2015 was a challenging year but when I reflect on all that has happened I come to realise I have so much to be thankful for. As my postgraduate studies (see what my research group has been involved with) at the University of Cape Town draw to a close, there are new goals to be set and new heights to reach for. Once I complete my masters in engineering (hopefully in the next few weeks!) my full attention and focus will shift to sprint kayaking.
The next big local sprint event is the SA Sprint Champs, which doubles up as the trial for the African Sprint Championships and the ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup. This regatta is taking place in Natal – my old stamping ground – at Shongweni Dam near Durban, mid-March.
It has been testing juggling the varsity and training – discipline has become essential for survival. I am grateful for the support from my family, better half, conditioning coach and training partners who have helped me to make good progress on the water and in the gym even though time has been short. I also believe it’s important to have fun and take time to enjoy the small pleasures lest we drown in the responsibilities that each day brings.
The training focus over the last few months has largely been on aerobic development, an aspect previously lacking in my physical arsenal. Most people think that sprinters don’t need to be ‘that fit’ or require to much volume training but this is simply not true. Having a big aerobic engine is particularly critical for the longer sprint distances such as the 1000m (my main event distance). Let’s hope I’ve done enough to carry me through the next few weeks of intense training leading up to the Champs. I am looking forward to burning it down the course on race day!
That’s all for now. Thanks for reading!