Thirty-one days to the World Championships

31 days, and a lot of work to do. David and I had our first time trial this morning and our time wasn’t as fast as we’d hoped. We’d hoped it would be faster but realistically it made sense for how long we’ve been working together – 4 days. We got some video of the whole time trial so we can figure out what we need to change. We have several coaches who will be looking over the video and Carlos has offered to help out as well. So we are well taken care of!
It’s all part of the game, trying to find what works and what doesn’t to make the boat perfect.
We did some 250m pieces the other day and were able to hold some blistering times quite comfortably so everything we need is there, we just have train ourselves to access it for a whole race. Good thing we’ve got 31 days.

A huge thank you to all my supporters as always! Through your support the Lord has provided for me to go to the World Championships. I am overwhelmed with gratitude to you all!

Raising Funds for the World Championships

I’ve been working all day on the logistics for a trip to the World Championships. I’ll be going with the Team to Pusiano, Italy via Milan, then from Milan to Budapest to Szeged, Hungary, then after the World Championships are over, back to Oklahoma City. Let’s just say it’s a little complicated.
I am so grateful to those who’ve been able to donate so far and those who have pledged to give! We’re almost there! You’ve helped me raise nearly enough to cover all my flights. There is, however, nearly $2000 left to be raised. If you are willing and able please help send me to the World Championships! Any amount is appreciated, and if you can’t give anything right now but will be able to soon, please contact me through my website and pledge an amount, be it $10, $100, or $1000, it will be greatly appreciated! The sooner I know how much I still need, the smoother all these logistics will go.
Also a huge way you can help out is by posting a link to my website on your Facebook, your Twitter, or just by telling your friends about it.
Thank you all!

Quick Update from Princeton!

After an amazing weekend at the Lake Placid International Regatta, I headed down to Princeton, NJ to stay with my friend Fred Mechini and his family. I’ve been enjoying the best Italian culture and cuisine found this side of the Atlantic! They have been the most gracious hosts!
I have been able to use their home gym which has everything I could need. In his gym Fred has a kayak ergometer (kayak machine) which not only is a great workout, but are great for working on technique, and Fred’s set up is especially good for that with a full mirror in front of it.
This afternoon I had the pleasure of paddling with Borys Markin and some of the paddlers from Rockaway Canoe & Kayak Club. The lake they paddle on, Lake Sebego is absolutely gorgeous! There are trees surrounding it, massive boulders on the shore, huge turtles in the water, and a 1000m course marked out with buoys every 250m. It is an ideal place to train, especially with all the cabins on the shore where the Rockaway guys stay on the weekends. It would be such an amazing place to have kayak camps as there is everything you need and nothing you don’t!
I’ve been able to visit a dear friend of mine from school up north a little ways from Princeton, and we’ve just had the richest time together! I went into New York City for the first time yesterday and after exploring coffee shops, and going on a sailing tour, I met up with my friend and saw Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. Oh what a foretaste of Heaven that was!
I am having a great time and getting some quality training here, but am looking forward to getting back to Oklahoma City to train with my K2 partner David Petrovics.

Cedric Bond – National Team Member

Thanksgiving
That says it all. If you couldn’t tell from the last post, I was extremely nervous going into this regatta. Thankfully the Lord was with me and pushed me down the race course. This week I struggled a lot in pray between my flesh asking for victory and my spirit completely giving the race and the results up to God. Saturday morning I was just given peace from the Holy Spirit, and He enabled me to give it all to the Lord. This definitely wasn’t just between me and God, I am so blessed to have the encouragement and prayerful support of so many.

Fundraising

Qualifying for the World Championships is exciting – but the amount of money I have to raise isn’t quite. I haven’t heard the exact total yet but it includes a flight to Italy which in a quick search I found prices between $900 and $2,000. I’ll be going with the cheapest possible but that only works if I can raise the money fast enough since the flights are only getting more expensive. The fees for the rest of the trip will be around $2,000, these include a week at a training site in Pusiano, Italy, then a trip to Szeged, Hungary, food, travel, housing, entry fees, boat transport, Visas, etc. It’s not going to be a cheap trip, but I know if I’m supposed to go, God will provide for the trip, and if not, that should be clear also. I’ll have the final amount up as soon as possible, but safe to say it’s a lot. If you can afford and you feel inclined, I could sure use some funding, but definitely don’t feel guilted into it, if you’ve already given please don’t feel like you have to give more. The easiest way to donate is to go to my Donate page and use the Paypal button on my site.