Well this is take two as the first draft said it didn't like me :o(
Today has been an emotional roller coaster! I was torn to either call the post opening ceremony or I get knocked down but I get up again. I chose the first as you should always finish a day with a smile and thinking positively.
Today we arrived at the river to find it was much higher. At the get in of the classic the water was over a foot higher. Sadly for me, I had one of those days where perhaps I should have stayed in bed. As my boat and I were not friends. Although I tried to put my paddle down it didn't se to do a lot. I felt out of control and went from one wave into another and then into one hole and then another. It was fast and furious and I felt like I was just surviving :o( a half roll at the top of the sprint course, I decided to break out and sit at the side of the river, get my head together, gave myself a real talking too then took off again. By the time I reached the bottom I was emotional, with tears welling up I knew I had to man up.
You know when someone has had a bad run as when you reach the rest of the boys, there is an aire of silence. I sat quietly in the bus and then took some time out for the rest of the morning, whilst the boys paddled. I was very disappointed in myself, I knew I could paddle better and I needed to do some soul searching to get my head in a better place.
I found something to make me smile though ..
Finding dummies in boats make me laugh a lot and reminded me of my work colleagues. I think these dummies going down the rapids may have a harder time than those in the cars!
Then it was time to man up and as the song goes ... I get knocked down but I get up again ... That and a few words of encouragement from a few people back in the UK. One being 'nothing worth it is easy' so true!
So as the boys were still getting ready I got my boat and off I went! Time to get my boat and I back on form and thankfully I did! As I paddled down the waves I smiled...
Then time for a quick dinner as it was opening ceremony night!
Team photo opportunity obviously!
Then I was given the flag to wave and lead the team out!
As we paraded around the town, we waves at the TV cameras... And of course ...
Took a selfie! I had to get a photo of Paul, the guy to my left in the photo, who got me into this canoeing milarky.
Then it was time for speaches, national anthems, and vertical dancing.
We did wonder what it might be and maybe you are?
It is people hanging from windows, on a rope, walking up and down, sometimes jumping and doing splits to music!
Then we made our way back to the bus walking past the crowds of people who lines the river tht runs through the town, awaiting the raft lantern!
I can hear the fireworks as I write this post back at the accommodation!
Now though it has been a hell of an emotional day for me! So time for some zzzzs