Check out my first training session, courtesy of my Swedish teammate David Sandberg.
My training sessions leading up to the competition had been great and I felt really relaxed and confident. But on the day of the prelims of K1 junior men (K1JM) I was getting super nervous and I started getting stressed out. There were 7 heats in prelims and since I was in heat 6 I got the chance to see a bunch of really good rides so I really felt the pressure was on for me to do well.
In my first ride I felt I was rushing it and I was not at all happy with my performance. Before my 2nd run Courtney Kerin, a K1 junior women's athlete from New Zealand whom I had gotten to know the week prior to the competition, told me to calm down and focus on what I was going to do. Her advice helped a lot as I did not hear the sound of the crowd; all I heard was the sound of the water. Needless to say, my 2nd run was much better than my first.
Following my heat I headed straight over to the to the results board waiting for the result to get posted. I had placed 25th with only the top 10 advancing to the semi-final. At first I was very upset as I felt I could have done so much better. But then I thought "Hey, I gave it my best shot, I tried my hardest and I cannot wait until 2013 world championship to be held at NOC in North Carolina".
Currently I am training hard and doing my best to learn new things and keep on having fun. Next week I will be heading to the Ottawa river. See you guys on the water!