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justsomeguy

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Respectable times ?
« on: October 06, 2020, 05:13:45 PM »
So what's a respectable speed for an average paddler on a 12'6" race/tour board in average conditions over say a 5km distance (min and/or mph)? ... asking for a friend.
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Re: Respectable times ?
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2020, 10:14:33 PM »
For a 5k (3.1 miles) around 55 minutes to 1.05 hrs. 16 to 18 minute miles or 3.8 mph. A race pace is closer to 5 mph.
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Re: Respectable times ?
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2020, 06:03:35 PM »
Thanks for reply. So if the same paddler moves onto a 14' board, does the speed inherently go up some % over same 5k distance just by virtue of being on the longer board?
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Re: Respectable times ?
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2020, 07:29:43 PM »
Not unless the paddler is powerful enough to overcome the greater skin friction and move the board right up to the Froud (wave drag) limit.
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Re: Respectable times ?
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2020, 07:11:23 PM »
I think that an easy to remember milestone in a person's paddling evolution is to be able to cover 5 miles in one hour. That pace won't win you any races, but you probably won't be last, and it will take a fair degree of fitness and at least a halfway passable stroke to achieve it

And yes, changing your board always makes a disappointingly small difference to your average speed. Losing weight and improving fitness and technique are the most effective ways of getting significantly faster.

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Re: Respectable times ?
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2020, 09:02:49 PM »
A big variable too, is the conditions like flatwater lake racing vs open water racing. They are two very different animals. If you can maintain 5 mph in the ocean with swell, chop and quartered wind, that's pretty good. In flat water that's average.
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