Wednesday July 29th 2015
Good changes are synchronized, quick, and maintain the glide of the boat. When things aren’t going well, they take too long and can disrupt the boat run.
Here are some tips for good changes:
Wednesday July 21st 2015
Portages can be critical moments in a marathon race. There is no wash to ride when you are running so teams will often use the portage to try to break up a pack or otherwise gain an advantage on their competitors. While being able to run fast is never a bad thing, there are many other aspects of a good portage that can enhance your running advantage or make up for lack of running speed.
Tips for a good portage:
Wednesday July 15th 2015
To prepare for the Saskatoon races this weekend, we will review of some important aspects of racing, with a few mini-races to practice.
Review of starts:
Wednesday July 8th 2015
Refueling and Water pits
As the name implies, marathon canoe races can be long and that often requires taking on fluid and fuel during the race. Long distance paddlers get good at eating and drinking on the go, and find their favourite snacks and drinks to help them stay fueled and hydrated. Some typical brands used by SCC racers include Vega, Cliff, and Hammer. As with any racing strategy, it is a good idea to try out your race plan several times in advance to make sure your hose is long enough, your drink powder doesn’t give you a tummy ache, and you are carrying enough for the distance. Bring your water bottle and snacks with you on longer paddles so you have a chance to test them out.
At big, long races like the Marathon Au Sable or the Classique, paddlers need to replace their empty water bottles during the race. Typically this is done by a pit crew which brings full water bottles out to paddlers so they don’t have to stop. ‘Pits’ (changing bottles) can be done on land when paddlers are portaging, or on the water when the pit crew takes another canoe out to meet them.
This week we will practice dropping and replacing water bottles. This will help everyone see what water pits are like, and will also develop our steering, balance, and communication in the boat.
Please bring a waterbottle to practice (and tube if you have one)!!