Rafters Rapture - Chiriqui Panama River Running

Written by Jim Hollister

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Sanchez leads us to a van where our young guide Leignadier “Len” Santos awaits. At twenty-one Len has four years experience with Chiriqui River Rafting and is one of those seen inrepparttar company video skillfully maneuveringrepparttar 137408 big rapids. We pile in with our gear, wave goodbye to Sanchez, and head south forrepparttar 137409 hour’s drive torepparttar 137410 Esti. Near our put in point we pick up another young man who will driverepparttar 137411 leap-frog route down river meeting us for lunch and, we trust, an end-of-day ride back torepparttar 137412 town of Boquete .

This part of Panama still feels quite wild, and as we approachrepparttar 137413 river, we see it is wide and moving very fast. We don our life vests and helmets take charge of our plastic paddles, and with some trepidation slide intorepparttar 137414 surge. Len works to get us oriented by calling out a number of commands and soon we are doing 360s downrepparttar 137415 middle ofrepparttar 137416 flow. Overrepparttar 137417 next two hours we handlerepparttar 137418 rapids well, gain confidence in our abilities and feel relaxed for most ofrepparttar 137419 morning’s ride. Alongrepparttar 137420 way we see egrets, kingfishers, cormorants, blackbirds, hawks, and impressive vultures hovering overhead. We joke about how they are working this part ofrepparttar 137421 waters in anticipation of our demise. Onrepparttar 137422 river banks we see lizards and large iguana. Thriving inrepparttar 137423 massive shade trees overhangingrepparttar 137424 river are numerous epiphytes with varieties of purple and red flowers. We watch a river otter catch fish and then swim alongside close enough for us to look into his eyes. Twice we see Ngobe-Bugle (Guaymi) Indian women washing clothes alongrepparttar 137425 river’s edge. The air smells soft and fragrant withrepparttar 137426 flowers that surround us. Ofrepparttar 137427 climate in this part ofrepparttar 137428 country it is said to be like eternal Spring. We climb inside our thoughts for brief stretches of time and soak up Panama's luscious nature. In silence we seem to acknowledge that we are somewhat awed by where we find ourselves on this particular mid-week day.

After shooting two hours worth of Class II rapids, Len guides us to a landing under a highway overpass and we meet our number-two man who has lunch already set out. We make sandwiches with cold cuts and fresh bread, slurp sodas like we’ve been inrepparttar 137429 desert, and polish off sweet treats as though they might be our last. After thirty minutes of rest we are back inrepparttar 137430 raft and heading forrepparttar 137431 homestretch.

Underway only a few minutes we get sideways in what appears to berepparttar 137432 only Class III section

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Benefits of a good training journal

Written by Ryan Fyfe

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Benefits of recording your training The number one benefit of recoding your training is to have a detailed history to look back on. This can be very useful in times of planning. For example to figure out what has worked for you and what hasn’t. It’s very useful for figuring out reasons for injuries or for times of burnout.

Have you ever sat down and tried to plan out training with nothing to work with? If you have something to look back upon a detailed account of what you’ve done overrepparttar past few weeks it’s easy to plan ahead, and to effectively increase your workout intensity, etc to improve forrepparttar 137198 future.

A detailed journal is also really nice to have just for personal use, and to be able to look back on past months and years, to remember different accounts. -- Feel free to reprint this article as long as you keeprepparttar 137199 following caption and author biography in tact with all hyperlinks.

This article is courtesy of http://www.trainingjournals.com – Training Journals : a great web directory and information center on training journals and related topics.

Ryan Fyfe is the owner and operator of Web Design Calgary. He is also actively involved in: Training Journals. Which is a great web directory and information center for Online Training Journals and related topics like Training Logs.

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