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27th May 2008

Final Training Before Olympics

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I have just returned from Holland where I was competing in my first international event since selection.  It felt great to be back competing and getting back into training again after time off ,however I felt a little ‘race rusty’ at the start of the event. 

 

The plan was to use the event as a building block towards the Games and to help identify where I need to focus my efforts and put into place key features that will help me achieve in China. 

 

Light winds dominated for the main part of the event and I felt I had fairly good pace, although problems with getting off the starting line affected my consistency. 

 

  Miami

21st May 2008

The World Cup Season

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 Peter - New ImageIt is difficult to say whether this year has flown by or not. On the one hand, the weeks and months of the tough winter training period dragged on and on like never before with the Olympic goal like a bull’s-eye target too distant to make out. On the other hand, we are now right in the middle of the World Cup season just 10 weeks before the Olympic final in August.

 

The summer racing season is here. Each year there are 3 World Cup regattas in Europe where the majority of the countries enter their boats for a chance to assess themselves against the opposition and to get ready for the main event of the year. For 3 out of every 4 years, this main event is the World Championships in September, but every 4th year it is the big one: The Olympic Games.

4th April 2008

Selected for Olympics!

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I was selected to represent Great Britain at the 2008 Olympic Games sailing in the Women’s Singlehanded Class the Laser Radial in Mar 08 following an extensive trials period.  Having worked so hard over the past 18 months I was delighted and relieved at the decision.  The trial process for my class had been extremely close between myself and my 3 rivals and despite all being really good friends, with only one place on offer, the competition has been fierce.  Having been training virtually none stop for 15 months to gain selection I have finally been able to have a short break and am now starting the build up towards the Games. 

 

 Penny - Navy logo

The next few months focuses on training in specific conditions in preparation for what is expected in China and includes some time sailing in the Olympic waters off Qingdao as well as competing at the European Championships in Jul.  The Games start on 8 Aug with racing commencing on 12 Aug and finishing on 19 Aug.

3rd April 2008

Olympic Selection

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At the start of this month I raced and won the final selection trial for the 4th year in a row. It is the last chance for the team to race each other in two man boats called pairs and gives the chief coach, Jürgen Grobler, the final piece of information he needs to select his Olympic crews.