Laird Hamilton .
Dave Kalama, is pretty much credited with starting this whole stand up paddle thing, and these guys were doing distance paddles way longer than what I'm doing back before any of us even knew SUP existed. So, I didn't hesitate to order Laird's ultimate smoothie pack to boost my caloric intake.
One more thing, MAKE SURE YOU SAVE THE DATE OF JULY 7TH for the Windy City Waterman Paddle with the Pros Party at Windward Boardshop. We'll be hosting Karen Wrenn and Chuck Patterson, my (dare I say?) teammates from the Naish SUP team for an evening of great Moveable Feast food, drinks and SUP discussion, tips and advice. There will be a raffle with some killer prizes from Naish, Windward, O'neill, Kaenon sunglasses and more. Proceeds go to our great charitable causes, the Alliance for the Great Lakes and Common Threads. See you there!
PS I am adding to this post with a quick follow up on my first training session after starting my new nutrition regimen. The consensus: it works! Of course I'll be doing more testing and refining, but today I felt pretty good during my 6-mile sprint. I had my shake in the morning, then a mid-morning snack of an apple and a little pasta salad, then a good lunch, then a smaller 8oz. shake about a half hour before I went to paddle. I felt pretty energized throughout the paddle, actually warming up and improving my pace in the second half (probably could have that pre-workout shake a little earlier). My routine for sprints is to maintain around 85% of my peak heart rate (I wear a monitor) with intervals up to and beyond my peak rate. I did that today and finished with the first signs of fatigue just setting in (clumsy paddle switches, sketchy balance, etc) as I hammered back to the launch (I always like to finish strong). So, after a very good session today I feel like I'm on the right track. Now it's full speed ahead with training for my first race on July 9th in Madison, and of course for the big crossing.