Monday, January 30, 2012

Rookie's State Championship Title


Rookie recently won the 1st place Molokai medal at the CWA Marathon State 10km Championships, here is his account of the race and some photos.



The venue, “Champion Lakes” is Western Australia’s purpose built rowing facility in Armadale (www.championlakesrc.com.au).  A 2km international rowing course with return loop, club houses etc.  The CWA 10km marathon course does two and a bit laps of the loop to get variable conditions, corners and some shallows to navigate.  Conditions were 15 knot easterlies, slight chop (small for us ocean paddlers).  Rather hot paddling with the wind, nice into the wind, with the odd head wind gust to making you question your GPS!

It was a good race for me.  I PB’d my 10km time with 51min flat on the GPS.  I had the lead from the start in my grid, so did not get to wash ride, and had to paddle through a few back markers of early grids, it was quite a hard slog.  It was also quite different not having a gun paddler ahead of me to focus on, or a similar paced paddler to dice with.  Kind of like a hard personal training session.

My new ‘in boat’ drink system stuffed up early in the race, with my neck loop coming undone, so I lost a few strokes here and there taking a drink, but had to in the heat.  Remember don’t change things before the race ... like I did.



Weapon of choice ... Carbonology Atom.  The ski is very fast on the flat water, so was the right choice for the day.  Fast and comfortable throughout the race, but I am still not ready to take it in heavy Cut Runs!

I got a lot of favourable comments on the MOC ‘dress’ shirt when receiving the medal.  I replied ... “Mandurah Ocean Club are a classy bunch, it’s not all about paddling” ;-)

Unfortunately I am unlikely to have that sort of podium opportunity again, but while the guns are away, the Rookie will play ;-)

Cheers,
Mat


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