30 June 2010
I had another session last night which was better then another this morning which wasn't so good.
26 June 2010
Run 1; I lost speed a couple of times and spun out twice which left me very slow. Feeling disappointed at the finish I was cheeed up realising I made all of the gates and then confirming only 1 touch. 46th out of 49 I knew I could do better.
I walked the course after with Ettore and we found some places to make up some time.
Run 2; The top half of the course went better than I could have dreamed, pefect, then I rolled through the stopper I'd been having trouble with all week. I took a touch on gate 17 and apart from the roll I was delighted to be over 13 seconds faster. But the results showed my first run to be better. When I hit gate 17 it looked like I pushed the pole out of the way to go aound, so I got a 50 sec penalty. Back to 47th
I know I've learnt alot here and I'm a much better paddler now but it's hard to be positive at the minuite.
25 June 2010
Short session this morning, over all much better than earlier in the week so feeling confident about tomorrow.
I'm no. 3, on at 7:32 and 10:47 Irish time (one hour ahead here). 50 paddlers this time and being 3rd to start (two non ranked paddlers) I will be more relaxed on at the start area.
Live timing and results http://www.123result.com
Other race info http://canoeslalomseu.parcolimpic.com
The usual easy paddle this evening and ready for action
24 June 2010
23 June 2010
18 June 2010
I was interviewed by ICF after my second run and I was more nervous for that than the race. I waffled on a bit so don't think it will be used.
Think when I get on the road later it will start to sink in.
Really happy that I'm able to push hard all the way and improve from one run to the next.
A short drive now to Spain where I hope to make a few more improvements.
Watched the video footage with coach Ettore and found some room for improvement for the second run. Much more relaxed and confident.
17 June 2010
16 June 2010
Thats it for now, an easy flat paddle tomorrow and race on Friday morning. Having two runs, with the best one counting, I'm hoping to use the first to settle in and hope to do better in the second.
14 June 2010
11 June 2010
Feeling good and ready for more