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Back in the Saddle


TreeGirl

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I've been severely lacking in miles in September as I dealt with the stress of the house purchase and then having to pack up my life and move to my parents until I actually close on the house or the deal goes dead and I have to find a new rental.  No idea why I always give running the short end of the stick when I'm stressed because it's probably what I need most.  I plan to get back to it tonight after my work day wraps up.  I'm at our State capitol office this week and next week for special meetings but I stay at the same hotel I always do and have a great running path behind the hotel.  I've been averaging about 6-8 miles or less per week for 6-8 weeks and my body is looking like I'm sitting on the couch eating buckets of ice cream.

Was awake from 2-4 am this morning and finally gave up and read some of my library book.  I woke feeling like I was suffocating.  It's only a hit and miss on that feeling now.  It's been a month or more since I felt like that in the middle of the night.  Flash backs to my near drowning in July.  I'm surprised at how many people think nearly drowning because you're trapped under an overturned canoe in deep water with strong river current is funny and that after 3 months it's o.k. to joke with me about it.  Too soon for that.  Waking up feeling like you can't breathe in the dark means my brain just doesn't find it funny. The conservation officers in my state office want me to talk to kids in their boating safety classes about the importance of wearing life jackets while kayaking and canoeing because of my experience.  We lose a lot of people in drowning incidences in Michigan each summer because people aren't required to wear life jackets in kayaks, canoes and float tubes.  It must be with you but you don't have to wear it.  Had I not had mine on, I wouldn't be typing this.  Please put your life jacket on.  I'm an experienced canoe and kayak paddler and this still happened.  2 years ago an expert canoeist drown on the river I nearly did because of exactly what happened to me.  Flip over, canoe flips on top of you, current sucks the canoe down with water and you can't get out from under it.  It's just you in the dark water frantically trying to get out from under it. **shudder**

Thanks for letting me "talk" about it here - it helps.  I'm glad fall is on the way for some wonderful miles to get my conditioning up to par before x-c ski season!  Soon, I'll be saying this and I'm ready.. it's been way too humid!  Plus, I'm nearly as padded as the person in that picture.. O.o

 

 

 

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Life jacket. Get one and wear one, kids. Water doesn't play around. Glad you didn't die. People hear the "I almost drowned" exaggeration so much that they probably don't think that you actually almost drowned.

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Wow - that would be super scary. And I can see how it is not funny. I suppose if you can use it for good to convince others to wear one then it may help you deal with what happened.

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That is terrifying.  Glad to hear the flashbacks are happening less. Hard to get kids to think about safety but I think your story might at least convince some of them.

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That sounds so scary! I'm so glad you are ok. And I'm glad I wear a life jacket when canoeing on the Huron river around here even though a good portion of it is shallow (but then we always go out onto a lake so obviously not shallow!)

Hope you have a nice run in Lansing. And I'm sick of the humidity and summer-ish weather holding on, but also not ready for winter ¬¬

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So glad you are ok! and no, that's never something to joke about.  

My ex prefers to kayak without his life jacket. I always remember my 4th grade water safety class and how quickly hypothermia sets in. Even during the summer, Puget Sound water is cold. Even my dog wears a life jacket when we take BF's boat out crabbing.  

I hear you on the stress thing. Running went out the window for me largely due to stress at home. Stress=Tired, Tired=No run, where is the Ben and Jerry's?  even when we know deep down that the run will help with the tired and the stress.  

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I can understand why you're traumatized by the kayak accident. So glad you're here to tell the story and hope that by sharing it with us and others, you can take back some of your power. Hugs.

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That's super scary. It's important that you share your experience with the kids ...when you feel like you can. Thanks for sharing with us! 

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17 hours ago, Keep Running Girl said:

Wait.  What happened???  Are you okay?  I can't even imagine.  Who would joke about that?

It was in early July.  Canoeing on the fastest moving river in Michigan with class 2 rapids.  Those two things I did not know when we started out.  The boyfriend was the reason we went.  I didn't really want to go at all and had a bad feeling before we even left the bank.  I need to trust my instincts much more.  When we flipped (the first time) and the canoe overturned I went under it and got hit in the head by the side of it and also got a mild concussion so that didn't help matters but made it even more important I had a life jacket on.  Had he not been able to lift the edge of the canoe high enough to break the seal of the water and current holding the canoe on top of me, there was no way I would have lived.  I couldn't get footing because we flipped in a super deep hole and the current kept sweeping my feet out from under me.  Once he lifted the canoe enough, my life jacket popped me up far enough to get out from under it and he grabbed the front of my jacket and held on tight so I didn't go downstream with the current because I was gasping for air by then.  We still had well over an hour to keep going though to get to the car because it's a remote river and no way out.  Once I convinced myself to get back in the canoe, we also encountered a snake in a tree striking at me and we flipped a second time but that time there were 5 guys in kayaks along the shore to help us.  Horrible day.  Truly horrible.

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19 hours ago, Speet63 said:

Life jacket. Get one and wear one, kids. Water doesn't play around. Glad you didn't die. People hear the "I almost drowned" exaggeration so much that they probably don't think that you actually almost drowned.

The only one I don't mind they believe the "lighter" side of almost drowning is my mom.  It's just better that way.  

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2 hours ago, TreeGirl said:

It was in early July.  Canoeing on the fastest moving river in Michigan with class 2 rapids.  Those two things I did not know when we started out.  The boyfriend was the reason we went.  I didn't really want to go at all and had a bad feeling before we even left the bank.  I need to trust my instincts much more.  When we flipped (the first time) and the canoe overturned I went under it and got hit in the head by the side of it and also got a mild concussion so that didn't help matters but made it even more important I had a life jacket on.  Had he not been able to lift the edge of the canoe high enough to break the seal of the water and current holding the canoe on top of me, there was no way I would have lived.  I couldn't get footing because we flipped in a super deep hole and the current kept sweeping my feet out from under me.  Once he lifted the canoe enough, my life jacket popped me up far enough to get out from under it and he grabbed the front of my jacket and held on tight so I didn't go downstream with the current because I was gasping for air by then.  We still had well over an hour to keep going though to get to the car because it's a remote river and no way out.  Once I convinced myself to get back in the canoe, we also encountered a snake in a tree striking at me and we flipped a second time but that time there were 5 guys in kayaks along the shore to help us.  Horrible day.  Truly horrible.

Jeeze!  I can't even imagine. 

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On 10/11/2017 at 4:16 AM, TreeGirl said:

I didn't really want to go at all and had a bad feeling before we even left the bank.  I need to trust my instincts much more.

oh yes.. the mountain climbers and the backcountry skiers and the whitewater canoeists all know this, trust the hairs on the back of your head.. if they are stirring it's time to quit and go to the coffee shop instead.

I'm so sorry for your experience, no fun at all.  

This is the stuff I used to paddle for fun, Skull rapid in Utah. My wife never likes the rapids with scary names. We paddled Widowmaker rapid on the Arkansas together once, after which she wanted to know why there wasn't a Widower-maker.. clear case of sexism..

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