A little bit of background…
I get asked a lot how at 43 I can still keep racing at the level I do. How I keep mixing at the front of the pack with the best in the world. How I stay injury free. What my secrets are.
Well there are no secrets. There are no substitutes for hard work. A good training plan, good nutrition, the right equipment, and having fun are all key factors in my program, but without constantly working on my technique and learning to use my body in the most efficient way possible, none of my accomplishments thus far could be achieved.
It’s important to understand your body, your stroke, and to learn to create full-body connection in order to start to break power-blocking old habits, to be able to constantly keep evolving as a paddler.
When I look at technique it’s not about everyone paddling the same way. For example, if you look at the top 10 paddlers in the world over the last 5 years, you’ll notice some very visual differences in the way most paddled, but their boards speeds are all very similar. Why is that? It’s the little things they all do the same way which has their bodies “connected” you don’t notice. It’s these small, but simple adjustments that can make the difference in your speed, power, and efficiency, taking you to that next level, whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or elite paddler.