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Heres the beat down video from John Grace and LVM.Shane Benedict caught in a rare moment of carnage from Lunch Video Magazine on Vimeo.
Now after a little set back like that there are a couple ways it can go. It can all go down hill from there or you pick yourself up and go for it again. First of all I was bummed because I knew I could have done well in this type of event. After the down river part of the race I was in 4th and I knew my strengths were in the Giant Slalom. So that was a bummer and of course I was not that psyched about swimming at all but after getting it back together I knew I had to go back up there to do my second run and see if I could actually make it to the bottom of the course :). I was tired from the swim and my arms still felt the stress from the down river race. So sitting at the top of the race course and looking back down the throat of the notch was not very high on my list of things I wanted to do but it was that thought of knowing it was something that I could do that gave me calm in that moment. My second run went very well and it ended up tying for one of the fastest runs of the slalom course.
Here is the video of the 2nd run.
Shane Benedict cleaning up his run #2 in 2010 Giant Slalom. from Lunch Video Magazine on Vimeo.
That was a good feeling.
So it was a crazy day. The excitement of competition. The nerves of challenge. The expectations of performance. The failure. The dose of humility. The challenge of refocus and finally the contentment of pushing through. It was a great day. A different day than most but a great day.
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