View from the Back: Cross Training

I'm a freelance writer. That doesn't make me an asshole, as a fellow paddler called me recently.  What it does mean is that I have to work extra hard not to be fat.  Well, I am fat.  I used to manage botanical gardens. I quit my job...

View from the Back: There Will Be Blog

SPOILER: THIS IS A DRAMA-FREE (MOSTLY) BLOG. What? No disasters? No freak outs? No hospital visits? Where is Katie and what imposter is writing this View from the Back? How You Prepare for a 13.27 Mile Paddle You paddle 9.5 miles the day before.  Actually, that's not optimum,...

View from the Back: Operation-Graveyard

  I almost went to the graveyard last Thursday. The actual graveyard. At our paddle clinic with Jeremy Riggs on Saturday we got stickers from Quickblade that say “I’m not here for a long time. I’m here for a good time.” While I like that...

View from the Back: Cold Weather Paddle Gear

Winter 2012-2013 marks my third winter of stand up paddling. I think I'm finally getting the hang of my gear. Granted, the longer paddling is around, the more stuff people come up with for us to use. I'm kind of a gearhead, too. Not...

View from the Back: That’s What Friends are For

After the Onslow Bay Challenge in 145 degree heat and over distances to which we were not accustomed, my paddle groupies and I started to get smarter about how we do things. Whereas previously we had no idea about hydration, electrolytes, or nutrition for...

Paddle for Humanity DC: What I learned about how to run a great race

I raced hard at the P4H DC race. Still, I barely held that maniac Kiwi Annabel Anderson off at the finish. She was on an old 12'6" that she borrowed the day before the race. I was on my shiny new 14' race board....

View from the Back: The Ocean Giveth and the Ocean Taketh Away

Last weekend Hurricane Sandy hovered 300 miles offshore of Wilmington, NC/ Wrightsville Beach, my hometown. Well, I was born in Indianapolis, which I guess you could say is my hometown. I lived there until college. Wilmington is my town now, though, and it would take...

View from the Back: Beach2Battleship Water Support

I was supposed to paddle with Hector, a swimmer with one fourth of one arm. The swim started at 7:30 am. I didn’t see him until 10:30 pm. Iron Distance Every year, Distressed Mullet helps the WBFD organize water support for the Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon....

Chattajack31: What I learned about how to run a great race

Nothing can prepare you to run an event than going to other events and paying attention. Being a competitor will help you be a better race director. Every problem that you will face has been solved, somewhere, by someone else. Take note of the...

View from the Back: Beasts of the Southern Wild

  Fall is a great time for wildlife. It's all on the move. Baitfish are shooting by all over the channel. You can stick your hand in the water and pull out a flounder. The (mostly harmless) cannonball jellyfish are starting to show up. Dolphins...

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