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5th March:
-Fried breakfast.
-Water high, cold, syrupy.
-Practice run obstructed by HPP kids; near capsize gate 9 (in the middle of the V that comes down after the pineapple rock) with child <1 boat length behind me preventing break-in at the right place on the flow. Gates 18-20 (after whoosh) too full, not attempted, just needed to get OFF. Arrived 8:30, they arrived 8:45 and leapt on while I was doing course walk.
-Run 1: Asked for extra time because Dhanuja, C1M, fast, on home course was behind me. Gate 9 nailed. Got to gate 18, whistled off as Dhanuja came down. Got as far out of the stream as I could, paddle stuck in tree, couldn't disentangle except by going downstream; missed last 3 gates. Crying too much to ask for rerun.
-Run 2: Asked for extra time as in let me get out of sight before setting him off; starter and pre-start just sneering, no sign of acknowledgement but was talking at same volume as they could hear me before. Got to gate 18, broke out late (confidence; had not had chance to even try this gate without somebody right up my arse yet), saw Dhanuja 4 gates behind me. Went back up and got 18 (up), went past 19. Went back for 19, missed 20. Saw Dhanuja about to come down for 18, gave up, went to finish. Got changed before I realised I should ask for a rerun now because I hadn't had a single proper run. Couldn't be bothered to put wet kit back on, went to hotel.

6th March:
-Did course walk in dark with torch the night before so I could just drive in and get on.
-Woke up to heavy snow falling. Decided to withdraw and get my money and Sunday back and go home in case the snow came across and made my street impassable.

Lessons learned:
1) Practice coming off a V above the first wave (gate 18), generally, then at Stone, then at Stone in high water. Work on cold water gasp reflex and moving water roll first because I doubt anybody will come with me.

2) Stone either cheat or are stupid in an alarmingly specific way. Jack R also got caught up by child behind in plastic boat who missed 10 gates and went straight down - in div 3. Ringer? Not sure what to do about this. Can you complain to jury after event? Are jury their mates who will just laugh in my face? What outcome could be achieved? Outcome I want is for them to be fair in future.

3) Cannot practice in morning at Stone unless they are forced to do official practice runs from above or HPP dominance of river time is broken up (try this, but make spare plan assuming their mates are in charge and have too much influence for this to work). Can turn up evening before and practice when they've put the course up, involves Friday afternoon off work and getting a set of kit wet but is doable with input of money and time.

Actions:
-Practice breaking out before 1st wave - get Mike to show me at Marple, then go to Stone and try it
-Work on what happens when I capsize so I can do this safely(ish)
-Get more wet shoes, more underlycra
-Turn up Friday afternoons before Stone to practice on course when it is set up.

Date: 2016-03-07 03:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] venta.livejournal.com
Bah. Sorry to hear it didn't go as well as it could have gone - sounds like the organisation and running of it could have been better! Glad that you at least seem to have pulled some actions out of it, preventing it being a complete waste of a weekend.

Also, snow! We didn't have any, and I love snow. Apparently it hailed briefly, but I was in the bath and missed it.

Date: 2016-03-07 09:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] feanelwa.livejournal.com
I am reliably informed that snow is a pile of utter shit when you are on crutches, so be glad.

Date: 2016-03-07 09:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] venta.livejournal.com

Gosh yes, I don't think I'd go out in it at present :) I learned the hard way yesterday that wet, tiled floors are pretty slippy for crutches.

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