There is a well known fitness program that used to promote trying a new sport every year.  That program still exists and is going strong, however they have not spoken up as much about the importance of taking up a new sport in recent times.  That is a shame.  Forcing your body to adapt and respond to different stimuli is what in the end will make us better all around athletes.  And did I mention it’s fun trying new sports?  It’s gotta be fun in some way (even if it is slightly demented) or else all the training is not worth it.

I have to give Adam McKenney (shown above surfing a standing wave) huge props for being the man that has worked very hard to put Stand Up Paddle Boarding (or SUP) on the map in this area.  You can’t see it in this photo, but he does have a paddle in his hands.  Donni and I tried it this weekend and had a blast.  Adam dropped us off at Lake Wenatchee and we paddled/floated down to Plain.  This is not a sport that takes any thing other than some balance and core strength to start and try.  You can rent all the gear at Leavenworth Mountain Sports and either try it on flat water or on a mellow river.  Both Donni and I had a blast and will be doing it again in the near future.  This is a great hot day option for the runners, bikers and climbers out there.

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