With only one day left before the 24 hour event, I wanted to go over one of the biggest obstacles for this event; the mind. This has been an important focus point for me leading to the event, and I wanted to try and put it into words for people to understand. The mind is very powerful, it’s a resource you can draw from to succeed, or can be a cumbersome burden if not utilized.
My first inspiration to fortify mental endurance is looking to individuals that have accomplished a more staggering task. I look to these people, whether I know them or not, as almost a milestone as to what is humanly possible. Looking to someone that has, for example, bicycled across a country for 48 hours with no break, or a special forces unit staying alert in a combat zone for 70+ hours, and even other paddlers who have done this event, gives me the confidence that a 24 hour paddle at a high speed is well within the limits of the human body.
My primary inspiration has been Chris Bertish travelling across the Atlantic Ocean. I believe he had just begun his journey when I was preparing our my first 12 hour paddle. I was intimidated by 12 hours and trying to properly map out how to approach it. The stressor for me is its not simply being on the water or the board for that long, but I have a personally set speed I must maintain the entire time. Seeing the conditions he has to conquer for literally months with no support, I was able to suck it up and just do it. Knowing in the back of my mind that someone has gone through so much more physically allows me to believe in myself and keep pushing the limit.
Another key aspect I’ve had in my benefit is patience. It’s not something I’ve trained, but it’s just inherently there. It’s very easy to start at a speed of closer to 10,000 meters per hour, but forcing yourself to conserve energy and take that speed back to 8,000 has been a barrier. The first few hours are torture because of this, so this is where patience plays a vital role. The other aspect of patience is taking breaks for water or food. It’s very easy to think “I need to catch up to speed NOW” and waste energy going too fast. The idea I’ve been training is “increase speed by 1-2 strokes per minutes for the next hour.” It takes a big mental blow being behind pace for that long, but there is no rush trying to play catch up and sprint. My confidence levels are at an all time high, after crushing my last 6 hours at over 8,500 meters hourly (with less food packed than planned on accident), and having my full support team ready to go, it seems easy to be ready for the event. Thanks so much to everyone that has followed these articles and have wished me well, I know I’m going to crush this record… the question now is by how much!!!
Half Moon Bay, Calif. (June 8, 2021) – Chris Bertish, internationally acclaimed speaker, author, big-wave surfer, Guinness SUP World Record holder and Conservationist, has just embarked on the Transpacific Wing Project, a solo and unassisted 2,750-mile journey by wing foil across the Pacific Ocean from Half Moon Bay, California to Oahu, Hawaii on Tuesday, June […]
Hello again TotalSUP readers! It’s SUPerman back with a new paddle tip. This is another simple tip that will help you maximize your body to paddle better. Many of these paddle tips are going to be on better muscle engagement and postural cues to help athletes. Let’s talk about hip engagement and how crucial it is to SUP success. Now, I’ve talked to a […]
Hello again TotalSUP readers! It’s SUPerman back with a new paddle tip. This is another simple tip that will help you maximize your body to paddle better. Many of these paddle tips are going to be on better muscle engagement and postural cues to help athletes. Today, let’s take a step back from our stroke and just look at where we are holding the […]
Hello again TotalSUP readers! It’s SUPerman back again with a new paddle tip. This one is another simple tip that will help you maximize your body to paddle better. Many of these paddle tips are going to be on better muscle engagement and postural cues to help athletes. Today, let’s look at the reaching phase of the stroke. Reaching is […]
Hello again TotalSUP readers, it’s SUPerman back with another paddle tip! This one isn’t exactly a “right or wrong” type of paddle tip… more of something to think about and experiment with. Today we are talking about stroke speed (the time and length your paddle is in the water), and understanding your boards glide. The […]
Hello again TotalSUP readers! It’s SUPerman back again with an other paddle tip. This one is a simple tip that will help you maximize your body to better paddle. Many of these paddle tips are going to be on better muscle engagement and postural cues to help athletes. Today we are talking about upper back […]
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Hey TotalSUP readers it’s Robert Norman AKA SUPerman back with another paddle tip. This one is a really easy one to implement into your stroke. Simply looking at your paddle blade will let you know you if you are doing this. I’m talking about having a clean catch. The catch is the initial entry of […]
Hey TotalSUP readers! It’s Robert Norman AKA SUPerman here with a fun paddle tip. Today’s subject matter is beach starts. This is applicable for a race situation…or just trying to look smooth when you go on your next paddle adventure. The first clip is primarily how many people look, very timid, cautious and unprepared. A slow […]
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