Desert Rat

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John Hishin-Cape Town Sport Photography

 

In Dubai, it’s race day tomorrow. My new NeloSki is looking smart with the funky logo and design. Will post some pics tomorrow.

Wind prediction is 12 knots NW, so we will be doing a “new” course compared to the last few years. Exciting, except for the 4km flat stretch at the end. I better make sure I have some gas let in the tank for that!

Picked up a bug on the plane… Why me? I am the happy owner of blocked sinuses (and the pleasant headache that comes with that) as well as a streaming nose and stuffy chest! And most of the sinus medication is banned so I am keeping it all clear with good old faithful Olbas!

Hope I feel hundreds in the morning. At least I will look smart in my fancy new Nelo Race Kit 🙂

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Nelo Summer Challenge Video

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The guys at Nelo put this cracker video together of the race.

Enjoy!!

2 more weeks & XXL Nelo Ski

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Nelo has launched their XXL Ski. Can’t wait to see it when I get to Portugal. It is aimed at the heavier paddler, and for bigger surf conditions.

I have 2 more weeks of training here in SA, and then I am flying to Portugal for the Nelo Summer Challenge. I am super excited as I have about 5 weeks in Europe, with loads of ski races, and an event in Ibiza! Hectic, never been there before, so that should be pretty cool:)

Now to get through these next few training blocks…

Durban Race Report

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Apologies for this belated report. Things got a bit hectic, with Coaching Clinics in East London first thing Monday after the race, and then a few more in Port Elizabeth! The vibe in East London is amazing. The guys and gals there just want to learn about paddling, and how they can improve! So positive!

OK, the race. Basically I had a great battle with Nikki Mocke most of the way. I picked quite a shallow line, and I was gunning it, enjoying the ever-increasing runs that where being generated by the improving wind conditions. Nikki started to follow my line, and I managed to open a nice gap on her. Then she went deep. I think that was  great move on her part as I seemed to hit a lot of current head on! I managed to keep in the game for a while longer, but in the last few km’s, she got ahead, and I just couldn’t seem to get going. I was catching some fantastic runs, but think that the current was maybe just too strong. What a great race though, nice and tactical.

At this point in the year, with the amount of training I have done, I am pretty stoked with my fitness levels. There is still a whole year of racing ahead, and I am going to build into it this time around!

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Next up is EP marathon Champs this coming weekend, and then SA Marathon Champs in Plett on the 12/13 June. July is looking quiet, a nice time to put some solid training in, as August is looking pretty exciting, maybe a US trip, and then Portugal for 2 races!

I have my new Nelo ski and Vanquish 3 K1. WOW! What amazing boats. Have been putting some time into the ski, and am loving the comfort of it. I can get a full rotation in, so my back is loving me! Even the Chiro agrees 🙂 I will post some photo’s soon!

Also loving my New balance kit and shoes. New sponsors rock!