2011 World Championships Training Log:  Plattling, Germany


Kristine, Emily, Dane, Nick, KC and I arrived in Plattling on June 7th, after about 25 hours of traveling from Vail, CO.   Tired but ready to paddle, we all got on the water and tried out this world’s spot.


The water level was at 1.8 meters on the gauge for our first workout, which is considered to be perfect.


McNasty, Loops, cartwheels, were all super easy right away.   Phonix and blunts were a little harder.   I was exhausted but having fun.


We got a good night sleep and paddled at 10am today.    The lineup was short and easy and the mood relaxed.   I wouldn’t say I got better at anything, but did some good Split/phonix, and some good loops.    I was hitting bottom more than I liked and finally created a leaky bow in my carbon boat.


I switched to a plastic boat this PM as they were delivered and the bottom was not an issue.  I am getting Lunar Orbits now, which is sweet!


At dinner across the street and had a great dinner cheap.   I am falling asleep again and ready for bed at only 8pm.


Big day tomorrow as we do an early workout and then go to Galasport to work on our boats.




Morning Workout before Galasport-  Things are getting EASY now!   Mcnasties are getting aerial and fast and consistent.  Split phonix is getting easier too!   Loops are huge, space godzilla’s OK.    Getting my Lunar Orbits as well!  Getting the feeling back!


Galasport visit- long day but a good one.   Great to see these guys!


Afternoon workout- 6-8pm-

Lunar Orbits going well,   getting this ride pretty easily.


Mcnasty left, right

Air loop

Space split phonix left

Space left

Split left/right right phonix

Lunar orbit

Back loop



Friday- June 10, 2011


Workout 1- 8-10am

Small lineup- did some good paddling today!

McNasty was going great- 10 for 10  (5 each way)

Split phonix going well

Air loop OK

Space Godzilla needs work

Lunar orbit getting better but needs work

Back loop OK , but needs work

Found new set up on surfers right- quick carve out and then back, much safer if you screw up and easy to get on top at lower water


Workout #2- goal:  More lunar orbit training.


Nothing but lunar orbit training this afternoon.  Fun stuff.    I invented this move in 2003 and nailed it perfectly on my first try on the Zambezi River.   It is amazing to me that I am having to really practice it over and over again to get the proper feeling back and get vertical to vertical ends going without flushing.    Crazy.    After watching Peter Czonka train and do three out of three attempts, I wanted that move back in my routine.       The three moves commonly done in competitions today that I created, I want each one in my ride.  McNasty, Lunar Orbit, and Split-wheel.     I am getting the others easily.


I am beat and dead tired.    Lack of proper sleep, too much time on the water, not enough recovery.   Sick from the river water, forgetting my European river rule, which is to do a shot of hard alcohol after each workout to kill any germs attempting to take hold in my body (coach Sylvan’s remedy from 1993) and it works.


Work out #3:

Back in my carbon boat- fixed like a champ by Galasport.  It was never in bad shape but had one crack in the bow that needed attention.    Feels good to be in such a light boat again, but not good worrying about the rocks.     Nick and I are both getting fired up on being able to slam the river bottom with no stress in the plastic boats.   We are already hinting on paddling our plastic boats for the World Championships.   Most of the athletes would not understand and think we are crazy.    I am 100% in favor of having a carbon Rock Star, but given a choice between one or the other I would own a plastic one.   Own two?  Then I’ll get a carbon one too.      When the world’s competition comes around I think others will understand the concept better.   The Euros and locals watch each other too much and everyone gets used to doing baby loops, etc.. to avoid the full steam bottom slam that destroys boats.    We are bringing a different heat here that will get the crowd on its feet.   Flying high.   Wait until Stephen arrives- the big air master.      I can go big in my plastic boat.  I can go about 10 pounds higher in my composite boat, but practicing for the right plugging location/angle, etc.. is a boat breaking exercise.    The Galasport bow is as resistant to breaking as they come, but…


My workout #3 didn’t go so well.   Too tired by the end and I was losing focus.  I couldn’t do moves as well as my first workout here!   I tried the easiest stuff to get my focus back and even that stuff was sloppy.   Time to get off the water.


We ate at a little pizza place and I got a mushroom pizza and beer and fell asleep at the table at one point.    10pm dinner after paddling (stays light late here) and bed at 12am.  Up again at 6:45 for breakfast and workout #1


Workout #1- Saturday June 10, 2011

Body is tired.   Nick looks dead tired, eyes red, and definitely needs rest.      Paddled composite for first hour, plastic for second 2 hours.      Worked on all moves.    McNasty right to split right/left to phonix left, to split left right/ to phonix right combo was a big focus.   Still not getting past first split wheel as my bow is coming down to vertical and to sideways to do a proper pirouette into the first phonix.      I will get this down, I think.     It is a sick combo worth about a zillion points if the judges are good enough to see and call it out.     It is also a fast way to bust through the hardest moves without a pause.   2nd Mcnasty still needed but that goes from the pit so no set up time needed.    Then the Lunar orbit into cartwheels or backloop is my idea for another combo and then loop moves- huge and clean.   Felix front loop combo is tempting and Nick is doing that well, but getting huge and clean is almost impossible from the felix.       Practiced until I dropped today.    Lineup was medium/short and the time on the water was well spent.


Peter and Pringle watched another one of our workouts.    I wonder what they are thinking?   I’ll be they think they’ll kick our butts, as they are very consistent at the hard moves and we are still figuring it out on the home turf.      I watched Peter paddle and he was looking very sharp on his moves.   He is a machine here.    He will be a big challenge to overcome here.


Got off the water and my arms are borderline tendonitis and overtraining for sure.   Technique is more important to me than feeling strong so no letting up anytime soon.  Lots of catching up to do before it gets super crowded.      Went to Deggindorph to check it out and eat lunch.  Nick and Emily slept in the back seat while I tried to stay awake.


Getting Ready for Workout #2 today-