Kayaker, Engineer, Athlete, Tinkerer

Monday, January 30, 2012

Training Weekend

This past weekend, the domestic members of the US Wildwater Sprint Team got together for a weekend of training since the weather was unseasonable warm.  On saturday we were able to do some attaining/sprints on the "Narrows" of the Susquehanna near Marysville.  While sunny and sort of warm(high 40's)  it was very windy and on a river 3/4 a mile wide it made making some of the moves interesting.  Later that day we headed down below the York Haven Dam also on the Susquehanna for some big wave training.  You can see from the video it was quite big.  Then on sunday we did three lowish runs on the Codorus.  Fortunately I was able to avoid the piton rock in upper dee's all 3 times so I was pretty happy.  It was a great weekend considering it was January and it was in the 20's the week before.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

5 months to go

"Today I will do what other's won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't"
In five months time I get the opportunity to represent the United States at the Wildwater World Championships in France.  I've been making some good progress but I still have a ways to go.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Long overdue update

Well its been quite a while since my last update so I figured I would try and go over whats been happening.  First off I survived finals week and for once brought my GPA up.  Ended up with a 3.95 for the semester with 18 credits which was a good way to end the semester.  At this point my motivation to train in the 30 degree weather was lacking to say the least.  Luckily there was a training camp just after Christmas back in NC where I worked over the summer.  Being able to paddle twice a day in the 40's and 50's was a welcome change over the much colder PA.  It was a productive camp with alot of good feedback I now have a list of things to work on.  The new semester has started relatively easily and as of this morning it seems like there might actually be some snow this winter, and I was able to still paddle the next day, where I go on spring creek 'should' stay open all winter.