Sometimes, you just have to mix it up with your surfing workout. This day was our second time out trying to dial in the right wake. While we were working on that, we took a few cracks at it.
By the end, my legs were toast! Funny how a few dozen bottom turns and off the tops will wear you out.
When we talk about building long term strength and muscle memory, it's all about repeating a motion (correctly) over an extended period of time until our brain skips a step. When learning something new, the brain takes two steps to get the body to react. Over time, through perfect repetition, it reduces that to one step.
This is most likely a human adaptation for survival - the brain is realizing that the things we do repetitively might be important so it tries to speed it up.
Unfortunately, with surfing, we get few chances to repeat a motion. That's why workouts like this, skateboarding, snowboarding, and other similar environments provide us with this chance to repeat a motion over and over again. Are wavepools the future of surfing? Maybe not all of surfing, but definitely for technique and practice.
Last point I want to make - most people quit their workout routines shortly after starting. Why? It gets hard!
Enjoy to the burn. Meaning, enjoy the struggle, take satisfaction in how much working out sometimes sucks. You'll have to take this mindset from time to time this to get through it. Then, when you're done, you'll feel great about the fact that you completed it. Use this as motivation for next time.
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