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Summer weather once again, with weak dribble for waves.  It was a great morning for the Avon 5k though, and the runners showed up in force. 

Pre-race Jitters

A Brisk Start

5k Plus

 Teams from the Training Room in Avon carried Kettlebells throughout the race.  It certainly was an interesting wrinkle to a jaunt along the beach and a testament to their overall level of fitness. 

A Cooling Station

The vibe along the race route was friendly with everyone cheering each other on.  By mid-morning the last of the racers had cleared the finish line, just in time for the crowds on the beach to swell. 

As a side note, I should have “Surfer Into the Woods Part II” coming along soon.  At last check, Daniel was well along his way.  If you are interested check out Jersey Fresh in my Blogroll.  That guy is a classic.


There is a good chance that we will have a small wave in the water tomorrow morning. I have packed my 7s Superfish in the trunk of my car and I will get a look at it with my morning coffee.  After surfing I intend on bringing the 6’4” Local Motion to the board swap taking place at the Brave New World over Memorial Weekend.    

The shop is generally overpriced, but they have the best selection of gear and clothing in the area.  Check their website out.  The trick is to look for the deals.  I did get my Xcel wetsuit there last summer for 99 bucks.  It was hidden in the back of the racks, so it cannot be all bad. 

The Spring Lake 5 is tomorrow morning too.  I will not be running but it is a great scene.  It always feels like that is the start of summer!

Few people dislike the idea of “cardio” workouts more than me, however cardio is necessary to develop the stamina needed for those long paddles against currents and through rips.  This is challenging enough in warm water, add to it a 6mm wetsuit that weighs 20 pounds when wet, and getting out passed the breakers with the lungs to turn and go on a nice set is extremely difficult. So carido, while being evil is a requirement for the surfer who wants to stay in the game.

You can train your cardiovascular system in a number of ways. Running outside is fine or use a  treadmill when you are out of time.  Anywhere between 2-4 miles on a consistent basis will get the job done for most of us. While this fulfills the purpose of getting a cardiovascular workout, you may also think about playing soccer or basketball instead.  The required starts and stops emulate the dash toward a good wave in energy output.  If you can find a steady tennis partner that is a good way to go as well. 

Remember to make staying fit a priority.  The spill over into your surfing and overall health will come with many rewards.  Who knows, it may make the difference between dropping into the barrel of a lifetime or getting skunked on the inside like Wilbur?