{MR340 / KAW100 Race Update!}

Monday, July 11, 2011

When Em and I originally signed up to do the MR340 we always knew there was a possibility that she & Kent could get their baby before our race. None of us really thought it would happen given how long adoptions typically take, but now that Branch has arrived we couldn't be more excited for our sweet friends!

Over the past few days we've exhausted all sorts of possibilities in regards to moving forward with our race. As a result, I wanted to let ya'll know that I've still decided to do the KAW100 as wisdom would have Em spend time getting adjusted to being a new mom! Racing solo will definitely be an adventure, but I know I'd regret it if I didn't try. I will miss Em's company, sense of humor, and overall athletic badassness. Staring at her arms these past several months has been a great reminder to keep drinking my Ovaltine.

That said, meet my new (borrowed) yak delivered yesterday all the way from Austin via the West Hanson Family Express. She needs flames and a name, but will be more than suitable to carry my 31 yr old self from Manhattan to Lawrence. 

The Spencer DSX is just as long as our Rocket (21 ft), a little more narrow, and only weighs 30 lbs. The faster you paddle the more stable she becomes.

It wasn't long before I figured out how to stay upright and felt a little more comfortable on the water. (Which I thought looked like chocolate milk).

After paddling a few miles I felt great but needed sunscreen. I'm not used to paddling with an open cockpit!


Overall, it was a great afternoon of learning and reflecting on the past 7 months. What a journey this has been! Like a river and it's unpredictable nature, so is life. You just gotta learn how to roll with stuff as it comes!

In the meantime we're looking to sell our tandem yellow Rocket. Please let us know if you're interested in buying it (or know of someone who might be). Free delivery to KC area the week of our race!

11 more days,
Em

23 comments:

Alysa said...

Such amazing news!!! Proud of you for going ahead solo, I know you will do a great job!

Anonymous said...

Go you chica! Rock on.
Em's guns will come in handy for hauling the new babelet around. :)
Snapper

Linda / PaperPhine said...

I'm convinced you'll do great! Will be thinking of you while doing... whatever I'll do on Iceland!
(and what a sweet little baby!)

wildchild said...

aww congratulations to her! and good luck to you :) i know you'll rock this solo, with your new awesome yak

Kristina said...

Good luck! I'll have my fingers crossed for you :-)

Peyton said...

I think it's awesome you are going to do it anyways! I know this is your blog.... but please keep us updated on Branch! I feel like I'm so attached to him just from hearing about his parents through your writing!

Lima said...

e, you are so brave. Si se puede. You've inspired me to not be intimidated by the streets of Chitown. xo.

Vanessa said...

Um, hellooooo....YOUR arms are inspiring me to quit eatting so much chocolate pudding! You're rocking it Girl! Holla!!!

Christi said...

Wow, I have admired you since day one of reading this blog, but now multiply that times a million. Cheering you on in Oregon!!

Anonymous said...

Good for you Em! What great character and committment. I like your style! Good luck!! Nancy

Carl said...

You can do it! I hope all your readers understand what you're truly trying to do here - and admire you for it. 100 miles, at night, navigating over/around submerged obstacles, dams, and other debris. Pulling your boat over sand bars, and grinding it our hour after hour. If you can average 5mph it will take you 20 hours non-stop. BUT - you'll love it. Don't get rid of the rocket, though, because the Tour du Teche is in October. Your biggest problem there will be avoiding the constant parties along the banks of the bayou! Make sure you have someone updating the blog as you go along so we can all keep up with your progress.

Ned

brlracincwgrl said...

How brave of you to go ahead solo! :). You will rock those waters and do a fantastic job! I just know it!

Brooke said...

you are well on your way to being a total badass yourself lady! Did you take a look at your own arms? Seriously...go to the mirror and look. You rock! Proud of you for going on with it. So happy for Kent and Em. xo You rock.

Livyb said...

YOU ROCK! Waaaayy to go treking(paddling!) on without your sidekick. Cheering you on from Chicago! And, I'll take your arms anyday!

Papa said...

Being brave is the only option! You go daughter, and the ground crew will cover your backside. This will be an adventure of a lifetime. Can't wait. PaDILOWa

Han said...

Ememem yes that important your name needed to be said thrice lol. You are a super duper awesome shiny friend! Go for it girlie!! I'm so glad that you didn't quit and that you are doing it! YOU ROCK!!! SUPERSTAR!!!

Carol (Taylor x74) said...

Girl, you've got some guns there... we'll be rootin' for you, prayin' for you, and watchin' every blog from Houston...

Mindy said...

Wow how inspiring. You are amazing! I am so excited for you and this adventure. I will be thinking of you and keeping you all in my prayers! Good Luck!! And once I pop out this 3rd baby I will totally start rowing my hubs up and down the river while he is fishing. Must get those arms!

dede said...

YOU are the BomB.com!!!!! You are an awesome friend! I am thankful every day that I found this blog! (btw: your arms are looking fantastic!)

Jessica Patrich said...

This touches my heart! As a new mom myself....I can't even imagine how excited you all are! Congrats and kick major ars in that race!!!

Anonymous said...

All the best Em, you're super brave! I'm sure Branch will thank you someday. I commend you for seeing this journey through. God Speed! I hope you throw some serious fist pumps and leg kicks after you finish the race!

CAW said...

I think TimTam should roll with you to blog, feed you sweet candies and hand you letters of encouragement. and it would be super nice if he paddled a few miles to give you rest. k?

Merritt said...

Aww...just finally getting caught up with the news that you'll be paddling alone this weekend. So proud of you and will be praying for you Em while you journey through Kansas! Having just "been" there en route to CO, you'll definitely need sunscreen. It was blazing hot! Good luck and Godspeed my friend!

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