Decisions, decisions. Competitors are faced with choices all the time. Do I respond to the unexpected challenger in the next lane or stick to my race plan in a 1000 m race? Which line do I take on this upstream gate? What races should I do this season? Should I work with a new coach? Do I retire or keep going for another season?
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I’ve learned that the most successful athletes in any discipline are the ones who have learned how to master their performance – and this involves far more than what happens on the water.
A week ago I came across a video with Knut Holmann (Norway) racing at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. The person who posted the video on YouTube classified Holmann as "technically the best paddler ever". Next sentence: "you can't go wrong with either Knut or Adam van Koeverden..."
They say the most important meal of the day is breakfast, so why don’t you do yourself a favour and create something fresh, healthy and simple to kick start your day! I have never been the biggest fan of breakfast but after years of hard training I have realised that it is crucial to refuel my body after my mornings training session.
The message is pretty clear: people who spend approximately 75 minutes per week on moderate to intense physical activity (moderate intense: brisk walk, gardening, etc.) live an average 1.8 years longer than those who do nothing to move.
Every competitor knows that it’s necessary to warm-up before a race. But how many pay as much attention to their mental warm-up as they do to stretching their body, loosening their muscles and increasing their heart rate?
The 2012 Games are approaching fast, and the next few months will be critical for athletes. I want to talk about some of the challenges that first time Olympians will face in London – and offer some reminders for those who have competed at the Games before.
Question: During training sessions I perform well and feel confident. How do I reproduce this during an important race?
Would quadrathlon make a good part on your (winter-cross-) training program? For anyone who has never heard of a quadrathlon, the premise is simple: swim, paddle, cycle and then run – pretty much a triathlon with paddling thrown in for good measure. Junior World Champion Marthe de Ferrer from Great Britain reports on her experience.
After finishing competing, Eric returned to the sport as a coach. He started coaching a group of young athletes at Elmbridge canoe club. Within two years he had lead Tim Brabants and Paul Darby-Dowman to Great Britains’ first Junior World Championship gold medal.