Akuna Bay Cruising Club

Kim's Diary - Week 14

Tuesday 14 August, 2007

Monday 6 August 2007
5.00pm Dee Why Fitness First
30 minutes of treadmill and cross trainer, no boxing with Bow because all hell broke loose at Manly and she had to cancel out. I went home, ate, bathed and in bed by 7.30pm and slept right through to 5.30am. Wonderful!

Tuesday 7 August 7, 2007
6.30am Dee Why Fitness First with Mistress Penny
A relaxed session with Penny because of my meltdown last week. She called it a post-natal session. Of course, it was still quite hard but she didn't smash us up like usual.

6.30pm Pyrmont
I injured my knee tonight turning the boats over, very painful. Out in the 3 boats, mixed teams, speed work again finishing off with 20 minute endurance spell. The speed work included paddling up to 80 strokes per minute for 30 secs repeated 4 times, then changed sides and do it again. Nice feel in the boat, everyone is chatty and the mood is high. I think we are seeing the end and we are getting excited about it. I come home and get into a hot bath and go to bed but my knee aches and keeps me awake most of the night.

Wednesday 8 August 2007
6.45pm Massage with Sam
Ooh! How good was this! This time I had a Swedish massage. Yeah baby! I nearly nodded off to sleep in the middle. No exercise today and lovin' it!

Thursday 9 August 2007
6.30pm Pyrmont
Dear Reader, we are starting to get down to tin tacks now. The countries that the Australian Masters Women will be competing against are...identical for the 200m, 500m and 1000m and they are: Germany, Canada x 2, USA x 2, China and New Zealand. The ones to look out for are the Chinese and Canadians, particularly the Chinese. My understanding is that they grab the ladies and put them in a camp for 6 months prior to competition and train 8 hours per day, every day.
So, what did we do tonight? It was a balmy evening, the city looked a picture. 3 boats of mixed gender, warm up and then 8 minutes continuous paddling at 65 strokes, level 4, stop, swap sides, do it again. Then 6 minutes continuous paddling, stop, swap sides, 4 minutes continuous paddling, stop, swap sides. Our team went particularly well tonight and we felt very good about it.

Saturday 11 August 2007
8am Pyrmont
An absolute sparkler of a morning, a privilege to be out on the harbour in a boat of any description. 3 boats this morning, one Mens, one Womens and one mixed crew instead of the usual 3 x mixed crews. Technique work this morning, the boat had a really good feel and seemed to be running across the water nicely. Good stuff! Then back to Akuna Bay for the First Aid Course which everyone agreed was excellent.

Sunday 12 August 2007
3pm Pyrmont
3 x Mixed teams, plenty of speed work and lots of starts. Starts are very tiring because they require a huge effort each time to get the boat up and running. We did 6 starts on one side, swapped over sides and did another 6 starts. But to the credit of the coaches, the sessions are fairly short, very structured and highly organized.

The end of another week, 5 more to go!!!

See you in Week XV