In the reservoir kayaking without a Paddle!!! I got this!


1 year ago I knew that it was inevitable that my treadmill would be going away in my tiny Tootling tranquility, so I needed a backup plan for cardio.  Cardio I have found is huge for reworking the neurons in my brain for cognitive issues due to multiple sclerosis.  If you don’t use it you lose it.  This saying is huge for physical and mental for MS I have found.  I always remember this.  So back up plan.  Living by a huge lake while in my apartment, I  have always  loved the water, so a kayak seemed perfect.  I had memories of my past being in a sea kayak in Belize and having strong winds making it difficult to Paddle back to the dock.  So what I got had to give me cardio but not be so difficult to do, or get myself in trouble. I stopped at the Hobie kayack dealer in Lyons Colorado  and found out about Hobie Sport with fins that you pedal and you have the kayak padel for working out your arms and legs! The dealer was doing a demo day to try before buying. PERFECT! This store was amazing! So kind and helpful after I explained about my heat sensitivities, it was a shame they are no longer in business.  The demo day was so fun with a friend from Leadville and another jpining from Greely. MYfriends laughed as I was motoring all over with both arms and legs.  I was in!!! I loved it!

I spoke with Tumbleweed Tiny house company and with checking they confirmed I would be able to hang 70 lbs in my great room by a pully system that i could do myself.  Perfect!

I love the Hobie Sport! In addition to all the other features it has a cart for wheeling or pulling my kayak to the water all 70 lbs 1 mile to the lake.  I figured  it’s all in the name of exercise!

  • 1 year later I was able to lower my kayak down with the help if a friend and it was time for a nice day free if stress to one if the various reservoirs.  I chose Pinewood  as it was higher in elevation. It was already bright Sun a d 63 degrees but I was determined to go kayaking.  Multiple sclerosis  has a way of derailing the best plans because if so many symptoms that could be showing any particular day but always unknown which day for what.  So fums….I am going.  I managed to lift my kayak onto the picnic table the back mazie my truck up and slide my kayak into the bed of the truck.  It didn’t seem on me that I didn’t have to tie her down.  It’s now getting hit enough that my reasoning skills were going down hill.  Finally got the ties open (why is the packaging so difficult?) Tied her down…a bit exhausted but determined.  I wasn’t going to get retailed.  In really needed a fun day!!! Moving and this huge tiny transition has been very stressful.  Off I went!!! As I was going thru our rv park, I asked one of the super nice guys here if he would check my tie down job.  He looked picked up kayak and closed the gate.  OMG!!! WHY DO I OVER COMPLICATE  ALL???

I arrived! Super windy and choppy but I made it this far, I wasn’t going to not get my kayak wet!!! Oh crap!!! I forgot my padel! Good thing firmly turbo fins!

What a amazing day on the water!!! I am so glad that I kept pushing! It was 83 degrees but with the one it was simply amazing and empowering not to get retailed this time.  There are times I have to give in but not this time.
Next challenge, how to get kayak  in truck.  No picnic table! I had made popoye  juice (link yo recipes) that morning.  Good thing! I needed strength to lift 70 lbs into my truck.  I did it!!! FUMS.  SO EMPOWERING! 
IT FEELS SO AMAZING!!! 

SEE THE BLOG OF TAKE ME HIGHER…Which was the ride back home  to Tootling Tranquility and my faithful  sidekicks #8pawsandatiny.

Feel the fear and do it anyways is my motto.  The fear this day was can I? Should I? Am I putting myself in scary situation by myself in a freezing cold reservoir….

Do it anyways and ta

ke precaution to be safe but Do  it!!!

Life is to long not to be happy healthy and active!

I know for many this doesn’t seem to be so huge but the memory of 5 years earlier is still very clear in my mind when there is no way I could have done this.  I have gained so much progress in recovering From the horrible relapse I had in 2011!

I am forever grateful for these moments♡

Never give up!

Katrina 

Categories: multiple sclerosis

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