Week 2 - Day 3 - 891 days remaining

Posted on: Wed, 2019/04/17 - 17:53 By: kevin.klop

Have you ever been so excited about something that you leaped into it, putting your heart and soul into it, so enthused and blindered, that you went at it too hard? In some ways that describes my experience this morning.

I was doing my physio this morning prior to actually going to the therapist. Monday she had given me some new exercises to do and I decided to start with those. Apparently I put a little too much "oomph" in "oomphatic" (emphatic), because by the time I was done, it felt like I had cramps running along the outside of my hips. Not a lot of pain, and certainly less than I've felt when doing training things years and years ago, but it was something that made me stop and think, "hmmmmm... am I doing this right?"

Fortunately, I had an opportunity to talk to the therapist today.  After I recounted the experience, she just looked at me and shook her head.  So now, by therapist's orders, I have to somewhat moderate my "oomph" and go a little easier on myself.  I've never been told THAT by a trainer before!

Because I'm going to be sailing for the weekend, we talked over how and what exercises to do in the confines of the boat.  Fortunately, bringing the exercise band (a glorified rubber band/exploded balloon) is easily done, and I can substitute some of my other things (like my sweater to use instead of the squishy ball).  Some of the exercises that require I lay out at full length might be a bit more difficult to do in the confines of the sailboat, but I'll do what I can.  I definitely can do the (hated!) stretches, so at least those will continue.

You would think that for a 3 day trip, it would be easy to pack.  However, it's likely I'll be sleeping in the salon with little or no storage (not that there's a lot of storage for personal items on a sailboat anyway).  The weather is unsettled so right now here's what I have as my "master list" that I have to winnow down a bit:

  1. Rain gear (rain jacket and pants)
  2. Rain/Sun hat
  3. Pants (one pair)
  4. Shirt (two pairs)
  5. Socks (as many as I can bring up to three pairs - wet feet is miserable)
  6. Deck shoes
  7. Warm gloves
  8. Warm jacket and/or sweater since the rain jacket is a simple shell
  9. Underwear
  10. Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap.  Will either use the soap or simply skip washing my hair for the three days)
  11. Sleeping bag
  12. Glasses & Sunglasses (prescription)
  13. Checkbook
  14. Passport (Boat's in the U.S., I live in Canada)
  15. Cell phone
  16. Car keys (although difficult to leave without those)

Then comes the actual sailing gear:

  1. PFD
  2. Safety Tether
  3. Sailing Gloves
  4. Knotmeter
  5. Sextant
  6. iPad & GPS
  7. Flashlight
  8. Knife
  9. Log book (I really should get an electronic log instead of paper, but I like the paper ones...)
  10. note book
  11. Study book (for the around Vancouver trip)
  12. Reference books (for celestial navigation practice)

And that's just too much "stuff", so what to leave behind?  I suppose the sextant and reference books can go.  Depending on the weather forecast, some of the other clothing can go or be substituted (for instance, I might be able to forego the rain jacket and use the warm jacket instead, might leave the knotmeter at home, though I'd rather play with it this weekend than fumble with it on the long trip).

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