You will have to excuse my lack of communication over the past 3 weeks. The birth of our second child definitely took priority over most things and blog writing had to take a backseat. Our baby boy was born October 10th at a healthy(chubby) weight of 9lbs 2oz. His name is Kane and he is doing very well! Adjusting to having two kids will take some time but it is a really fun challenge. That being said though, I would recommend NOT trying to train for a world championship race during the first month of your second child's life. Finding training time over these past few weeks has definitely been more challenging but thanks to my super understanding and amazing partner Karly, I have managed to still get on the water and into the gym these past few weeks.
Yesterday I said goodbye to my Starboard 12'6 x 24" Carbon All Star race board. It is on it's way to LA to then be picked up by fellow racer Jason Bennett, who will be taking it the rest of the way to Fiji. Board shipping has proven to be one of the more difficult logistical challenges of this World Championships. Unfortunately, the airline I am flying with said my board would not fit on the plane and so I had to start seeking out new options for getting my board to Fiji. Initially, I had a good lead on shipping it Air Freight from YVR but my initial quote of $500 one way quickly turned to $1200 when they actually punched in the size and weight of the board. $1200 was just a bit ridiculous to get my board there and so I started looking for cheaper options. Shipping by sea is a much cheaper option but I was told that this would have needed to be done 2 months in advance and that getting it out of the port in Fiji may have been challenging along with some unknown port fees. So thankfully after chatting with Jason, he agreed to take my board and his board on his flight to Fiji.
It has been so great for me to see the support from all areas of the paddling community. The fundraiser I held in August was amazing and went a long way to fund this trip. My board is being shipped by Starboard down to LA where it will be received by a local Starboard team rider who lives near LAX. Jason's board is also being shipped to the LA team rider from Starboard's LA warehouse. Jason will have to meet with him in LA during his 8 hour layover in between flights to pick up both boards and get them back to LAX and onto a plane to Fiji. I hope somebody takes a picture of Jason walking through LAX with two 12'6" race boards on each arm. Needless to say, I have had a lot of help and I couldn't make it happen without some awesome support.
My training has changed a little bit this week as I am beginning to taper getting ready for the race. This means I am reducing the duration of high intensity paddles and spending less time in the gym. I will still be on the water but spending more time focusing on short intervals and technical skills to keep me sharp. It can be hard to reduce training leading up to the event as it feels like I am wasting precious time when I could be getting faster or stronger but I am learning that rest is also training. It's important to make sure my body is rested, fuelled and ready to perform on race day.
My first race could be as early as Monday November 14th. The races will be broadcast online through SUPRACER.COM and I will make sure the link is posted on my blog when it is available. I will be posting again soon with some more details about the specific races I'll be doing. Thanks!