Tuesday, May 19, 2009
back arched, feet together
Feet together, knees slightly bent so that my thighs rest flatly on the deck, back arched up into a cobra position, shoulders and neck relaxed. With fingers held closely together I stroke deeply with one arm, feeling the pull from the top of the stroke through the strongest part of the stroke in the middle and then exiting cleanly as the other arm begins the stroke. This steady measured and intentional form and rhythm are like a mantra.
BACK ARCHED, FEET TOGETHER. FEET TOGETHER. HEAD UP AND STROKE EVENLY. BACK ARCHED, FEET TOGETHER.
What is surfing with out the paddle? How does my surfing improve without the perfectly balanced paddle form? Proper form over time makes way for strength and endurance. After not having surfed regularly for six years I told myself after the first week back that I would LOVE THE PADDLE. Slowly over three years I have improved. For fitness is cumulative and each session is adding up to where I have achieved some fitness and my thoughts can now focus on improving form. It’s hard to say what aspect of surfing is the most important to me. Undoubtedly though progression is at the top of my list and the better and stronger I am at paddling the better I surf.
The human mind and body can work well together when that is the intention. Ultra marathoner Dear Karnazes once ran over 250 miles without stopping. That’s the distance of more than 10 marathons. How did he achieve such a feat? He did it by taking one step at a time with a mindful intention to reach his goal.
Back arched, feet together, shoulders and neck relaxed. Back arched feet together, stroke and pop up. Down the line. Speed. Kick out. Back arched, shoulders and neck relaxed and one arm follows the other. Stronger each time out. Progressing steadily over time.