Saturday, May 19, 2007

Old men learning new skills

Another birthday and with it growing confirmation that things probably can't only get better. Learning to kayak constitutes this years refusal to relax the grip on youthfulness. The Nile is probably the most perfect place in the world to kayak. It's huge, beautiful, warm and studded with challenging rapids. Eight of the worlds top ten kayakers were training here in the weeks running up to the world championships. I'm struggling with it. I'm nervous and tense and so wobbly and easily flipped by the least demanding of waves. I just have to keep reminding myself why I'm doing it!!

1 comment:

The 27th Comrade said...

Wow. You look like an amalgam of James Bond and ... [insert other cool guy]. The way people write about the sport makes it sound like fun, but ... I am a little scared of water, myself ... :o(