Our Friday Techniques series were very well accepted last season and as spring is just around the corner, we will be publishing sprint kayaking technique articles again every Friday.
- we gave them names that are easy to remember
- we described exactly how they shall be performed (the devil lies in the details!)
- we wrote down what is the goal for any of those drills – there is always a double value in a drill: it serves to the paddler to polish a particular skill needed for an efficient technique and it serves to the coach as a diagnostic tool to understand how is the paddler doing
- teach a beginner the necessary micro-skills needed for a good stroke
- help an experience paddler regain the feelings she/he may have lost or struggles to find (after a rest day or after the offseason, during a period of low form or when coming back from an injury, after a day of racing when all the frenetic high-intensity paddling made him lose a bit of finesse, etc.)
- you can use these drills during warm-ups or cooldowns to best use your time on the water, you can use them before a race to keep your mind calm and focus on yourself instead of the outside, you can use them as a recovery session and some of them can be even executed very dynamically and serve as specific power development exercises (especially the One-sided drill).