November 17, 2011 Training Session

This training session is dedicated to Army Special Forces Master Sgt. Shawn Simmons, 7th Special Forces Group, who lost his life in Afghanistan in 2008. This training session included Running 3.4 miles 33 minutes (HR 120 – 130 ) and TRX2 – 5 week routine – 45 sec rest. When Master Sgt Simmons lost his life he left behind a family that included two sons. A donation to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation will help provide a college education to his kids.  Please consider a donation. http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/billwhale/ufc2012

November 16, 2011 Training Session

This training session is dedicated to Army Special Forces Master Sgt.Samuel Foster who lost his life in 1998. This training session included a hiked of 3.5 miles with a 35 Lb pack (HR 90 – 110 ) / TRX1 – 5 week routine – 45 sec rest / Night Paddle 5 miles – 1 hour (HR 110-120). First night paddle of the season. I have always enjoyed night-time paddling but the night does introduce some unique aspects. Situation awareness gets a little messy, oh and that ,it seems like a three-foot breaking wave coming from behind, is really a six-inch wave, that fish that just got spooked and jumped onto the boat is not a four-foot barracuda but a medium size bait fish, oh and jaws is not right under the boat thinking it is looking at a fiberglass Twinkie with me as the soft inside, and yes that explosion of water just in front of me, that caused my heart to stop, was a school of sleeping manatees who can flip the boat but don’t bite. Really it is just water, just a little darker. All that really means is that I need to spend more time making friends with the night. When Master Sgt Foster lost his life he left behind a family that included a son and a daughter. A donation to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation will help provide a college education to his kids.  Please consider a donation. http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/billwhale/ufc2012

Training Routine

One of the challenges of any Watertribe event is that there is not a lot of information available on how to train for them. From my prospective there are four areas you have to train for. The first is mental, the second is physical, the third is procedures and practices, and the fourth is small boat skills.  In creating my training schedule for the physical side I started with a training schedule I found for a 100 mile river race. I modified this schedule based on things that I learned training for triathlons. Since a lot of my workouts are in the morning I am doing the bike, row, walk, and run workouts on stationary equipment. The stationary workouts are either strength or an interval workout. These workouts are followed by a weight workout or a workout using a product called the TRX suspension trainer. TRX is essentially a couple of straps and a workout routine created by some Navy SEALs. All my long distance workouts are paddling workouts.  Since I am trying to paddle three times a week some days are double workout days. The paddling workouts end up being endurance, strength, or interval workouts. As far as rest days my schedule calls for a rest day on Sunday.  In order to avoid over training I really try to stay on top of how sore my muscles are and how tired I feel. If I find that on a given week Sunday is not enough I will call another rest day. Hope this answers some of the questions I have received. In future post I will talk more about how I am training for the mental, the procedures and practices, and the small boat skills side of this challenge.

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November 15, 2011 Training Day

This training session was dedicated to Navy LT Mark Wilson, Sr, SEAL Team TWO who was killed in 1995. He left behind a family that included one son. A donation to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation will help provide a college education to his son.  http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/billwhale/ufc2012

Biked 10.5 miles – HR 120-130 / Lifted Routine 1 – 12/10/8 / Felt Ok

Still cleaning and sorting gear. Trip identified several adjustments and enhancements I want to make to my Kruger Dreamcatcher – Drain holes in the seat, GPS mounting system, portage bar connection, Balogh sail pulley connection, Go Pro camera mounting system, mast base ring re-installed and back band bulkhead connection. Seems to be a never-ending process of making adjustments to perfect the fit between boat and man. The one thing I have going for me is that I started this process with an outstanding boat.

 

November 14, 2011 Training Day

This training session was dedicated to Navy Seal Senior Chief Petty Officer Daniel Healy who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2005. He left behind a family that included one son and three daughters. A donation to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation will help provide a college education to his  kids.  http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/billwhale/ufc2012

Ran 3.4 miles – HR 125-135 / TRX 1 – 5 week routine / Felt Ok

Starting the task of cleaning and sorting gear from the weekend trip.

 

November 11-13, 2011 Overnight Training Trip

This overnight training trip was dedicated to Staff Sgt. Tracy A. Tidwell of the 160th Night Stalkers, 2nd Battalion who lost his life in a training mission in 1996. He left behind a family and two girls. A donation to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation will help provide a college education to his  kids.  http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/billwhale/ufc2012

Completed the 38 mile paddle of the Santa Fe River. The Santa Fe joined with the Suwannee so this gave me a chance to scout some of the Suwannee. The trip was a great trip. Very few people on the river and the group of folks I paddle with were not only great folks but they had tons of wisdom and tips. The goals of this trip was to continue building my endurance and test some of my new gear. Due to the low temperatures ( 29 degrees on one night) it was an opportunity to test my cold weather gear and procedures. Overall pleased with my new sleeping bag and cold weather sleep system. Still need to practice more with my new sleeping mat. Seems to take a long time to inflate but once inflated it was very comfortable and kept me warm. Tried a new breakfast this trip, dehydrated scrambled eggs and bacon. Needless to say that breakfast will not be going on any more trips. New stove worked great. Fired up very quick and boiled water fast. I do question how good it will be for warming food so I will continue bring my old stove. Saw a lot of potential campsites on the Suwannee  but due to the low-level of the river I question if those site will be there in March. Did identify lots of places to get water. Trip tested some of the changes I have made on my arrival and departure procedures. These still need lots of work and practice to get to a point that I can do them without thinking.

November 11, 2011 Overnight Training Trip

This overnight training trip is dedicated to Staff Sgt. Tracy A. Tidwell of the 160th Night Stalkers, 2nd Battalion who lost his life in a training mission in 1996. He left behind a family and two girls. A donation to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation will help provide a college education to his  kids.  http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/billwhale/ufc2012

Leaving for a 38 miles overnight paddle on the Santa Fe River. Wind is blowing due to a cold front that is passing through. Weather forecast is for temperatures in the low 30 degrees. The original goals of the trip was to continue building my endurance base and to test out some new gear. Now in addition to those two goals, whether I like it or not, I will be testing out my cold weather procedures. Should be fun.