Originally Posted by Caspian
Sorta OT, but Heliodorus - IIRC you were running class II/III a couple years ago when you first posted here. It's pretty cool to see (virtually) someone progress up the ladder. Congrats on a good day at Gore. (I swam at Tunnel on my first/only so far run there several years ago too.)
Hey, thanks for noticing! Yeah, I've had a good year. My hope at the start was to be doing Numbers after the meltoff, but at Paddlefest I ran it at 1800. Scared me out of my mind, but then I started to get over fright a lot more after that.
I say lots of prayers to the river gods when I paddle something hard, telling them I know they're in charge, and I'm just an unworthy bit of flotsam on their water, and I ask them to help me out when they can, and not punish me when I screw up.
One more run down Gore, and I'm ready to call it a season, man. I'm still trying to soak in that it was actually me in that boat.
I know gh will accuse me of blowing the following with my gratitude:
1) Pyranha and the Burn. I've actually named that boat, and kiss it fairly regularly (no tongue)
2) Otterbar Kayak School, which I attended this year.
4) the guys of Pikes Peak Whitewater who promised to catch my yard sales when I stepped up. So far, haven't really needed their services, but hey, I plan on running Gore and Tunnel next time.