I did not train leading up this race and instead I stretched every day.
On race day, the wind was strong 15-20 knots, with the occasional gust over 20 knots. I like paddling against wind and was hoping this race would suit me.
My race start was good and I got clear of all my race fleet quickly. I pushed hard for the first 2km with the wind before turning to paddle 7km into the strong head wind. I felt strong going into the wind and was passing the 14′ females and some of the males quickly.
The race was 16.5km (10 miles) long and I pushed and felt strong for the whole of the race.
I finished the race over 12 minutes ahead of 2nd place female, which equates to almost 2km. I am very pleased with this race finish