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!


                                                                                                               -Grant






      

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