Welcome to the last challenge of 2021 and the first challenge of 2022. We’re calling this the Base-Building Challenge and its focus is on time on the water or in training. Recognizing the value of aerobic base to successful paddling and the fact that many of you live in areas that aren’t so paddling friendly in the winter were inviting you to keep track of your hours of aerobic/cardiovascular training and strength training as well. Were not making it paddling equivalent and want you to track your cardio hours separately, but we do want you to share them with us. After all, if you end up logging 100 or 200 or 300 hours of cardio work between now and the end of the challenge, it’s a pretty safe bet you’re going to have a great year on the water.
This challenge runs from December 3rd and ends March 13th and, since our team challenge was so successful last winter, we’re making it a team challenge as well. If you choose you can join forces with others and record team totals in miles/km paddled and total cardio hours. A few years back, we saw some pretty cool, multinational teams comprised of people from all over the paddling map. We had teams totaling distances that saw them paddling the equivalent distance from the US east coast or Australian gold coast to Hawaii. We also had paddlers from warm climates adopt paddlers from colder climates. The thing we heard from everyone was that it was a great way to get to know others better so, in the interest of paddling through the waters to friendship, we thought wed repeat this aspect of the challenge again this year. You don’t have to team up with anyone if you don’t want to, but for those that are interested, it is a great way to add to the fun of the challenge. Don’t be shy. If you don’t have a team introduce yourself and let people know you’re looking for people to paddle with and they’ll adopt you!
We continue to be blown away by the paddling posts and stories you share and love seeing people share their passion for being on the water and making paddling a central part of their active and healthy lives. We recognize that one of the best things about paddling isn’t just being on the water, it’s the people that we meet doing it. This group has been amazing for introducing people and fostering friendships and with all of your active participation long may it continue!
So here’s a quick summary of the challenge:
Winter Base Building Challenge
- The Facebook Paddle Challenge Group is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/paddlechallenges
- Log your time paddling each day and track your totals. Time is the focus
- The goal is to get on the water and build base fitness so 2022 is a successful paddle season
- Concurrently log the hours of strength and cardio work you do and share them as well. This is still a paddling challenge and we don’t want you adding your cardio or strength totals to your paddling totals. They are quite different, but strength and cardio are important for paddling success so please share them as well.
- Team up with others and combine your totals. Pick a fun destination to paddle to and share your progress with the group
- Post your results as TIME: Paddle/100, and Strength/100, Cardio/100
- Post a photo and tell us about your paddle or workout
- Starts December 3rd and ends March 13th
- We will be awarding double points for races you attend during this race
- The challenge ends the week after the Treasure Coast Paddle Battle, so we’re organizing a 100-challenge meetup in Fort Pierce for some warm paddling, surf, and food. https://paddleguru.com/races/TreasureCoastPaddleBattle
It’s a privilege to share what we love doing with all of you and to have you share your paddling experience with us. All the best for a healthy, happy and successful 2022. See you on the water!
The Paddle Monster Team
ABOUT THE PADDLE MONSTER 100 DAY CHALLENGE
The group is a very simple Facebook group, based and focused on 100-day paddle challenges. It provides virtual training pals. It is free. You send a Facebook request to join. You must at some point try or complete one of the challenges to be a member, no watchers. Sometimes the challenges are easy, most times they’re not. They are not physician-designed or endorsed. You won’t be voted off the island if you become sick or injured, go on vacation, or bruise your paddle bone. It is a peer-to-peer connection that’s meant to be free of advertising, marketing, political and religious views except for a few messages for its sponsor, Paddle Monster. It is simple and easy and all about accomplishment. It’s not a yard sale page, dating site, or chat room. It’s Facebook so personal information is encouraged only offline. We post our progress and pictures and cheer each other on. We push and pull and prod each other onto our fullest potential. We are relentless in our heartfelt enthusiasm as we develop real and genuine connections.
The 100 Paddle Challenge is all about paddling out loud, racing to the top as both an individual and as a group. Every mile, every hour, every paddle stroke is a successful journey.
Remember this is free, but you’ve got to play to participate, no watchers. It’s simple. It’s easy. No complaints or whiners. Don’t like it, don’t do it. It’s supposed to be FUN.