5 weeks out from Rio…
It’s now 5 weeks out from the games and things are definitely starting to come together. Since my last blog quite a bit has changed and I’ve had to deal with a few things not going my way.
As you may or may not know, the illness that I was hit with in early April plagued me for quite some time. I was ruled out of the World Cup Tour and a very negative consequence of this is that the Australian Canoeing Selection panel have opted to exclude me from any of the six 1000m men’s team boat spots for Rio. It is a hard pill to swallow given my consistent team boat performances spanning over two Olympic cycles but one that without a lengthy, energy draining appeal process I can’t do anything about. Best of luck to the boys and I am sure the crews that are put out on the line at the Rio Olympics will do Australia proud.
As a result of only being selected to race the individual k1 1000m I have opted to train in an environment that I am more comfortable with in Verase, Italy. I’m working with my coach TJ and sports bio-mechanist Jake Michael to prepare for the big race. One benefit of just doing the individual is that I can tailor my program and keep a single minded focus. I was disappointed with my performance in London in the k1, and now I have every opportunity to put my best race forward, no distractions, just hard training.
I will try to keep you posted as we lead in to the Olympics. I won’t fly into Rio until the 8th August which will give me a few days to prepare before my racing kicks off on the 15th. I can’t wait to put on the green and gold and represent Australia on the Olympic stage. Thank you for your support – keep checking in on the website and watching my Facebook page for regular updates.