The Kayak Circuit
CBF may have been closed for the holiday, but we still did a circuit – in our kayak on the Deschutes with our family. Everything we do in the Younger Games develops physical capabilities to meet challenges outside the gym. This outing is proof.
Here’s what the “kayak circuit” consisted of (with gym exercises in the parentheses):
First, we lifted (kettlebell dead lift) and carried (farmer’s carry with kettlebell) our 84 pound kayak out onto the grass by the Subaru at home. With a squat and lift onto the shoulder (biceps curl, sandbag squat), we moved the bow of the kayak (overhead press) onto the rear rack. Then, using both arms, we pulled up the back of the kayak (upright row) and pushed (plough horses) it all the way onto the front rack. The same movements were reversed to unload the kayak at Riverbend Park, where it was carried (farmer’s carry) to the water’s edge.
Amidst a mob of people, we stepped into the kayak (front lunge onto unstable Bosu) and sat down (squat, bench or parallettes triceps dip)). We paddled away (one arm rows with bands or TRX) from shore.
With our son and daughter-in-law in one kayak and daughter and son-in-law in another and four grandchildren on large inner tubes lashed together and armed with long-range water guns, we headed downriver. As soon as we cleared the crowd at the launch site, our grandchildren attacked with their water guns. Paddling close to them, we retaliated by using our paddles to splash them back with quick torso rotations and arm thrusts (heavy bag, wall ball, med ball throws with side rotations). Floating on rafts with no paddles, they could not move upstream, so we escaped them by paddling backwards (alternating one arm presses) out of range.
We landed just before the Colorado Bridge and exited onto shore (triceps dip, squat up, side lunge off Bosu), pulled the kayak (band tug of war) onto shore, then portaged it (a very long farmer’s carry, tennis ball grip), and the other two, north beyond the bridge for re-entry. Before pushing off, we agreed to a water battle ceasefire because we had been getting innocent non-participants wet during the first leg.
A lunge, squat, triceps dip and a few paddles later, we were back on the river for a languid drift. We arrived back on shore in Drake Park, again repeating movements (squats, overhead presses, biceps curls, farmer’s carries) to get out of the kayak, get it out of the water, carry it to the street where (lucky to find a parking space) we loaded it on the Subaru. We drove home, unloaded it and placed it alongside the garage, ready for the next time.
Just like after a gym workout, the kayak circuit caused some DOMs the next day and the next – a small price to pay for an adventure with family.
Next year our grandkids will be bigger and stronger. We better train harder.