Acheivements From 2009

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Saint Matt
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Re: Acheivements From 2009

Post by Saint Matt » Fri Dec 18, 2009 6:29 pm

-getting my moving water roll to the point where it is pretty reliable.
-going with a group of equal level paddlers and doing new rivers on our own for the first time and being confident we had the safety covered on our own.
-starting to shake my addiction to reading UKRGB at work, oh, hang on, damnit.

Matt

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Re: Acheivements From 2009

Post by Kai_the_Hodge » Fri Dec 18, 2009 6:30 pm

Ive not lost or broken any kit all year !!!! allthough theres still time lol

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Re: Acheivements From 2009

Post by banburypaddler » Fri Dec 18, 2009 7:45 pm

Got to Division 5 (Marathon).

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Re: Achievements From 2009

Post by JohnV » Fri Dec 18, 2009 7:57 pm

In chronological order:

Learnt to ski and climb ice.
Passed my Mountain Leader Award.
Broke my tibia, talus, calcaneum, T12 and L1 vertebrae trying to lead E7.
Learnt to knit.
Passed my minibus licence.
Paddled in Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Uganda.
Completed a teaching degree.
Started ski season which is amazing so far.

An interesting year of highs and very lows!

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Re: Acheivements From 2009

Post by Ricks-Freestyle-Mind » Fri Dec 18, 2009 9:16 pm

Inspiring stuff John especially with the serious injuries!!!

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Re: Achievements From 2009

Post by edhunter » Fri Dec 18, 2009 10:10 pm

JohnV wrote:In chronological order:

Learnt to ski and climb ice.
Passed my Mountain Leader Award.
Broke my tibia, talus, calcaneum, T12 and L1 vertebrae trying to lead E7.
Learnt to knit.
Passed my minibus licence.
Paddled in Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Uganda.
Completed a teaching degree.
Started ski season which is amazing so far.

An interesting year of highs and very lows!
That is indeed fairly epic. a very varied set of a cheivements I might add. How did you manage to get fit for paddleing again after those injurys? They seem a bit brutal.

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Re: Acheivements From 2009

Post by JohnV » Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:05 pm

After 6 weeks in hospital I was quite keen to get going again! Crutched around lots, was prescribed an Aircast Walker- like a tall ski boot which I could put weight through, climb in, fit in a Nomad and re-learnt to drive with. Went to the gym daily to swim, do weights, pilates etc. Wore a back brace for 8 weeks after the fall, went to Austria etc after 11 weeks.
Paddling was the perfect activity- encouraged movement of my back and isolated the leg and ankle- but also being outside all day, with good friends, good weather, good food and nice scenery was hugely beneficial. Within the fortnight in Austria I went from crutching to the riverside with friends carrying my boat to carrying the boat myself unaided.
I was anxious to get climbing again- again good for ankle movement and strengthening but also to make progress mentally.
My recovery was a case of adapting well to what I now have, stubborness and having supportive friends. Along with, really, a huge amount of luck!

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