The last British Premier ranking race of the season is happening today in Teesside! Wishing everyone taking part the very best for racing and hope the weather treats all the volunteers well! Sorry I'm not there taking part myself; I needed this 3 week break away from my carbon machine before cracking on with another winter of training! 👍
Happy 99th Birthday to my Grandpa! Still going strong! Glad to get a wee video call to him from Croatia! He was quite rightly baffled by this technological ability!
The emotion shows it all. My World Championship final run finished as badly as it started. Even before gate 1, I was struggling to get the boat flowing; it was like paddling in treacle all the way down thereafter. The bottom drop was the end of the road, my bow got stuck upstream and I just couldn't get the boat turned ready for the last move.
This sport is a painful one; hard graft, effort and sacrifice is so often not rewarded. In the end, all you can do is go back and chip away to make the next year better.
Thank you to everyone who is right there backing me all the way. My coach Gaz, @british.canoeing , @tnluk, @maureenpennie, @nigelpennie and especially @lynsdouglas who ends up being on the sharp end of this rollercoaster life that we live. 👍
My 8th World Championship final, my 6th with an unhappy ending. t.co/8MmXH2GDs3
10th World Championship outing and tomorrow morning will be my 8th World Championship final outing! .
4th in the semi final this afternoon on a tough course! Needed the 💪!! Catch my final run at 14:00BST on the dot on the BBC Sport website, app and Connected TV or on red button from 17:30. .
📸: Bence Vekassy (@planetcanoe)
We made it! Glad to say the machine and paddles made it back to the Rio Olympic course all in one piece! Fingers crossed for the remaining GB boats tomorrow! 🤞 Now we just need the taps turning on for some whitewater! Loving my new custom design Hunters from @gpowerpaddles...thank you so much, they're beauty! .
The Road to Rio (2nd edition) starts again! This time without my sidekick but such is life! 2.5 weeks til the season finale of the World Championships on the Olympic course. Then onto more Team PD adventures in Croatia! 🛫🌞
Thank you La Seu for another week of opening the shutters to this view. Unfortunately I'm leaving disappointed this time. My semi final run was up there with the best; going quickest on the top split. Problem is, you need to go through all the gates down the whole course! I got caught out just after the bottom drop; not managing to push against the sneaky bit of flow that was about to push me right past gate 20. Without that, there would have been a final for me.
Home tonight to get a few days on British soil before the off to the World Champs in Rio. Excited to go back to my 2nd home of 2016 and get stuck back into that course!