Friday, June 19, 2009

Vancouver Island Circumnavigation Record Attempt Ends

Nick Castro has ended his attempt to set a new speed record for kayaking around Vancouver Island after three days due to tendonitis. He began his attempt last Sunday, but on day 2 his left forearm began swelling up. He ended the paddle after suffering more pain on day 3.
He writes on his website, "This is my nightmare… I have developed a good case of Tendinitis on my left forearm. Tendinitis is the inflammation of a tendon due to overuse of the tendon in question. I guess we know where the overuse came from."
He told the Victoria Times-Colonist that there was little point in continuing as he had no chance of breaking the record with his injury. "Even in perfect health, it's hard to break a record," he said. Once his arm is healed, he plans to have another attempt at the record.
His website also has his daily log, and some nice slideshows from his attempt.
While Nick's attempt is over for the time being, Joe O'Blenis continues his prep for his attempt the break the record this September.
The record is 17 days, 4 hours and 49 minutes, held by Sean Morley.

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