I attended a Renegade water training session with Coach Davies last week.
After reading TC’s “Tuesdays with Davies” Atomic Dog a few months ago, I decided to incorporate Renegade training into my workouts. The coach’s website listed upcoming seminars to be held in SoCal, Phoenix, and New Jersey. I emailed the coach expressing interest in attending a session. His reply mentioned that he was offering a new seminar that included water training. He explained that paddling out in the surf was an intense workout. It didn’t look so tough in “Blue Crush”, the movie about surfer chicks, I thought. How hard could it be? I signed up for the session and headed for the land of the Beautiful People - Orange County, California.
We met on the beach and Coach Davies explained the basics of paddling out. There is actually a large amount of technique and strategy involved, the goal being to reach the area beyond the breaks without becoming so exhausted you are too tired to ride back in. He also told me what to do if I was about to get smashed by a big wave, which unfortunately, I forgot. We headed out and I found out the coach was right, it is a lot of work to get out past the waves.
After spending an hour making several runs, I finally washed up on the beach exhausted. Your upper body does most of the work, as you would expect, but your core muscles are also working to keep you balanced on the board. My shoulders were sore, but my triceps were really wasted and my legs were shaky.
We then moved to a grassy area and worked with clubbells, a weight vest, and the Indo board. When we were done I felt like every muscle had been worked, yet I had not gone near a gym. I took a hot shower at a nearby 24 Hour Fitness, then had a P+C meal of fish tacos, rice and beans.
Those surfer dudes must be tougher than they look!