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Clearing the monster out from under my bed


Monday, June 18, 2012

Halfway through my first season kayaking I got a painful dose of reality about my abilities
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The experience I had in 2010 was so traumatic - my first bad day on a river ever - that it was crazy how fearful I became. It took a month for me to really get my nerve back.

I did get my nerve back and went on to run more rivers that year.

I lost my second season to a snowboard injury.

I'm happy to report that this past weekend I returned to that river and ran it twice. There were a couple of combat rolls, but no swimming. And despite my disproportionate fear on the first run, I hit most of my lines and had a very good time, with good friends.

Here are some websites about where this took place:
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I've run harder things since then. But THESE PARTICULAR rapids had kicked my butt and assumed a terrifying status in my memory that was far out of proportion for my current experience and abilities.

I'm so glad to have run them again, and established for myself that I now have the experience and abilities to run them. It's like exorcising a monster from out of my closet or under my bed.

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TENACIOUSTIGER 6/28/2012 11:04PM

    wow you are amazing loved the story, my monsters were about walking down corridors that seem like a skating rink, at work. I am now back to striding down the hall at work, but it has taken almost 18 mths to do so mentally not physically. I have a lot of sympathy for car accident victims it must be really hard to drive again after a crash, You are an extremist

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MINSOSTER 6/22/2012 12:30PM

    This gives me hope that I will be able to conquer a monster of my own. While downhill skiing in January 2011 my equipment didn't feel like it was fitting the way it should and the tension on the bindings was set too light so I kept dropping a ski. I told the group I was with that I was going to head in and I would meet them for lunch so we could head back out together after. I allowed them to talk me into one more run. This time when I dropped a ski I had a big fall injuring my pelvis that still flares up today. That ended my ski season for 2011. It took me a couple of trips to work my way out of the green runs and haven't been back to that bigger hill yet, but I plan to get back on it next season.

Congratulations on the progress you have made!

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DDOORN 6/19/2012 8:50AM

    THAT'S the way to NAIL those monsters! Way to SPARK! :-)

Don

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PATTILYNN224 6/19/2012 7:52AM

    You are amazing!

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KAYOTIC 6/18/2012 11:56PM

    good job! I find a similar experience with some of the trails we mountain bike, I'm able to ride much more than I have in the past, pushing past the fear is a good thing!

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WATERMELLEN 6/18/2012 8:41PM

    That's terrific: you stared 'em down!!

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TAMPATINK67 6/18/2012 7:37PM

    The US Whitewater Center is located here in Charlotte - I use the grounds for hiking... But the rafting and kayaking look very tempting!!!

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RG_DFW 6/18/2012 4:50PM

    Good for you

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VHALKYRIE 6/18/2012 4:47PM

    Glad you conquered that river! I admire you for going back to defeat it!

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FIT-HEALTHY1 6/18/2012 4:33PM

    At least you didn't give up completely. I am glad you were able to conquer that monster! Bravo!!

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GONEWLIFE 6/18/2012 4:32PM

    good for you !

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