U.S. National Whitewater Center: Part 1

My vacations usually just involve going to visit family, but this time I made a detour on the way to see them!

 

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Friday morning, Mark and I woke up bright and early to head to the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, NC.

 

Our hotel offered free breakfast, so I grabbed some before leaving for our big day.

 

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I had a bowl of mixed fruit: grapefruit, pineapple, pears, peaches.

 

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…and a toasted blueberry bagel with PB and honey.

 

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Mark had the same, plus a giant belgian waffle.

 

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We arrived at the National Whitewater center and were pretty impressed with it. We had debated driving out to the mountains for “real” whitewater rafting but decided that it would take way too much time out of our short weekend. I was unsure how I would like a manmade river, but it turned out to be pretty awesome!

 

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We started our morning with Flatwater River Kayaking, but all the pictures are on my disposable waterproof camera, so you’ll have to wait for those.

 

It was a nice relaxing way to start the morning since things got pretty intense later in the day.

 

Between kayaking and rafting, we grabbed a quick bite to eat at the River’s Edge Cafe and Grill right there on the property.

 

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Having a full belly while rafting didn’t seem appealing, so we split a Chipotle Chicken sandwich with sweet potato waffle fries. Wow, those fries were INCREDIBLE!!!

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I was starting to get nervous for rafting. We had a “trip talk” before getting on the rafts where the raft guides explained everything there was to know about safety, paddling, and how to deal if you fall out of the boat.

 

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There were two channels, a training one and a competition one. Each one has Class II-IV rapids. In the center, there is a giant pump that creates the intense water flow. It’s actually quite an amazing engineering feat!

 

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The channels had built in rocks, and removable pegs to create different level of difficulty. I was really impressed!

 

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Can you spot Mark and I in the photos?

 

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If not, Mark is in the front in a white helmet, and I’m right behind him in the blue helmet.

 

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Wow, that was a blast!!! We got to raft for about an hour total, which was plenty long enough.

 

I fell out of the boat once. It wasn’t really that scary! Mark and the guide yanked me out of the water and back into the raft in seconds. I didn’t really even know what happened because it all went so fast.

 

Even though there are lifeguards all around ready to grab you out of the water at any minute, there was still a sense of adventure. I was worried that being at a manmade river wouldn’t feel like we were in nature, but it was out in the middle of nowhere with trees and plenty of scenic views.

 

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Did you know that the U.S. Olympic athletes train here? Cool!

 

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To be continued…

 

❤ MegaNerd

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Happy Birthday, MegaNerdRuns!

One year from yesterday, this blog, MegaNerdRuns was born. Happy Birthday to my blog!

 

I can’t believe it’s been a full year since I started blogging! So much in my life has changed since that very first post. It was pretty crazy for me to look back over the past year.

 

In honor of this special birthday, I made a Chobani cupcake for breakfast.

 

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Ok, it isn’t really a cupcake, but it’s kind of shaped like one, right?

 

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I found this new flavor (or at least I haven’t ever seen it) in North Carolina and brought it all the way back on ice because it’s just that awesome. Yay! I love all things strawberry banana.

 

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Obviously the cupcake was impossible to eat like that, so I dumped it in a bowl per typical.

 

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So refreshing!

 

Before breakfast, I set out on a 4.0 mile run. Running is slowly getting easier, but it is also getting hotter outside! I was determined to keep my pace under 10 minute miles and I accomplished my goal! I finished the run in 39:21, which works out to about a 9:50 pace.

As you know, I just got back from vacation last night, and now I’m off to work at both jobs. That means I will be gone for about 12 hours. Whitewater adventures will be posted sometime this afternoon, so be sure to check back!

 

In the meantime, here are some of my favorite posts from my first year of blogging:

 

The Very First Post

The One with my first Negative Comment

The One where I bought my first road bike

The One where I Babysat for the summer

The One with the Ice Bath Video

The One where I pulled an all-nighter

The One where I celebrated passing the FE

…and the One where I ran 22 miles the next day (hungover.)

The One where I made my first snowman with blog friends

The One where I had toe surgery. 😦

The One where I PR-ed in the Half Mary

The One where I ran My First Marathon and the video.

The One where I started my new life.

 

So there you have it! One year later, and still going strong.

 

Here’s to many more years of blogging!

 

❤ MegaNerd