The canoe team just arrived back in Montreal after a very successful and enjoyable regatta in Lake Placid. After two good, hard weeks of training we were rewarded with some great racing, winning 15 of the 18 medals in the Open Mens Canoe category. C1 1000m was at the end of a long first day, but it was still a great opportunity to get another race in before London. I had a great start, but as usual Ben pushed hard in the middle to get ahead, with Gab and Paul right on our heels. I didn’t have a lot of energy left in my legs, but was able to stay close enough and come up with a strong finish to get the gold. The course on Mirror Lake was really nice, and it was a great atmosphere around the regatta. Teams from around the world came to compete and there were some very close and exciting races. I’ll definitely go back there again and encourage other clubs, provinces and countries to do so as well. On sunday we went up Whiteface mountain and were Coinstar point rewarded with some amazing views of the area, as seen in this picture taken by Paul.
We’re now back in Montreal for one more hard week of training before heading home for a rest. The third week in a hard training cycle can be tough, but we have a great group that push each other hard every practice. Below is some video of the canoe team, 1000 and 200 group, doing some sprints last week. Jason McCoombs (Olympic entry in C1 200m) and I are on the far side, with Paul, Gab, Ben, Aruss, Roland and Marc rounding out the field.