Wednesday, May 27, 2009

May 23-25

After a week of pretty brutal training I need to unwind. On Saturday, I raced in the Potomac Downriver Race for the first time. I think around 50 people or so entered in this marathon flatwater race. The race course is around 7.5-8 miles but only has 2 or 3 class III rapids. Apart from a terrible tan line that day I also got the trophy for the overall fastest time. Oh and I definitely took advantage of the free lunch at the finish. 

I was planning on taking Sunday off, but I got a call from a friend to go playboating. I usually only paddle my playboat once or twice a month, but it was almost my favorite level. I ran the bottom drop of fishladder and then played my way d
own the gorge. It was very cool being able to relax for 5 hours on the river.

Back looping on the left and pointing to where the hole is on the right, just in case there was any confusion. Notice the hair coming out of the holes in my helmet

After an 8 miles race on Saturday and 5 hours on the river Sunday, I was sure I wasn't paddling Monday. Well untill I got a call late Sunday from Ajay, who wanted to run the Upper Yough. I couldn't resist so Ajay and I headed out there to meet up with some friends. It was definitely an awesome run and it felt good to paddle that river again. 

This is a shot of me trying to freewheel National Falls. Although everything looks good here, it turned into more of a sideways pencil followed by a beat down in the hole.

All photos by Sam Kane
Until next time,
Peter Lutter

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