Sunday, August 22, 2010
My MR340 Race Update
When I bought a used sea kayak last Christmas, I really wasn't planning on it coming to this, but it certainly has! I was looking for local kayak events, and happened to discover the MR340-the world's longest non-stop river race. I knew this would be an adventure I couldn't pass up, so I registered. The MR340 is rated as one of America's top 40 greatest adventures by National Geographic Magazine. You can read about it here. I have been training since early spring by paddling about 30 miles per weekend on a local lake. I also did one long run on the river itself (at flood stage), and it was a tremendous experience. I've never seen water do some of the things it does on the Mighty Mo'.
Kayaking has already taught me so much about myself, and given me a way to stay in touch with my center and my spirituality. I know that doing this race will be one of those moments in my life where time stands still, and I am forced to go deep within myself. I am looking forward to meeting some incredible people and enduring the wonder and misery alongside them. When I hit the wall, and don't want to keep paddling, I am going to draw courage and ispiration from the people who have shared their stories with me as clients: the soldiers, single-moms and dads, couples fighting to keep their marriages together, those struggling with mental illness and young people struggling to find their way in a challenging and disorienting world. I have learned so much from each one. Thank you.
I will be posting a follow up of the race when it's all said and done. Paddle or Die!