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My 10th Catalina Crossing

This past weekend was the Catalina Crossing US Outrigger Championships! It takes a lot of training, a lot of work and a lot of planning just to GET to the start line that Saturday morning. It’s not something I take lightly. It’s something special and different than any other channel crossing. It’s home base.  It’s family – all the girls that you’ve trained all season with on the water together for one last race.

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This crossing was a little different. I came to the realization that I have been doing so many other things for so many other people – that this race was for MYSELF. I didn’t need to impress anyone, take care of anyone, babysit anyone. I was 13 miles from land during my race, halfway, and the only person I had to watch out for was myself. This was my tenth crossing. And it was hard.

We paddled into a headwind and side swell for 5 hours. But there wasn’t a time where we wanted to give up, or stop. We kept pressing and we kept going. We rallied together, pushed through our mistakes and kept racing.

The next day, we turned around to come home. The men raced back. It was a fast course, the wind was at their backs. And even though the fastest guys were up front; the most exciting part was in the middle. With the 5 junior teams competing against each other! Teams from LA, Newport, Hawaii and Dana point! It was the largest division of juniors that we have had at that race in a long time. I couldn’t have imagined a better race for these boys that I escorted across the channel. They were the boys that ever gave up, that hammered through the chop and evaded a 500 ft tanker coming across the course. We did it boys!

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Reason #2435 Why NAC Is A Cool Place To Work

HALLOWEEN

The NAC only has the BEST staff with the best Halloween costumes.

Also the best JR Paddlers!!

The Breakfast Club…pretty much my favorite movie
Me, Pammy, Marketa and Eden
Gorrila Rower!

I love Fall. It’s a break from the hot, sunny weather that I also love. It’s an excuse to bundle up in cute winter clothes and wait patiently for the starbucks christmas cups to come out! OH WAIT…they just did!

But take this time to slow down, concentrate about yourself, and think about what else you want to finish in the year 2012. Because the year’s coming to an end, and you don’t want to feel un-acomplished.

Do something everyday that makes you happy.

Do something everyday that challenges you.

Do something everyday that people wouldn’t expect.

And enjoy your Fall season:)

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