Welcome to my Blog—I have probably paddled more Murray km than anyone else over the past 25 years, and as a result of a combination of experience and trial and error, I have accumulated quite a few useful tips which I would like to share with the paddling community.
In my opinion I believe nothing beats time in the boat—I suggest a minimum of two reasonably long paddles a week in the period leading up to the event, with an aim to paddle 4–5 times a week in the last 4 weeks leading up to the Marathon.
The majority of experienced paddlers wear paddling shorts and either a Lycra or thermal long sleeved top. I have always used thermals and find it amazing how they can wick the sweat away and provide sun protection, yet keep you warm in winter.
Cotton clothing is generally not advised.
Sun protection is vital and I have seen many paddlers get in strife, because they failed to have a proper plan. My Plan consists of:
- Spraydeck / Sunshade
- Paddling Top