I love Spain! The siesta in the afternoon, the relaxed attitude of the people, the long daylight hours in summer.
I was lucky enough to stay in an apartment right on the beachfront, and very close to the Club Nautico, which was race HQ. My folks joined me on this trip, and it was great to have them with me.
Unfortunately I caught a head cold just before leaving SA, which progressed to flu while I was in Spain. Anti-biotics were in order, but the timing was off, and the race came on probably my worst day. After a frantic start, with lots of chaos around the turning can, the pace settled down to a manageable level. I sat back, and let Nikki pull, waiting for my high heart rate to come down. Eevn though our pace was pretty slow, it never dipped below 176bpm, which is a normal herart rate for me, if I were paddling hard, but at cruising speed, that is a bit scary. After about 10-12km, I tried pulling on my own, and it shot up to 186bpm, which is getting close to my max, and I wasn’t even going hard. Tough decision, as I had flown all the way from SA, but I decided to pull back and just ride out the rest of the race. Is this maturity? I hope so as I just celebrated my 31st birthday yesterday:) Well done to Nikki for the win.
The photo above is of my new ski, made by the incredible guys at Nelo in Portugal. Wow, this boat is fast. Pity I didn’t do it justice.
Check out http://www.nelo.pt for more info on this boat and all their other products (namely the best K1 in the world, the Vanquish 3). So stoked to be using their products now, and my new ski and K1 have just left Portugal and will be arriving in Durban tomorrow. Hoping to shake off this bug so that I can get back into training.
Well done to Dawid for winning the guy’s race, and to Shaun Rice for his 2nd place, this guy is so talented!
Next up is the Durban World up, however it is much earlier this year, so I really hope that the wind still blows for us!