Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Kayak freestyle World Championships 2013 update #1

It is already two week since we got here to NOC. We were here last year for World Cup so we know this area well. We arrived to Atlanta and drove to Nantahala. 
Nantahala gorge is nice area surrounded by great Smoky Mountains. It is quite in the middle of nowhere. We started to train as soon as we got here. We had to take the advantage of not manny people being here already so the lines in the eddy were shorter. As the days passed more and more paddles has arrived.
We trained twice a day but now we slowed down and do just one training a day and every third day is a rest day. I definitely think you need to slow down as the event is coming closer because your body need more time to recovery. 
This year the level of paddling is very high. And not just in men class. Even woman and junior classes get much better. 
The competition starts at the start of september and till this time we have to prepared ourselves physically and mentally for the Worlds. It is not easy here just because you don't have much to do here except kayaking and the weather wasn't very nice for last two weeks. But we have many friends here and we do our small routine each day to not get bored. You can love kayaking but to stay five weeks on one place and train full on only here is really tough task. But on the other hand this atmosphere is great you can see many  foreign paddlers from all around the world paddling together, to share their stories, experiences and hanging around. 
So for now we will continue in our preparation and will look forward for the competition to start. 
Wish us luck. This year it will be big fight for medals.
See you. 

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