Selection, Training and Rio
Having secured my selection in the Australian Olympic Sprint Kayak team it’s time to get serious on the Road to Rio. I’m pretty happy with my results following the selection event and National Championships. For the third consecutive year I took out the k1 1000m and my teammate Jacob Clear and I took out our 6th National k2 1000m title and k4 1000m.
Everyone would think that these results would put me in the best possible position leading into the games. Unfortunately, it isn’t that straight forward as these results only secure my position in the k1 1000m, the selection into team boats is solely at the discretion of the Australian Canoeing Selection panel.
As I stand, I haven’t had a great training block following Nationals. I’ve been plagued with illness and unfortunately missed a team boat camp scheduled for mid April. I’m on a light training load and working with my Drs and coach Timmy Jacobs in order to manage my return to high intensity training. The plan had been to head overseas and join the rest of the 1000m team in Hungary before heading on the World Cup Tour throughout May. However, these plans are on hold until I get the all clear from the Drs.
On a positive note, we are still 17weeks out from Rio which gives me plenty of time to recover and ramp up the training. For now I’m making sure I’m doing all the small things right. Plenty of rest and water, loading up on veggies and protein and monitoring my resting heart rate. It’s important that I stay focused on the end goal and don’t get caught up in the ifs and buts. As an elite athlete, I’m always tinkering on the edge between peak performance and immune system weakness. I can already feel my body starting to heal itself and I’m confident my campaign will be back on track in the coming weeks!
Stay tuned to my blog to find out what the World Cup tour has in store!