Well those of you that are paddlers may have heard of it. It is a race held in march every year that runs roughly 300 nautical miles from Tampa bay down the west coast through the 10,000 islands and the widerness waterway. Finally finishing at Key Largo.
I have been talking about doing the race for the past 5 years but after relizing that paddling is my #1 passion I have decided to start a return to the hobby on a competative scale once again. I used to compete nationally but got burnt out since i was literally training, guiding, competeing or runing boats in my buisness for 6 years straight. I then switced to the fun side of paddling by doing trips rec style. So now I am in a season of my life where doing this race is calling me more then ever. I am looking at it as a personal challenge and am going to try to make the 300 miles in 6 days. I do not expect to win. Just finishing this is victory
So right now I am in the process of planning a course of action. I started with a full physical w blood work etc and I got the nod from my doc. I am now organizing equipment and will start training in 2 weeks. Over the next several months leading up to the race I will need to organize a support system that meets with in the race rules of it being a nonsupported race with the exception of family and friends meting you at the check points along the route for moral support. These check point as anywhere from 60 to 100 miles apart!
I am also planing to make my run a run for charity and am leaning to water for life. So I will be Also starting a dialog with those folks to help raise awareness and $.
Here is a link to the Water tribe web site to get some more info if your interested.
And a video of the race from a sea pearl 21 perspective. A long you tube but worth the watch if you have the time. sea pearl 21 race perspective