How I prepare and train for top end competition. I have a busy schedule for the next 6 months as far as “big competitions” go. At the end of Aug I will be competing in the World Freestyle Kayaking Championships here in my backyard, on the Ottawa River. Then in Nov I have the R6 Rafting World Championships in Bali. Two very different events / sports but my approach will be the same coming into both. Be Healthy, Be Strong. I feel like if I can arrive at each event with these two things I will have the confidence I need to be able to compete to the best of my ability. And bar competing to the best of my own personal ability I really don’t want to put any performance pressures on my outcome.

Staying healthy seems to be the easy part, it all comes down to lifestyle, eating well, and looking after your body. I have been trying to do as much stretching and yoga as I can, and not over doing it while I am on the water training. Perhaps the hardest part to all of this is limiting those evening beers.

Getting strong is the fun part, It means I get to do lots of paddling. It helps having a girlfriend who is also super motivated to paddle lots! Also, living on the bank of the Ottawa River, only a 5 min paddle from McCoys Rapid … and the ultimate training spot … Corner Wave, is a huge bonus!! I have been having more fun with my freestyle paddling this year than I have in most, and I think that helps a lot when it is time to get on the water. You have to want to do it, it should be fun. When paddling becomes a chore, I think you will struggle with getting results.

So, to simplify things my plan is this: Eat well, stretch often, paddle lots and enjoy every minute of it!!

Tyler Fox

Team Level Six

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I have several books on deytdrahing your own trail meals and this is easily the best. It is concise and full of good ideas and recipes. The guidance is flexible enough for the lightweight backpacker or for the canoe or pack mule traveler. For example, some of the recipes call for a dutch oven (too bulky and heavy for the lightweight backpacker) and others are suitable for a one pot meal (ideal for the lightweight backpacker).A nice feature is the chart of drying temperatures and times for different foods. Also, the chart of calorie and protein content of different foods is important to making sure you get enough calories to keep going in the field and enough protein to keep your body from consuming your muscle tissue for fuel. There are also plans for building your own dehydrator for the do-it-yourselfer. The suggested one week meal plan is a good guide to get you started on packing for a trip.The emphasis of this book is on drying individual ingredients and then rehydrating and combining them at meal time. This allows you to be more flexible in your meals, but takes a little longer at meal time. However, it also tells you how to use your own recipes to prepare a conmplete meal and then dehydrate it. Precooked spaghetti, rice or beans rehydrate and cook faster in the field. The book recommends having both types of meals with you for variety and flexibility. You can also dehydrate canned foods like vegetables or canned chicken, tuna or salmon and use them in your recipes.This book is concise and a fast read, but packs a lot of information. This means that you need to pay attention to pick up all the important points. Fully half of the book gives infomration on deytdrahing and meal planning as well as other important instructions and the other half gives some excellent recipes.One important point (based on experience) is to be sure to try the recipes at home on the same stove and cooking utensels that you will have in the field. You want to make sure that you have everything you need and know how to use it BEFORE you are in the field and cold and wet and tired and hungry. That’s not a good time to find out that you need another pot or that your pot isn’t large enough to properly prepare your recipes! Trail Food is all you need to dehydrate your own meals, but a few other general books on deytdrahing wouldn’t hurt to help you gain a full understanding of all the nuances of deytdrahing.Excellent book!

Nov 23, 2015

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