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Submitted: 07-13-2005 by stigk

I am not a competitive kayaker but rather love to sea kayak in remote areas like the upper Amazon or Greenland. Sometimes these trips are in the middle of our cold Midwestern winter. So how do I get in shape for these trips when our lakes and rivers here are covered with ice?

I use the KayakPro SpeedStroke and find that it simulates sea kayaking amazingly accurately if I make my adjustable paddle shaft as long as possible to increase the resistance. (On the advice of the always helpful Grayson Bourne I extended it so that the two halves overlap about 6". Before I bought my Speedstroke I tried all kinds of home-made devices, but this is the way to go!

Now I can both build up my endurance and improve my technique at home before I go.

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