To Surf With or Without Booties 

So, as most of you know, I’m a Santa Cruz surfer, which means the water is about 50 -58 degrees. A wetsuit is a must because of things like hypothermia. What are not always used are booties and gloves, your feet and hands might get cold but nothing extreme will happen. 

So the other day, while I was doing some yoga stretches and dry pop ups it dawned on me; I can feel every part of my foot. I haven’t surfed without booties in Santa Cruz in a long time, and my booties tend to be extra thick and padded. Great for ankle support, but not great for feeling your feet.

So, today was a surfing day. The swell was fantastic! 5-6 feet and most beaches, long period swell ans chunky powerful waves. We’re gonna get hit with an XXL swell by end of the weekend (maybe even Mavericks will happen next week). With the weather 65 degrees, I decided to go without booties. I wanted to see if it hurts or helps my surfing ability. 

Guess what? Totally did better without the booties. Of course the water was freezing, but I could really turn into the wave. And not to mention after surfing my feet were freezing! Guess that’s why Uggs were invented 😁

~Namaste 

Scrappy Surfing Yogi 

Welcome to the home gym

About three months ago, we bought a weight machine and an elliptical machine. Our reasoning was since my husband and I both work from home, having a home gym would be less than monthly gym memberships and we don’t have to leave to work out.

It did take us a while to set up, since we had to do some extreme cardboard box removing, but it is finally all done. I honestly don’t use the weight machine, I like free weights, but I have been using the elliptical on a regular basis.

My favorite thing of our home gym is the tv my husband installed. Now really no excuse not to exercise.

My workout lately has consisted of cardio or hill workouts and watching surf movies on the regular. As for yoga, I practice inside the house because the garage floor is concrete and that hurts in yoga practice.

Readers, do you like to watch tv or listen to music while working out?

~Namaste

Scrappy Surfing Yogi

In a terrible habit

I have never been a great sleeper, always dealing with some sort of insomnia or disrupted sleep pattern. Lately, I have been in a terrible habit of getting up in the middle of the night, going to the couch and watching T.V. or surf movies for a couple of hours.

Last night was the worst night of it all. After a very long surf session in the late afternoon and some nighttime yoga, I fell asleep around 10 pm. Then, I was up around 1 pm, and couldn’t fall back asleep until like 5 am. This morning my body and mind are exhausted.

I seem to get the worst of this type of sleep disruption when I workout, surf or practice yoga later in the day. I always thought exercise should tire me out, but it doesn’t seem to do that.

I will admit, sometimes when I get up to watch T.V. or movies, I rather enjoy it, especially if I don’t have a schedule the next day. But, now being an adult, I always have something that needs to be done to be productive.

Anyone else deal with disrupted sleep patterns?

~Namaste

Scrappy Surfing Yogi

Last week in Review

In my previous post, I wrote that last week I was going to get back into the swing of my routine, and I very much did.

I started on Monday, surfing at a spot I hadn’t surfed in quite a few months. It tends to be a more intermediate spot in the Winter, and I was excited to see what my new Locus Surfboard was made of. It was on Monday that I took the longest and biggest wave of my life, and the board did fantastic! She is so fast, I love it! The pic below doesn’t do the waves that day justice, but it does show how nice the waves were.

I also knew after that epic ride, my ankle had enough for the day. I could feel it instantly start to swell within my bootie, but it was worth it.

On Tuesday, my ankle still was a little swollen so I decided to try out my balance board to strengthen some ankle support. Also, the wave report for Wednesday was going to be good, so I wanted to rest before a long surf session.

Wednesday came and along with it came excitement. My ankle was feeling better, my wetsuit was clean and the forecast was around 70 degrees. I usually arrive at the beach before the tide drops in order to get get the best spot in the lineup, and I happened to snap a picture of what the waves looked like at higher tide. I was beyond excited! 

I surfed for hours in perfect tide conditions. I had some great rides and some not great rides, but I always love learning what a new board is made of. Its always fun for me to try new pop up styles and new foot positions in conditions like this.

After surfing for hours, yet again my ankle had enough. I knew I needed some yoga in general, so I did about and hour of a yoga session at home.

The rest of the week was full of holidays celebrations with the family, and unfortunately taking care of our sick dog Kokoa. 

She’s doing a lot better now after a vet visit, some antibiotics and a lot of sleep.

I’m excited to start this week of surfing again. Surf conditions will be smaller but it’s always good to just paddle. I also have a couple of yoga sessions planned. Should be a very productive week.

As always you can follow me on Instagram at ScrappySurfingYogi 😁

~Namaste

ScrappySurfingYogi

Recharging this week

This past few weeks have been hectic. Between work and life, I have had little time to recharge. Sure, I have gotten in some surfing but not as much as I like. And I haven’t been able to practice yoga. Not being able to practice yoga or surf as much as I would like is really taking it’s toll.

This coming week, I have decided to recharge my mind, body and soul. I have planned 5 days of surfing and some yoga to rest and recharge. My husband even made me a rinse kit for my recharge week. See the pic below.

I’m excited to take a week to myself. Readers, what do you do to recharge?

~Namaste

Scrappy Surfing Yogi 

Lets talk weak ankles

Weak ankles are nothing new to me. Having been a tennis player, rolling your ankle is very common. At an early age, I learned what a sprained ankle feels like and how important tennis shoes were. The better the shoes, the more your ankle was stabilized which decreased your chances of rolling your ankle on the court.
However, I have seemed to forget my ankle awareness in the last couple of weeks. Lately, when I have been running or working out, I have noticed that my ankles are very flexible, and to anyone that surfs, runs or practice yoga, ankle strength and stability is very important.

So fast forward to this morning; early this morning. I woke up out of a deep sleep to take the dog outside. As I was walking down my stairs, my ankle rolled and I fell onto my landing. Now, it’s only two little stairs so I didn’t fall far, more embarrassing than anything. My first thought, as with anything I injury, is I broke my ankle. After getting up, I noticed that wasn’t the case, just an old fashioned rolled ankle.

As I sit here writing this post and elevating my ankle, I couldn’t help but wonder if I’m doing everything I can for ankle strength. After some Google searching, I am not even doing exercises for ankle strength. I found some single leg exercises to start incorporating into my daily routine.

And just to add, I wouldn’t say I’m a clumsy person, but rather a person who goes barefoot a lot and therefore that increases your chances of foot injury. My grandfather always did tell everyone to put on shoes 😁.
Readers, do you strengthen your ankles? If you do what exercises do you practice?

~Namaste

Scrappy Surfing Yogi

Work Travel Woes

Most of us have experienced traveling for work. Lately, I have been traveling a lot, driving a lot, and just overall working A LOT. I have been to multiple states, multiple hotels, and living out of a suitcase.

I’m sure other people have the same problem I’m having: how do I keep a workout routine/yoga routine while traveling?  Obviously, surfing is out of the question, unless I am in a city where there is ocean, but I usually don’t travel to places where I could surf.

Working out is equally as hard as surfing depending on the hotel accommodations. Most of the hotels I stay in don’t have a gym, not to mention it’s hard enough to sleep during business travel.

So, I was wondering followers, how do you keep your workout routines/yoga routine while traveling? I would love to know!

~Namaste

Scrappy Yogi