Training Dirty

By Joe Leach – Prior to my 2015 solo Ireland circumnavigation I took some time to reflect on how best to train for expedition kayaking. What we sea paddlers do on expedition requires honing a peculiar set of skills and yet, like the coastline itself, our journeys are shaped by environmental factors beyond our control. …

Rest and Recovery

By John Willacy – Article aimed at higher national level canoe slalom competitors in relation to rest and recovery within a training programme. As the race season draws closer, there is more time pressure on our paddlers – coaching weekends, training camps, and race weekends – and of course all the other non-canoeing things that …

Tapering and Peaking

By John Willacy – Article aimed at higher national level canoe slalom competitors preparing for a specific race. Tapering and Peaking are fairly straightforward training concepts for aiming to bring about a high level performance at a specific race. They are not complicated ideas, but can be tricky to time accurately and are often misunderstood. …