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Old 11-10-2013   #281
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What's funny is that chasing a boat down something can(or might not) distract you from your own fear, enabling you to paddle it cleaner. I've chased a few boats realizing later that I had a completely different focus during those chases including one over a drop that afterwords kind of freaked me out. Not recommended but an interesting side effect of shifting your focus.

On the river, I can abandon who I am and what I've done. However brief it lasts, while on the river I am nothing important and everything insignificant. I am flotsam, and happy to be so.
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Old 11-11-2013   #282
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...have definitely experienced what Hojo is talking about...if you are the type who tends to worry or overthink things too much launching into chase mode frees you of some of that -you have a mission and things happen is a mixed bag though, good that you instinctually react and just do it reading and running where the boat leads less encumbered by self-doubt, bad in that you could blunder into stuff that should be scouted on an unfamiliar run and exacerbate the situation, or worse...I like chase boating,probably because of that temporary freedom from nerves ...also prefer chase boating if others can help the swimmer.In the event of injury I don 't know first aid /cpr, so on a delegation of duties basis it is better...

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