Back in a Boat

This week has been our first week back in C2 after a fortnights holiday following the European Champs and our Olympic disappointment.

In the intervening time I've been to Liptovsky in the beautiful Tatra mountains for a week and then home to Aberdeen for my friends Andrew and Kate's wedding.

Liptovsky was pretty good fun. I was mostly there to spend some time with my girlfriend Sarah who was racing at the 60th Tatra Cup and Ondreja Cibaka Memorial Race. The Race gave me the opportunity to dust of my kayak skills and try to beat the Hochschorners in kayak having failed to do so in C2. Unfortunately they kicked my ass but I did manage to narrowly beat the Womens K1 (by only 0.1sec on Sunday) and in doing so managed to retain a modicum of pride. Thanks very much to Huw Swetnam for lending me his old kayak and to Huw's Dad, David Swetnam, for working tirelessly, with only a very occasional eye rest, as our team manager.

This race was also the final race of Womens Olympic Selection for the Slovak Team. It was incredibly exciting watching two of the World's best women kayakers, Elena Kaliska and Jana Dukatova, race off for only one spot. Commiserations to Dukatova but big congratulations to Kaliska who held it together under incredible pressure to take the spot. Check out the Canoe World Series website for more news about the race.

The trip to Aberdeen involved a lot of driving but Andrew and Kate's wedding was really good and it was cool to catch up with lots of friends I hadn't seen for ages. It was also nice to see my parents garden in summertime as I've only made it up there for Christmas in the last few years.

After two weeks out of C2 it felt very physically demanding to get back in on Monday but we've had a pretty good weeks training and are looking forward to the World Cups. Two more weeks training in Nottingham then we'll embark for four weeks of consecutive racing. Check out the links below for more info about the Races.

Cheers Tim

(Posted on the 31st May 2008)
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