Akuna Bay Cruising Club

Kim's Diary - Week 13

Monday 06 August, 2007

Monday 30 July 2007
6.00pm Dee Why
Group Training with Penny. The "Group" comprises 2 of my team-mates from the Australian Masters Squad and Bow. Well, my team-mates and I drive Bow to distraction as we rave on about the Myall Lakes weekend. Bow just wants to poke us all with knitting needles. We are very boring as we go on and on. Down to work with Penny who flogs us over the next hour with treadmill, weights, triceps, generally a good all-round session.

Tuesday 31 July 2007
I take Scott to the airport this morning for his trip to Sturgis on the motorbikes.
6.30pm Pyrmont
Mixed teams in 3 boats and a change of training philosophy. We are now working on speed. We have been up to now, laying a foundation of endurance with paddling for long times at a medium speed i.e.65 strokes per min. Now, we are paddling at higher rates between 70 to 90 for short periods. It is an exciting change of pace literally. It also means we are coming down to the business end of the campaign.
Less than 7 weeks to go.

Wednesday 1 August 2007
5.00pm Dee Why Fitness First
Cardio session on the treadmill for 15 mins and the cross trainer for 15 mins but quite high intensity. Here's where I start to go stupid..I go home and eat two pieces of raisin toast instead of cooking a proper meal.

Thursday 2 August 2007
11am Dee Why
Penny session with my friend Sue. I have head spins during the session and do not perform at my best at all. Herein is the importance of eating properly while training so heavily.
6.30pm Pyrmont
Mixed teams in the boat again and speed work again in balmy conditions.

Friday 3 August 2007
6.30am Dee Why, Mistress Penny and Bow.
Well, not a good morning. I breakdown at the gym during the session with Penny. I think 3 sessions with Penny in one week is way too much. Dragon Boat training is a rest compared to Penny. I take the day off work and go straight to bed and sleep. I just need to rest and eat properly. So I do exactly that over the weekend. Except for the two trips out to Penrith for time trials, one at 6.30am Saturday and 6.30am Sunday and then our first Sunday afternoon training session. That takes it up to 4 times a week on the water. How's this for commitment? One of the men came out to Penrith on Saturday morning and did a time trial, went and got married at Palm Beach at the Pacific Club and turned up at training on the Sunday afternoon. He flies out for his honeymoon today (6/8/07).

Saturday 4 August 2007
6.30am Penrith
Time Trials for the women. Paddle a dragon boat on your own with a sweep and another person roughly your weight over 180 metres, on your left side and your right side. We all go through it but at the end, the wind comes up and the coaches decide to end the trial and toss out all the results of the day. We have to do it all over again.

Sunday 5 August 2007
6.30am Penrith
Because I now don't have a life...I volunteer to help the men do their time trials in breezy conditions but they all complete the trials. Then to training at Pyrmont at 3pm for 1 ½ hours. We had a few publicity photos taken and then out on the water to the amusement and entertainment of the many hundreds of people walking along the foreshores at Blackwattle Bay. We were all wearing our NSW uniforms and had three boats out and were really having a "go", so it probably looked OK.

Thanks for reading this, see you in Week 14