After 2011, I felt I needed to change my approach. For the last few years I have been plugging away at the Musto Skiff, regularly finishing in the top 10 (just) at the Championships (whether they are Nationals, Europeans or Worlds - I seem pre-destined to end up in the bottom half of the top 10). I have heard that madness can be defined as doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome so looking forward to the World Champs this summer, I decided to do something different. So instead of sailing through the winter I concentrated on training for the Brighton Marathon and improving my fitness.
Mission was accomplished two days ago when I ran through the finish line in Brighton in a shade under 3:30, which I didn't think was too shabby. Now I have got that out of my system, I can shift my focus back to the Musto Skiff.
'The 2012 Campaign' kicks off with training this weekend at Stokes Bay with Russ and Penny Clark which should be a useful kick up the derriere and provide me with some key areas to work on. Next up is the Nationals over the first May Bank Holiday weekend. These are at Stone Sailing Club, which will be a new venue for me and should deliver three intensive days of regatta practice. Over the next few weeks I am hoping to get a few days off work to augment the Wednesday and weekend sailing, which should mean that by the end of June I will be as well prepared as I can reasonably expect to be.
As part of that I will be wearing the NEW split toe Rooster boots, which provide a new level of security and grip while moving around the boat, and a Trapeze Race Bib
to keep everything tidy. Alongside the new stuff I will continue to wear long serving favorites such as my Shin Tech
wetsuit and Black Diamond Buoyancy Aid
which just keep on going.