One Day More

One day more – but not till revolution – one day more till the start gun!
I’ll be honest, I’m a little nervous for this race. I’m not exactly sure why. I feel how I felt before my first Junior Worlds Team Trial here in Lake Placid in 2007. I guess it’s because this is the first time I can see myself actually making the US National Team, no Junior or U23 before it, but the real National Team. It’s pretty exciting. Oh well, I’ve done the training, I’ll let the race play itself out. I’m so ready for this race!
I’ll update you as soon as possible, in case I can’t get to my computer, I’ll have my phone so follow my twitter @kayakracerbond (scroll down to read my tweets).
Thank you all so much for reading and following my progress! I appreciate your encouragement and support!

Lake Placid At Last!

Here’s the update!
I am now in Lake Placid, NY at the Olympic Training Center one week out from the Lake Placid International Regatta. My shoulder is feeling as strong as ever, I’m energetic as ever, optimistic as ever, faster than ever, and overly excited as ever!
I can’t wait for the start gun! And to think that I’m this jittery before the full taper! I think I might implode from anticipation!
This morning was my first workout here and it was a K4 with Jared MacArthur, Ryan Stock, and JL Guinchard. It went quite well for the first time paddling together. There are a few things I can fix and that the crew as a whole can work on but I think we’ll make a great showing at the regatta this weekend.
I’m not sure when we’ll be paddling K1 or K2s yet but we have enough time to play around with some combinations.
Most of all I’m excited for the K1 though, because if I finish 2nd of the US guys in the K1 1000m I will be representing the US at the World Championships in Hungary!
Wooot! Ok time to relax, drink some water, pack a bag and head back down to the lake.

Bringing the Pain

There is a lot going on in the kayak world right now, at least my kayak world. Two weeks ago I had a 10km race on a river in Little Rock, Arkansas which I forgot to give the results for. Last year I got 2nd behind Mike Herbert by 12 seconds. This year I managed to beat Mike by over a minute and finished 30 seconds behind my training partner Carlos Garcia. I’m so grateful to the Lord for sustaining me during my race and keeping my shoulder healthy. The night before the race I went for just a float paddle on the river and my shoulder was killing me, then the next day I pounded for 10km and had no problems at all! Praise the Lord.
Since then I have just been ramping up for the Lake Placid International Regatta July 2-3. This is honestly my favorite US regatta of the year, the competition tends to be some of the best in the country, especially for Juniors, and no other regatta course can beat the scenery. Plus this will be my fifth year attending this regatta and every year it’s very well organized and run.
This year it is being used as the qualifiers for the Senior Men’s K2 1000m spot for the World Championship Team. William Irving sent out the criteria for the K2 and in short it is the top 2 eligible US men from the K1 1000m. The only people going are the Seniors and U23 paddlers not named to the World Championship team already, and of those guys I am ranked 2nd in the 1000m K1 based off of Team Trials. So there is a solid chance for me to make the Senior National Team this year! I’m so pumped! To top this I feel like I’ve made a breakthrough on the water.
Yesterday I pulled a 7 minute 55 second 2km as part of a 15km workout. I wasn’t even trying to pull a time. I was a little worried that I wouldn’t be able to access that same speed again today but this morning I again proved myself wrong and killed it on the water. It was on of the harder workouts I have done in a while and I felt like I was going to die every piece. So much pain! But it was really good. In a race there are so many uncertainties, but one thing that is certain is the pain. An athlete’s job is to become so accustom to the pain in practice that they can ignore it completely in competition. That’s what I’m doing right now — bringing the Pain.

Week on the Water

Praise the Lord! I paddled nearly every day this last week. It was wonderful! Though I’m not quite 100% (I actually had to get off early morning) I’m increasingly getting closer and closer to full strength. I am very grateful to David Huslig with Valir Physical Therapy! This is now the second time he has helped me recover from some sports related injury and I really appreciate his help. It is quite a blessing to have such a skilled physical therapist here at the Boathouse.
In an hour or so I’ll be hopping in the car and driving down to a 5.5 mile race in Little Rock, Arkansas. I participated in this race last year and had a blast so I’m very excited to do it again. I get the honor of racing against Mike Herbert one of the best paddlers America has put out and a wonderful guy. I’m hoping and praying that my shoulder will hold up for the race and I can beat Mike this year. Last year he edged me out by 12 seconds!
A quick update on fundraising, through your generous donations I was able to raise enough money for my flight and my U23 Team fee, so a huge thank you to all you who donated!
Well time to pack a bag and get on the road! I’ll update you all Sunday on how the race goes this weekend!
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!