Winter is well and truly here and I'm sure you can feel it every time you step outside. Well its just as bad when you have to get on the water for a flat water training session or a day on a white water river. Having good thermal base layers is the key to staying warm in these conditions. There is a huge range of base layer products on the market now that offer varying degrees of protection and comfort. For me I have been using CRAFT sportswear products for about 3 years now for all types of kayaking and training. CRAFT are a Swedish company that specialise in making performance sportswear for cycling, running and skiing and have done so for the last four decades. Why CRAFT? Three reasons
This looks like a fantastic race and is high on the to do list. I was hoping to do the race this year but it was only 2 weeks after the DW so it was ruled out.
Next year it is on the 22nd/23rd of March, a month before the DW. This would definitely be a testing race given the unpredictable nature of Scottish weather and it being so early in the season.
Here is what is on offer for the non-stop race:
21.5kms of canal...
60.5kms of open water Lochs...
Grade 1/2 river… 1 Nessie!
Check out the video of 2013. It looks great.
I received this cool little gadget in the post today from the guys in FINIS Europe. It is an audible metronome that can be set to different stroke rates. I first heard about these devices from a triathlete friend who uses a Tempo Trainer for swimming. He suggested that it might be useful for kayaking. So I am going to try it out as a training aid for marathon kayaking. I am hoping that it will be helpful in developing stroke efficiency and timing. It can also be used for interval training and few other things.
I am really looking forward to trying it out over the next few weeks and posting how I get on.
Check out http://www.finisinc.com/eu/ for more details and other FINIS products.
I am delighted to announce that I will be working with The RACE as an elite kayak trainer and adviser for the big event in March 2014. This will be the first extreme adventure race of its kind in Ireland and will require competitors to run, kayak and cycle 260km in under 24 hours. This will be one gruelling event that will push even the toughest to there limits.
Check out the RACE website for more details http://www.therace.ie/
David Horkan from Paddle & Pedal. Posting info on various outdoor adventures in Mayo and around Ireland.