Now I feel guilty if I don't roll EVERY time I'm in my kayak!!!
Even when I'm just out for a nice relaxing quiet paddle where the odds of a dunking are almost nill I have to wear my wetsuit or clothes I don't mind being wet in and have enough insulating to keep me warm when wet. I can't have my car keys in my pocket in case I have to wet exit, cheap sunglasses, cord on the hat and on and on.
I have to laugh at myself now because the kayaking itself is almost less important than the training for an unplanned dunking. Don't get me wrong, I'm not so obsessed with training that I don't have fun, more like the training has gotten to be more fun than the paddling.
Last night I had a great time crossing Possession Sound from Mukilteo to Whidbey Island (2 1/2 miles or so), swells were big enough to surf on, shoulder height or so for part of the way and enough wind for some whitecaps. I had planned to do some rolling practice when I got to the other side...then I saw the big jellyfish and got spooked so didn't roll there. Crossed back over telling myself I had to roll before I got out but with all the fishermen on the dock and people watching from the shore I was too self consious and didn't want to start a panic and unnecessary "assisted rescue" situation that others have experienced.
The crossing was a blast!!!
So why do I feel like I cheated because I never rolled???
Do I need therapy?