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two entries in one day!



So today I went paddle boarding for the first time. It was basically a demo and they showed us how to get on, paddle, stand up,turn, etc. Id watched the videos on youtube and it was a repeat of that information. Looking at the murky water was a little unnerving but I chose to ignore it and go forward with the decision to try something I probably wouldnt do once I go home. Plus I figured once I got out further in the water it wouldnt be stagnate and looking so eeew,lol.

So I get in (with life jacket, of course) and steady myself. It isnt that bad. I feel a little wobbly but thats to be expected.I  noticed how tight my thighs were feeling and was happy that they were getting a little workout. I wondered what he was doing behind me-whether he was getting on or had already joined me in the water-but wasnt confident enough to turn around.

Once out there, I was ok. Definitely not ready to stand up but was able to paddle and move myself forward as well as stop myself and then turn the board around to see how far back he was.We went for a ways and there were times when the land looked to be moving instead of me.It wasnt a big deal. the little group then turned around and then it began to hit me.

There was a little feeling in my stomach. I was getting nauseous. The guide asked if I wanted to stop but I intended to forge ahead. My body had other ideas. I continue to paddle but the feeling grew. I decided it was best to head in, as I didnt want to faint on the board and then fall off. That would have been a very different blog entry. In fact, Id be so traumatized by the dirty water that wouldve surely gotten in my mouth, I wouldnt be writing right now!

So we pull up and I get off. My entire body feels weak and Im wondering if people will think Im a disgusting creature if I puke in the water because I was sure it was coming up. He helped me up and I passed him to get to safety. Didnt feel like I could stop for my shoes and the life jacket was squeezing me at that point but I didnt want to risk falling off the dock into the water. I kept stopping to brace myself. A couple people asked if I was ok but I couldnt answer them. And Im pretty sure I didnt look ok.

I made it to the last part where there were handles to make it to the top where there was one seat in the shade. My knees were wobbly and I thought I was going to pass out right there. I remember thinking "If I fall, I dont know if he can carry me to the chair",lol. I made it and fell into the seat and he came soon after with some water. I began to feel better after drinking it and sitting there I began to feel better.

Dont go paddle boarding if you havent had any water. For breakfast Id had a small cup of juice and a coffee. Bad choice! I will, however, go again.Just because I want to finish what I started. I do think I like kayaking better though. I guess we will see.

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