Chris in Motivational
, Trip Report on May 8, 2013
I almost swam at the bottom of Nantahala Falls this past weekend. It took me about seven or eight times and a nasty drag over some rocks before I finally rolled up. I wasn’t thinking about swimming- honestly, it seldom crosses my mind when I’m upside down- but that last roll attempt I knew would
Chris in Motivational on July 16, 2012
By Lydia Cardinal What makes this worthwhile? What makes the swims tolerable if not rewarding as a learning experience, what makes the humility, the vulnerability, the unknowable consequence worth swallowing?
I am learning how to kayak. For those of you that know me, this has been a long time coming. I have
Chris in Instruction on May 21, 2012
“When I look at a rapid, I try to assess the state that I will be in when I get to the bottom. If it is not a state that I approve of, then I won’t run it.” – John Wassen, Kayaker’s Little Book of Wisdom, Addison.
We learn many lessons as whitewater
Chris in Instruction on February 16, 2012
It is a common sight among beginner and intermediate paddlers: the shake of the head below a rapid, the swell of embarrassment being off line and catching the slight edge or worse: the look of panic as they flip over and hopefully flip back up. It happens to the advanced paddlers as well but
Chris in Instruction on November 15, 2011
author competing in first green race, photo: crystal gustin
Before you even prepare to compete you have to justify to yourself why you are even competing in the first place. A lot of this thought process will help you determine how you will go about your training and mental preparation for competition.