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Robin Vasey

K1M Canoe Slalom

Canoe Slalom, is a one of only two Olympic Canoeing Disciplines (Canoe Sprint being the other); and races range from Beginner and Amateur Level (Division 4, 3, and 2), to Elite National Level (Premier Division) and International Level (World Ranking Events, World Cups, World Championships and of course the Olympics).

It’s hard to put into words the requirements, for Canoe Slalom, it takes in excess of 10 years to get to the Elite Level. But for comparison the event is similar to Ski-Slalom, with up-to 25 green and red gates (two poles hung over the water) to negotiate, in number order. Requiring the balance, agility, flexibility and explosive power of a gymnast, combined with the running fitness of an 800m runner, and mental focus of an F1 driver.

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The turbulent white water courses, which races are held on, each have their own particular difficulties. Each course has an infinite number of possibilities for the race organiser to place the gates, so the athletes have to be innately connected with the moving water, their body, their boat and paddles; and possibly most important of all, their mental imagery, as at the Elite Level, paddlers are not allowed to practice the course prior to the race.
For this reason the sport, requires experience, patience, reactivity, mental strength including imagery and self-belief, and power. The power to direct, fight, accelerate, jump and use, the strong currents in the white water, to negotiate the course in as fast a time as possible, without touching or missing any gates as this incurs time penalty’s, which could mean the difference between missing out and medalling, at all levels.

Achievements

  • Current UK National Premier Division Ranking

    1st (April 2012)

  • UK Premier Race 5 April, 2012

    2nd (River Tay, Scotland)

  • UK Premier Race 4 March, 2012

    2nd (River Tay, Scotland)

  • UK Premier Race 3 and Olympic Selection Wildcard 2012

    8th (CIWW, Cardiff)

  • UK Premier Race 2 March, 2012

    9th (River Trent, Nottingham)

  • UK Premier Race 1 March, 2012

    11th (River Tryweryn, North Wales)

  • Australian Open Championships Feb, 2012

    60th (Penrith, Australia)

  • Oceania Open Championships and Olympic Qualifier Feb, 2012

    60th (Penrith, Australia)

My Training Plan

  • mon

    White Water Hard Technique, Cardiovascular and Power Weights

    Morning - White Water Hard Technique (1-2hours)
    Afternoon – Cardiovascular Gym, and Power Weights (1-2hours)
    Evening – Stretching/Pilates (30mins-1hour)

  • tue

    White Water Resistance Loops and Run/Bike Ride

    Morning - White Water Resistance Loops (1-2hours)
    Afternoon – 4mile Hill Run/Bike Ride (1-2hours)
    Evening – Stretching/Core bodyweight Exercises (30mins-1hour)

  • wed

    White Water Full Runs, Cardiovascular, Pilates and Power Weights

    Morning - White Water Full Runs (1-2hours)
    Afternoon – Cardiovascular Gym, and Power Weights (1-2hours)
    Evening – Stretching/Pilates (30mins-1hour)

  • thu

    White Water Speed Technique and Stretching

    Morning - White Water Speed Technique (1-2hours)
    Afternoon – Rest
    Evening – Stretching/Core bodyweight Exercises (30mins-1hour)

  • fri

    Run/Bike Ride, Flat water stroke technique and stretching

    Morning – 10km Run/ Bike Ride (1-2hours)
    Afternoon – Aerobic Recovery: Flat Water Stroke Technique (1hours)
    Evening – Stretching (30mins-1hour)

  • mon

    White Water Technique, Cardiovascular and Power Weights

    Morning - White Water Technique (1-2hours)
    Afternoon – Cardiovascular Gym, and Power Weights (1-2hours)
    Evening – Stretching/Pilates (30mins-1hour)

"A full time athlete since December 2010, my training load has only peaked at the Elite level since then, but my race results, and performances are getting better and better. "