Two Saturdays ago now, with some nice flows on Clear Creek, my marathon run from Lawson to Golden was unfortunately cut a little short. Up to the point of my swim, I felt great and the day was pretty awesome. Everything was juicy and fun and we were right on schedule. My entry to the Narrows was smooth, and I hit my boof on Mr Bill- YES, I was cheering in my head! A little premature... A moment of pause cost me the marathon. I was a little further right then I had planned in order to drive left, briefly contemplated the eddy on the right but didn't commit fast enough and got a little spun around. The Hand hole got me, my roll failed, and as I pulled my skirt I remember thinking I should still be trying to roll. This was one of my top 3 worst swims ever. Thanks to a root I lunged for, I finally got out on river left. Quite humbling I must say. I was once again impressed with the power of the water. My lesson: Try, try, try again and ROLL UP! Or just don't flip...or cheer too soon...or read about swimming on MB...or slightly blow off the runout while scouting...lots of lessons.
The first rule about swimming is don't swim.