutch holidays in this period of the year (Koninginnedag, Dodenherdenking, Bevrijdingsdag, Hemelvaart, Pinksteren). No time to blog... Listen to John Fealy and you will understand what's going on here. One can be very busy with holidays!
Natasha and Nynke did a great job organising a paddling and camping weekend in Friesland for kayakclub Wyrda. I joined the group together with my son Jelle. The side program learned us a lot about Frisian culture and traditions.
Picture: A hole in the water? A little mystery captured in a fraction of a second: what does the blade with the water?
Bernhard is the German master in fancy kayak techniques. Inspired by the "Fun with Nigel"- classes of Nigel Foster, Bernhard gave a clinic in manoeuvring skills at Spiekeroog last week. We experimented with all sorts of crazy strokes, rudders and other "utterly useless paddling techniques". What about paddling with the paddle shaft behind your back, or moving sideways with a reversed cross bow sculling stroke? Very confusing, and fun to do. But why all this mad stuff? It contributes to a better understanding of the interaction of body, boat and blade. The weird experiments help to focus on balance and confidence and lead to greater levels of boat control. And it's fun - the most important drive to learn!
Coaches and guides of the German seakayak association Salzwasserunion met last weekend at the German isle of Spiekeroog for workshops on Kayak Safety Tests. Govert and I joined the German coaches and added the "Dutch approach". We had a lot of fun doing all kinds of rescues.
Pictures of the weekend are uploaded in the Picasaweb album (unsorted, uncorrected). Thanks to Heike for taking (most of these) pictures with my camera.