Went out this morning and paddled about 12 miles on my local lake with the wind roaring. It was a great chance to practice edging to keep my rudderless/skegless boat on course. It brought up some questions though:
- When holding an edge, I’m dropping my inside knee and lifting with the outside knee. I’m also making a “C” with my torso, bringing my head over near my outside shoulder to keep weight over the center of the boat. Is this correct? Not sure what I look like, but it did not feel as smooth as the dudes in the instructional videos make it look.
- Keeping good torso rotation going while holding an edge is tough for me. Any advice, or will this just come with additional practice and comfort being on edge?
- What should my feet be doing to help with the torso rotation while boat is on edge? I assume pushing on the stroke side as normal, but wasn’t sure about the inside foot (dropped knee side) as the pressure is different.
- In gusty wind, is it better to edge agressively to counteract the strong gusts or maintain a less aggressive edge and “counteract” the gusts as they come? In general is it better to have an ongoing less agressive edge or to edge less frequently but more agressively?
Thanks for your thoughts? p.s. - my obliques and abs hurt.