Rafting/ Whitewater Goals
I'm probably going to sound like a complete tool talking about goal setting when it comes to boating, but I am bored and stir crazy waiting for Spring to arrive. I have only had my own boat for 4 years, so as a relative newbie perhaps it is more important. For the last few seasons I have found it helpful - it has kept me on task to progress from class 2 to class 4 rivers. I'm curious if any of you do set goals at the start of the season - rivers you want to run (though many still licking wounds post 4 River and GC lottery), skills you want to obtain, gear you want to buy or make, etc? My goals this season:
1. Actually practice my Swiftwater skills. It seems like clockwork - I take a course, get stoked, promise myself I'm going to practice setting up Z drags, throw bag skills, etc. Then I don't. I am making a commitment that each multi day trip I will at least once pull out all my crap and force the whole crew to join me in reviewing the basics. Same goes for throw bag practice - I'm going to start tossing my kids in on mellow runs near camp and have them (and me) practice.
2. Let my wife and kids row: I admit I have been kind of a dick about this. They all want to row. I let them for 10 minutes and as soon as they make a mistake or the water gets iffy, I take over. I need to mellow out and let them fail (and learn).
3. Chill out/ take more time to absorb the present: I have been so intent on making sure my kids fall in love with boating that I have become somewhat of a perfectionist, getting caught up in wanting the perfect campsite, meal, etc so they have the best time. Well, they officially have fallen in love with boating. It is time for me to mellow out and not stress the little shit.
4. Survive a low water MFS in late September (have permit) without crying once
Alright, thanks for letting me ramble