Great day! – Walking and rowing

After I got up this morning and had breakfast, I decided to go for a walk.  It was low tide, which is a blast because the sand flats are exposed and you can see all kinds of marine life.

I headed down the stairs from our deck and headed straight out to the water’s edge.  Then turned south.  My first goal was to walk to the rock that I nearly hit going down to Eastham.

Here it is about an hour after low tide.  It’s hard to get a sense of scale, but the rock is about 8 feet tall and 16 feet long.  It’s a big rock.

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I then continued to walk along the edge of the water.  The tide was coming in, so the shore was receding visibly as I walked.  But I had never really walked all along the south edge of the sand flats before and I was eager to explore.  I ultimately decided to try to find my way to the tidal creek that runs under the little bridge to our island.

Along the way I saw some really nice shore birds.  I think the white one was an Egret and the pair was, I think, Willets.

I had a couple of false starts as I went into streams that turned into dead ends in the marsh.  As I got further along, the sand turned to mud and at times I was buried to the middle of my calves, making slow progress.  Ultimately I found the creek and it was about 6 inches deep with a nice sandy bottom.  I was able to rise off all the muck.

As I got close to the bridge, I found a little tidal pool off to the side of the stream and there were 3 horseshoe crabs in it swimming around.

I made it to the bridge and walked back across the causeway, and then out to the Loagy Bay Beach.  I then followed the north shore of the island back around to the house.

Here’s the whole path.  It was just over 6km.

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The last bit was really sunny and the southerly breeze was entirely blocked by the island.  It was hot and the sand was soft.  I was pretty sweaty by the time I got home about an hour a twenty minutes after I started.

We chilled out at the house for most of the day, and then around high tide, I decided to go for a row.  I can launch from our stairs at high tide, so I did that and headed south.  The wind was in the process of swinging from the SSE to the SSW as I went.

I followed the shore of the island on my way south to give a wide berth to that damn rock (and also because the marsh is fun to look at).  Once I was well into the bay, I turned and followed the south shore out nd then turned to follow it.

That took about 20 minutes or so.  I decided that I would row south and turn at the 40 minute mark.  With a more direct course and a tail wind, I figured I would end up with a nice 70 minute row.

I watched my heart rate on the way south and tried to keep it around 150 or so.  When I turned, I stopped and drank half a liter of water.  Then I headed home.  The tail wind was pleasant because it lightened up the load.  But I missed the cooling breeze.  The chop was pretty big, maybe 12″ and the boat wakes would interact with it in unpredictable ways.  I experimented with different stroke rates and focused on clean finishes and keeping my blades clear of the wave tops.  It’s a lot more press down than I am used to in my Fluid.  The waves were pushing me around a bit and I had to do a lot of steering to stay on track.  Now the goal was to head directly back to my launch point and not run into the rock.

Mission accomplished.  I spotted the rock off on my starboard bow, about 100m away.  I turned toward the island and back to the stairs.  I stopped a bit offshore, got my feet out of the straps, and undid the nuts on the oarlocks.  It can be a bit hectic with the waves bouncing the boat around at the bottom of the stairs.  I paddled in like that and made a clean landing.  I was just in time.  The rocks around the base of the stairs were almost exposed and would have made landing a lot harder if I had pushed the time much further.

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          Workout Summary - media/20180702-2150230o.csv
--|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg
--|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS
--|12609|78:13.0|03:06.1|000.0|22.1|147.9|162.0|07.3
W-|12169|69:46.0|02:52.0|000.0|21.0|149.9|162.0|08.3
R-|00442|08:28.0|09:34.7|000.0|31.6|131.8|162.0|00.9
Workout Details
#-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS-
01|02113|12:32.1|02:57.9|000.0|20.2|142.9|153.0|08.3 - into current
02|04542|26:16.9|02:53.6|000.0|20.6|149.4|154.0|08.4 - with current at first
03|05513|30:57.0|02:48.4|000.0|21.6|153.2|162.0|08.3 - tail wind

As usual, the hardest work of the outing was carrying the boat back up the stairs.

A great day!