Hello from Eton Dorney
Posted On: Thursday, August 09, 2012 - Chaconians
Tomorrow I’ll be competing in the Kayak Single (K1) 200-meter heats. My race starts Friday morning at 9:30am in London (4:30am in Georgia). You can watch it live on NBCOlympics.com or later on NBC at 10am and 11:45am.
When I’m not training on the water, I’m resting. When I’m trying to recover I lay in bed, watch TV and movies. I don’t go out and do a lot of stuff. I’m really pretty boring and lazy. I like to browse on the Internet for whatever I’m interested in at the time, like kite surfing. A lot of people get super hyped up and that’s their way of dealing with the pressure, producing more energy from that energy. I just like to be relaxed, keep doing the same things I’ve been doing all year, and that helps me to have that race I’m looking for.
The coverage is so good on TV, it’s not better than in person, but it’s pretty darn good. You get the good perspective with the cable on top, the cameras on the side and the guys in the water. It’s makes it much more of a spectator event. I think that’s what our sport needs to do to make it more popular, to provide that perspective so people can relate better. You can relate to the 100-meters in track because you know how fast that is and everybody can run. But you can’t relate to sitting in a kayak because most people haven’t done it. But putting it in perspective so people realize how fast it is and how difficult it is, I think that makes it really exciting.
The 200-meters is the shortest distance canoe/kayak race at the Olympics. There’s no real pacing like there would be in a 1000-meter race. But I can’t race it like it’s a 50 or 100[-meters], you’ll never make the whole distance. There is a little bit of thought on what you need to do. Everybody has their own strengths. Some guys get out in the start better, some guys carry their speed in the middle better, and some guys come home better.
I’ve heard a lot of people talk about the 200-meters as validating the last eight or 12 years in 30 seconds. But it’s just like any other day. It’s obviously a very special experience. I know I’m going to do the best that I can do at that time. And I know that I’ll do that.
Thanks for everything,