So sad to hear of the passing of a true legend of British Canoe Slalom. Ken Trollope has been helping with the organisation of slalom in Britain for as long as I can remember and was still judging on cold riverbanks this season! He will be missed every bit as much as his late wife Sue by all involved in the sport. Sending love to Tim, Amanda and all the family.
The big 60th Prem win (in kayak) of my career today! An honour to just walk through my front door with the Ruth Holdway trophy in tow. A remarkable woman who gave so much to the sport in her all too short life. Thank you to @staffordandstonecanoeclub for a well organised event as always.
Now I'm about to head right back out the front door tomorrow morning for a 5 day training camp in Prague in the run up to the Euros there at the start of June!
Have just introduced myself to my new boat for 2018, Saltlet Junior! Thanks @vajdakayaks for yet another dream machine and to @hydrasportsuk for getting it over to the island of Britain! Can't wait to give it a whirl!
Back in the game in Cardiff....well by the time 2nd runs came around anyway! Apparently hadn't woken up for 1st runs! Big thank you as ever to the volunteers; some of whom were just leaving setting up for the race at 23:00 last night! Also much appreciated were the comments from people appreciating that I make the effort to attend these races. It's a pleasure and part of the sport. Know how much the next generation love to race against the top paddlers. I was one of them once!
Tupperware. An athlete's best friend. Enough to keep me well fed for the next 24 hours racing in Cardiff!
Another @british.canoeing selection series is finally over (my 20th of my career I think!). It wasn't the best of lead ins with injury keeping me off the water just 5 weeks ago. But I managed to put down some solid racing to hold onto 2nd place on all 3 days. .
Looking forward to going back to Rio for this year's World Championships. For now I have 2 months til the Euros in Prague to get myself back to being totally shipshape for racing!
Well done to @mallorysfranklin on taking the race wins and to @kimberleywoods on taking 3rd spot in the team. .
Another weekend of racing in Nottingham done before GB Selection this weekend coming away with a 5th place and 2nd place. .
Whilst it's frustrating I've come into these races without the ideal preparation thanks to inflamed ligaments in my elbow, I'm thankful that I'm able to race. This weekend the ICF made the decision to completely cut C2 Men from the International programme with immediate effect. The careers of so many of my fellow paddlers have been suddenly cut short; there will be no further races for them to race. C2 has always been an artform to watch how 2 people can work together to navigate their boat through courses that are difficult to manage even in a single boat! It will be sad to see it go. .
A potential future for Mixed C2 lies ahead. Although I had a lot of fun jumping in a boat with the C2 Olympic Champion at the 2013 Scottish Champs, I think @timbailliembe and I might be a little past it to reignite our partnership! .
Grandtully Day 2: • It was cold
• We did 2 runs, best run counts
• It snowed
• The wind blew in gusts
• We avoided icicle poles
• I nearly remembered where all the rocks were as the river dropped
• The course provided tight racing
• My elbow is still attached
• My van is amazing on cold race days
• My @dryrobe is amazing all winter,
• My brand new @peakukkayaking ST is amazing at keeping me dry on the water
• Hot water bottles are sold out in Aberfeldy...perhaps Perth too
• I JUST managed to get another Prem race win
• It was cold • It was cold • Coldest race of my 26 year career!
Can't say I've ever sat on a race start line clutching a hot water bottle with 15 seconds to go. Today I did!
Glad to say the misbehaving elbow today decided to behave and I came away with my 57th ever Premier race win!
The 1st British race of the season saw me clutching a hot water bottle on the start line with 15 seconds to go. Yes… t.co/dVq12AkA7H