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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 September 2007

Start of the Olympic Season

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I train between 1 and 2 hours at a time, 3 times a day, everyday of the week for 4 or 5 weeks before we get a single day off, for 49 weeks for the year.

 

At the end of the season we race the World Championships and after that we get 3 weeks away from the usual training venue (for an ‘active’ holiday) to let out bodies physically recover from that annual trauma. Now that 3 weeks has already disappeared!