Canoe Sprint

Training

How to find satisfaction as an athlete, regardless of the outcome

I wrote the following essay as a way to organize my thoughts about my current state as an amateur athlete. I've been on and off the Canadian national canoe team for 7 years, but have yet to really break through to the top. Through much reflection I’ve managed to put down some things I’ve learnt about myself as athlete and a person. I’m hoping that others will find this useful.

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Faster, stronger, quicker – deliberate practice

It is, as every athlete is crucially aware his or her physical Training that has the greatest degree of net positive effect on performance. Which is precisely why, day in day out, rain or shine the elite athlete is committed to and dedicated to his or training regimen. It is the biggest influenceable variable on performance outcome.

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Stay motivated - Preventing burnout and staying fresh

Motivation is a key component in all the paddling disciplines, and the most successful paddlers demonstrate Mastery Motivation – the attitude, determination and commitment to achieve mastery over yourself, your competitors and your environment by performing to the best of your own ability.

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Building strong relationships with journalists

Nurturing your relationships with journalists is crucial if you’re hoping to tell your story to a broader audience. Journalists in the sport industry are a passionate bunch. Be good to them and they’ll be great to you. So, how can you be good to them?

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Sprint Canoe Drills: It’s a Balancing Act!

As canoeists, we can all remember our first time trying out a sprint canoe. Steadying yourself against the dock, paddle in hand, pushing off gingerly (perhaps with the help of someone else holding on to the stern of the boat) and slapping the water repeatedly with your blade. SPLASH! Into the water again. It’s a familiar cycle: push off, fall in, climb up, repeat.

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Sex wins - sex before sport has its benefits

Latest research into the effect sex has on sports performance suggests that as long as the interaction occurs 10 to 12 hours before the athlete takes to the field, it makes little to no difference to the athlete’s output.

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Adopting a High Performance Attitude

Everyone knows about Mohammed Ali, one of the most vocal and successful boxers of all time. He came across as pretty arrogant and over-confident, but the one thing we can't deny is that he was the greatest when it came to self belief. He talked the talk, and walked the walk, but most importantly, he also did the work, which allowed him to totally believe in his ability to beat his competitors.

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