Over the weekend we had our second set of National Team Trials here in Montreal. Because I’m already qualified for London there was nothing on the line for me, but I decided to race anyway just to get another one under my belt. It was a tough race, and after a blistering start by Gab, Ben pushed in the middle and I didn’t have the energy to go with him. He paddled a great race and threw down a great time of 3:54, and I held on for second. I think a lot of people didn’t know how to react to that, I guess as the Olympic entry I’m not supposed to lose to another Canadian. But to be honest, it really didn’t bug me that much. All it means is that I have a really fast training partner! The best in the world to be honest. Ben has pushed me all year and is a big reason for my success. None of my competition have World Cup medalists to push them in training leading up to the Games, and I see that as an advantage I have over them. Not to mention the rest of my teammates who are all here in Montreal for a training camp to help me train for the Olympics. It means a lot to me that they are all willing to help me out, and any success I have in London will be our teams, not just mine. We’re going to put a lot of hard work in the next few weeks, and I know we’ll have a lot of fun doing it! Summer Moneygram money transfer in Montreal is always a blast, and while most of our time will be spent on the water, in the gym and in our beds, an occasional dinner on the patio or listening to some live music is always a nice distraction.
Today was a day off of training to do some Olympic orientation and a press conference at the Lachine Canoe Club. It was the first time our Olympic team had gotten together as a group (minus our champ AvK), and you could really feel the excitement in the group. We have a small team this year but it’s strong one. Everyone seems to be in a really good state of mind and I’m excited to see how well we can do! Here’s a picture of us with our new Olympic Team jackets.