After a mild winter, it is time for us to open the doors and start also TiP’s training camp season. In fact, the first big group is arriving on our lakes in two weeks time. The honors to be the first visiting group in 2019 goes to the Radley College Boat Club. The large team led by Sam Townsend will be escaping the grey British weather for a spring camp on Lake Bohinj. They will be followed on the same lake by the hard-charging rowers from the Holstebro Rowing Club from Danmark. Even though we do have also some sprint kayak paddling clinics for guest from all over the world scheduled too, April seems to be now traditionally rowing guests dominant.
But autumn and winter haven’t been slow for us either. After our biomechanics advisor, Andrea Pace and our coach Jernej Župančič Regent have been invited to speak at the Catoira canoeing congress at the end of the 2018 season last October we have been getting increasingly busy on different fronts.
Our coaches are dealing with more and more request for individual clinics, online coaching, and technique analysis. Our team has also been asked to provide support to various national canoeing federations. Directly helping individual athletes and federations on their athletic quests is our biggest mission commitment and responsibility at all times. Some of these athletes have already successfully passed the first selection races and some are above to race selections very soon.
Our guys have been also been busy designing new training tools and methodologies along with testing them on the field. Among these, the biggest project being the improved design of our special strength devices called the ‘Tsunami’ and the ‘YoYo’ (inertial or flywheel machines) that were first set up for us by Andrea Pace and will now have the frame and sliding parts from the Concept2 Dynamic model incorporated.
After using the PaceZero software for technique analysis (Step1) and racing and stroke efficiency analysis (Hgraph) we were looking for ways to speed up these analysis processes and make the work of our coaches easier and possible enabling them to perform all of that on the field (on the banks of the lake, during races, in the coaching boat). We have been allowed to have a small peek into the development of two amazing technologies: the group of coaching apps mostly based on video analysis called Run Monitor (from Spain/Slovenia) and the coaching and diagnosis tool called Gopaddler ( from Portugal). We believe both of these apps will help us tremendously in the future.
With the first races of the season already starting and the Olympic Qualifying event waiting for us in August, we are sure 2019 is going to be a super exciting season for us at TiP!
A pic from an early morning session during one of our coaching clinic trips this winter – Shongweni dam, Durban, South Africa.