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H2o Dreams Presents: Taming the Mental Game

In Association with Atlanta Whitewater Club: Taming the Mental Game presented by Chris Wing of H2o Dreams LLC May 6th, 2014 – 7:00P FREE TO THE PUBLIC Garden Hills Community Club House “It never gets easier, you only go faster” –Greg Lemond I read this quote when I actually started to bike to help cross-train,…

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We Do Not Conquer the River

Words and pictures provided by Brian Green, Chile trip participant from 2014. We do not conquer the river This is a phrase I hear often, and it’s one that have to agree with the most.  Too often, we feel comfortable on the rivers we paddle most and it can, in a way, give us that…

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The Nitty Gritty

I almost swam at the bottom of Nantahala Falls this past weekend. It took me about seven or eight times and a nasty drag over some rocks before I finally rolled up. I wasn’t thinking about swimming- honestly, it seldom crosses my mind when I’m upside down- but that last roll attempt I knew would…

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Choosing Fear

By Lydia Cardinal What makes this worthwhile? What makes the swims tolerable if not rewarding as a learning experience, what makes the humility, the vulnerability, the unknowable consequence worth swallowing? I am learning how to kayak. For those of you that know me, this has been a long time coming. I have parents, friends, and…

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The Folly of Reaching for Perfect

It is a common sight among beginner and intermediate paddlers: the shake of the head below a rapid, the swell of embarrassment being off line and catching the slight edge or worse: the look of panic as they flip over and hopefully flip back up. It happens to the advanced paddlers as well but generally…

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Keep the Drive Alive! Preparing for Competition

author competing in first green race, photo: crystal gustin Before you even prepare to compete you have to justify to yourself why you are even competing in the first place.  A lot of this thought process will help you determine how you will go about your training and mental preparation for competition. For example, is…

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