Photo of the Week 8/31/20

Early morning on Tempe Town Lake

First SUP in a While!

It’s been quite a while since I went out on the Stand-up Paddle-board, with the nice temps in Phoenix right now I had to take advantage!

While April was extremely nice, May started out hot, I believe we’ve hit 107 already this year, so when I saw a high of 87 I knew it was a good afternoon to spend outdoors!

Headed down to Tempe Town Lake after an early out from work. The only real task is getting the SUP inflated, which takes some work. Why I haven’t gotten an electric pump is a fine question, because it’s a solid 5 minutes of pumping!

TTL SUP

I do love having that lake there, so easy for a quick paddle. In 20 minutes I’m on the water!

Happy to be out on the water!

Went from the beach to the far east end of the lake and back, with a little chilling in the middle of the lake. 3.5 miles and one fine afternoon. There was some battling of the wind the whole way back, it always seems to find me!

Making it a Habit

I’ve been able to continue the heading down to Tempe Town Lake for some post-work Stand-up Paddleboarding theme. I’m new to the paddling, so I’m just looking to get in some miles and a good workout. I very much enjoyed listening to an audio book and putting forth effort, it’s a great way to decompress. Much need lately.

My Garmin Forerunner has always struggled a little with elevation, obviously the website will correct after the fact, but it is always very evident when I paddle. The graph below is my elevation while paddling Tempe Town Lake,,,

Tempe Town Lake Elevation per Garmin..

Wednesday on the Lake

My 3rd time on the Stand-up Paddleboard was pretty nice, it has become an excellent Wednesday afternoon pastime. I feel that it can become a good workout, but mainly it’s just super relaxing to cruise around Tempe Town Lake. It is unbelievable how many buildings are being built along the lake, 20 years ago when I moved to Phoenix it was a dry riverbed!

I wore the earphones today and rocked my AC/DC playlist, ripe for digging in. I definitely need to get some good technique, I feel like the main limiter in it being a cardio workout instead of just pleasure is my poor paddling stroke, so any knowledgeable tips are appreciated! Perhaps I should watch some YouTube videos. Fortunately for me, the people who’s totally awesome pics of paddling around made me want to try it are gong to start paddling around soon .

#FloatinAround

There was some actual going where I wanted!

TTL Paddle #3

Effort #2, so much better than the first time battling the wind.

TTL Paddle #2

This mess was my first SUP time, because I had decided to go and just because the winds are gusting to 25 ain’t no thing. apparently…

SUP #1
#FloatinAround

SUP

Always in need of an afternoon, post-work summer activity I decided to get a Standup Paddleboard. While the first experience on Tempe Town Lake was more of an exercise in stubbornness, the 2nd time was super fun. The first time I had 20+ mph winds, the next time pretty calm. The Garmin track will show the difference! Fun so far, stories to come…

First time fighting the wind. (Click the pic)

The second time, so much better! (Click the pic)