Winter

Not long to go now before we leave for Europe. It has been a solid couple of months since the conclusion of the World Cups and on the whole I feel like progress has been made, although it has been a hard push to get training close to previous levels. The stop/start nature of the last few years has certainly come at a price.
New Zealand winter, well I should say the North Island winter is rather balmy by European standards but it hasnt been the warmest here over the last while. Thankfully we haven’t had too many 5 degree mornings this last week. I am definitely looking forward to some warmer weather and freshening up as we come into the final preparations for Worlds.

It sure is nice to be able to put my feet up after a hard block of training and enjoy my new 2XU Recovery top and compression gear. Thanks guys. New fresh kit is always a treat.

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Worlds selection

Really pleased to be selected to race the K1 1000m for New Zealand at the ICF World Sprint Kayak Championships to be held late August in Duisburg, Germany. This will be my 7th sprint worlds and really looking forward to getting in amongst it. This year we have a fairly young team but it should be a good trip.

Currently back in NZ training for the next 6 weeks before we head away for the final preparations for Worlds. Training has been good so far and I seem to be getting fitter. Although it has been a bit wintery it has been nice to be home for bit, the storms have done a good job of topping up the lake which has until recently been at it lowest in 30 years according to one of the locals. This morning we had some really nice water although it was a bit cool to begin with.

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Day 2

The second day has produced some good results for the NZ team with Lisa backing up her win from Račice with another solid win in the K1 500m. The K4 boys improved significantly on their first outing in Szeged to finish in 7th place 5 seconds behind the French crew who took line honours for the A Final.

The B Final was quite ok and I finished 3rd just on 1 second back. Racing has been consistent which is positive.