50km – You have 72 Hrs to get this done (3 days unlike in April- however you can still knock it off in 1 go )
This challenge should excite and scare you, a little bit of belief that you can do it as well as a healthy respect to know that you could potentially fail makes this a real challenge to bite off.
This doesn’t have to be downwind only, you could paddle to a great place from where you intend to finish while the wind is low, then wait for the sea breeze to kick in and downwind it back to the car. The 50 km must be done within the same day. Having the chance to feed up on energy and a bit of lunch/ snacks etc is ok.
This vast distance needs to be attempted safely and should include safety steps so loved ones know where you will be and when you are returning, as well as having another crazy buddy along for the ride to make sure you are safe. If you can’t find someone to join you, it may be worth designing a course that allows multiple options for pulling into safety early should you end up in trouble.
Training for a 50 km is achievable but is a larger time investment. The challenge is to establish an efficient stroke and then develop your capacity to get more from each stroke and your ability to manage energy so you can finish with some sense of form and retain speed in maybe the last 5km when your body will be very fatigued. The secret to this is pacing slowly at the start of your challenge.
Doing a combo of slow paddles for time on your craft in addition to various small tests 18-20 km will help you plan your energy needs and speed to use over the time.