Name: Heather Herbeck
Weight: 150 lbs
Hometown: Mankato, MN
Favorite River/Wave/Waterfall: White Salmon River, WA . . . how can this NOT be my favorite as it flows through my front yard.
Favorite Boat: Medium Nirvana
Crazy Fact About You: I was a ballerina for 10 years and danced with the Oakland Ballet Company in their performance of “Hansel and Gretal”.
If Not Kayaking What Else Would You Be Doing? Training for the Spartan Races or chasing my husband down the Mt Bike trails.
Why Do You Love Kayaking? I love the adrenaline rush . . . I don’t necessarily enjoy the nervousness above a drop or rapid, but the feeling of accomplishment and success after running something well . . . hmmmm, there are no words to describe that feeling, except “pure Nirvana”. THAT is was keeps me coming back for more and pushing myself farther.
Accomplishments: You know, I’m not too obsessed with “what I accomplish” these days. I could list off a few things, but I think what’s important . . . at least to me . . . is that I’ve never loved this sport as much as I do now AND I do it solely for ME. That mindset shift IS a huge accomplishment for me. I’m a 42 year old athlete that keeps up with the 20 year olds and loves it as much as they do . . . THAT is my biggest accomplishment for now.