The excitement from the kiwi podium domination at the Extreme Kayak World Championships wore off as I flew into New Zealand ready for a rest after the 5 month European campaign to secure New Zealand's Olympic berths for 2012.
Just before leaving the Northern Hemisphere we slugged out an arduous but awesome training camp on the Lee Valley Whitewater Course. This 2 week training camp in London was the first in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games. The unique characteristics of this course, mean we've got to get as much time on the water as possible to know every millimetre of this world class artificial rapid. 5 pumps carry the 16 cubic metres of water up the 8 metres to the start of the 300 metre long course. The amount of water and gradient packed into the horse shoe shaped course make this a racers dream as the water cascades down drop after drop, keeping us on our toes the entire time. As winter engulfs the northern hemisphere this was to be our last chance to practice before it opens for training again in April 2012.
In the mean time the New Zealand summer is coming and with it comes the NZ domestic race season, the Oceania Championships and World Ranking races across the ditch. While it is great to be back home, I'm back on the road this week heading to Australia for a week training on the Sydney Olympic Course.