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"Hmm", I think, "if only there was some kind of online thingy where I could write a training journal. Where would I find one of those?" Well now, there's this Livejournal I have forgotten to write in for about a year...

So this is the start of LJ being TJ.

Marple club session plan for Sunday 20/12/2015:
Summer is daring time, winter is technique time. So this will be a technique session, focusing on trunk rotation.
-Loosen lower back in warm clubhouse
-Forward paddling drills, concentrate on rotation, flat water
-Get on moving water in middle pool for small amount of adrenaline, forward drills pointing up and surfing gentle water. Move gradually up in flow to imprint muscle memory in scared-brain.
-Rest a bit
-Edge drills, flat water
-Ferry glides on moving stream, concentrate on edge and sideways flexing separate from leaning
-At end, if water quite low, go down to wave train for a few crosses to maintain courage level. If there was a wave train in the middle, don't need to bother with this.
-Stretch: lower back twists. Shoulders. Hams & glutes after climbing steps.

Measures of success:
-Tired
-Happy
-Hungry
-Warm
-Trunk rotation >2 strokes in moving water
->2 crosses with good edge

Date: 2015-12-20 02:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] feanelwa.livejournal.com
All tasks achieved including crosses at the bottom. Didn't wear cag for first bit, should have had it for the end - take it down to the bottom next time.

Success except for being tired - could have worked harder - but taking it easy because I was ill on Friday.

It took a few edge drills to get my muscles to do it properly. At competitions, do edge drills before runs! Crosses with good edge needs more practice next time I'm there.

Date: 2015-12-21 10:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] venta.livejournal.com
TJ, you say :) It'd be lovely to have a bit of explanation and backplot for what some of these things mean. I mean, I get the general idea but I don't know (for example) what an edge drill is. I'm not even very sure what sort of a conveyance you're in (kayak?) or how your pools are set up. Not all at once, obviously, because that'd take ages but if you had the the time to put in a bit here and there in your write-ups I'd be interested to read it. (Disclaimer: obviously, your journal, you should write whatever you want!)


Date: 2015-12-21 10:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] feanelwa.livejournal.com
Ok, here goes :)

I am in a slalom kayak. I am on a river that has 3 little drops on it. Above the first one I don't go, because it's really flat and a longer walk from the clubhouse carrying the boat. Between drop 1 and drop 2 is the top pool, it just sort of flows. Between drop 2 and drop 3 is the middle pool and recently the club put some massive rocks in to make a channel that produces two nice trains of waves that meet in the middle at a nice complicated bit. There are also some nice friendly eddies to practice stuff in here. Below drop 3 is a bigger, bouncier train of waves in the bottom pool. This is winter, in summer the middle ones don't have waves on and the bottom bit is not scary.

Forward paddling drills and edge drills are off here: http://www.slalomtechnique.co.uk/k1technique.php when I do them, I don't by habit rotate my shoulders enough on forward strokes, and I have trouble keeping the edge steady which will improve with practice as my brain allocates more neurons to what those muscles are doing and the muscles also simply get stronger.

Date: 2015-12-21 03:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] venta.livejournal.com
Oh thank you! When you said 'pools' I had assumed you meant some form of massively complicated indoor artificial set up (wow, rich club :) - although it's interesting that it's a bit of real river that the club has manipulated to make it better for training.

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