Just a quick note to say thank you for all the support!!!
As many are aware we are now in Poznan, Poland contesting the World Kayak and Canoe sprint World Championships.
Today we had the heats and semi finals for the K1 1000m. It is my first time in the start gates since the Olympic final in Beijing. I have to say it is nice to be back competing.
The conditions today were testing for the best of paddlers. In my heat a fellow competitor fell in while in the start block and Ive now heard of 5 other competitors taking a swim with in a half hour period due to the very strong tail wind and waves and swell. I didnt paddle well enough in the heats and paddle to my seed therefore ended up in a very competitive semi final draw with some serious class paddlers.
I am pleased that I adapted to the conditions (Thanks to K4 paddler Mike Walkers surf ski paddling tips) and used all of my own experience to paddle comparatively 5 seconds better in the semi final than I did in the heats to finish 5 seconds behind the winner of our semi final. In other races my time was far more competitive although as always one needs to be careful comparing one race to another. It is possible though in other races I could have made the A final anyhow given my build up this is reality.
Next stop is Saturday morning B Final with Mr Van Koeverden and many other very good paddlers.