I think the decision to aim for the Olympic qualifiers was never really made but was always with me since my early days in a boat. I can't explain it, it's just the way it is; to compete at my best at the highest level. So, around September 2008 I made a decision to do something about it; to concentrate all my efforts into slalom training for the next while with the only aim being "to be able to look back and say I did my best"
This blog is the story of my journey.
Summer 2010 roadtrip
I will be competing in three World Cup Races, Czech Republic, Spain and Germany. After five weeks is the Pre Worlds in Slovakia, with the Slovak open the following week.
Depending on my results at the World Cups I also hope to qualify for the World Championships in Slovenia.
Having never competed at this level before, it's going to be a steep learning curve, but thats what I'm here for.
I'm in my 4th week of recovery training. Which means twice a week on a bike and every day on a paddling machine. Not very exciting but I'm making the most of it. Using two mirrors and a camera I'm concentrating on getting the basics right; posture, body rotation, reach, arms straight at the right times, all the small points which can add up to more powerful paddling. Thanks to Keith from the club for the use of his paddling machine.
Hoping to get onto flat water soon and see if the many hours on the machine have paid off.