My next sprint run was in an hour and 20 minutes, time to improvise
After my first run I was sitting in 47th place, since there wasn't time to properly fix my boat I had to improvise. Luckily I had my roll of gorilla tape with me. The plan was to tape every open orifice in the stern, to seal out the water, then mash my stern crunch pad on to give it the right shape and hopefully a little strength in case I would have the misfortune of finding another rock.
All taped up and hopefully water tight
Ready to race?
Now that everything was taped up and as good as it was going to get it was time to try and focus. After finding a little shade to get out of the scorching heat I drank some water, listened to a little music and headed back to the line. I deliberately waited as close to my start time as possible to put on as to minimize the amount of water that could seep into my boat before my run. Sitting in the starting position watching the seconds tick down, I could look downstream and see Chris waving the American flag and suddenly the massive structural damage of my boat didn't matter, all that mattered was when that clock hit 0 I would pulling as hard as I could. The top of the course was decent, room for improvement, but I've had worse runs, then the bottom was significantly better, I managed to avoid that rock and keep some more speed till the end. The final result? I shaved nearly 2 seconds off my first runs and jumped up two places into 45th, not too shabby.
The biggest surprise was when Emmanuel had a smoking run which qualified him for the sprint finals tomorrow. In light of the recent damage, I have opted out of the team sprint race so that I don't have to hurry to fix my boat, (and potentially break it again). There are 3 world cup races coming up and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to racing on some different course, hopefully with a little smaller whitewater...
USA, USA, USA...