Back in August when the weather was warmer and the thought of swimming — or avoiding the water entirely, in my case — was compeletely out of the question, Jackie asked me if I wanted to go stand up paddleboarding with her. Of course I said yes. Jackie was feeling a bit down because the Danforth teachers were planning a SUP outing on a day Jackie was teaching at MYD. So to make up for the fun she would miss, we tried to get a group out ourselves. But in the end, it was just her and I who could make it. Having been surfing in Costa Rica, standing on a giant surfboard would be a breeze. Right?
I took Jackie’s 4pm vinyasa class on Saturday when the plan was decided. Jackie was teaching the 8am on Sunday, which I took, then the plan was to hit the open water afterwards. But we made one very big mistake just then: we decided to drive to the Harbourfront Centre docks. Why? I’m not entirely sure why. Finding parking in the city’s tourist summer hub had bad news written all over it. We drove around for what felt like hours looking for parking. And parking that wasn’t going to cost and arm and a leg. Parking fees are outrageous!
So after this moment of torment Jackie suggested we reconvene in the afternoon and bike to the spot instead. A much better plan. I then proceeded to bike to Erin’s place, played with the kitties, hung out at the nearby coffee spot for breakfast I was taking full advantage of the empty house and spent the morning like a Corktowner. Plus Erin lives so much closer to the Harbourfront dock yard than I do.
I meet Jackie at 1:30pm, we got our lifejackets and boards and proceeded to the lake. One thing I quickly learned is that stand-up paddlboarding is not as easy as it looks. And it doesn’t matter how much yoga you do. My legs were wobbling all over the place I I did not feel strong in my core at all! You may remember guest Fit Girl JK recapping her SUPing experience. I sure as hell wasn’t as graceful as Jen.
But another thing I discovered Mother Nature can play a big role in your performance. The day Jackie and I went the water was super choppy. It was winding and the extra water traffic of sail boats, kayakers, and speed boats didn’t make it any easier for me. I also had the fear of god in me for falling in the water. But being the last weekend of the summer I can’t blame anyone for not wanting to be near water. With Erin gone to the cottage for the weekend I knew she wouldn’t be impressed I went SUPing without her, but I too needed to do something fit (from Erin’s dailymile updates I saw she was being very good for her birthday week) I needed to be good too. And I knew if I didn’t go with Jackie this day, it would never happen.
Stand-up paddleboarding is a lot of fun. Once you get the hang of it. Jackie and I even rocked some yoga moves out on the water. We had to show off a bit. Even if it was only for a few seconds!
Next time I will go to any other part of Lake Ontario that wasn’t where we were. Not that the service was bad because it wasn’t at all. Jackie and I were free spirits. We didn’t have an instructor or a guide. Somehow, I must have looked like a pro. Fake it to make it, I suppose.
Jen seemed to have gotten it right with SUPGirlz. Next summer I will give these gals a call.