Our second OC Catch-up Meeting for the season saw us look at the most important component of the technique, crew selections and how we are tracking with our goals.

The Nutshell

For those newer to PDs and Outrigging…
to enjoy some great racing in the new year aim for 1 to 2 paddling sessions a week with 1 of those in the outrigger.

For other paddlers not necessarily aiming for top crews… if you’d like to attend one of the ultimate adventures in outrigger canoeing check out On The Water > Outrigging > The Road to Hamo for what training and events to aim for

For those aiming for top crews… our goals and training target were firmed up at the Dec Catch-Up Dinner. You can check out a summary here.

If you have any questions or would like feedback/recommendations around your goals and the training needed over the next month to move towards them please see Linda or Billy.

For further details and an outline of what was covered at the Dec 14 catch-up see below.

Downwind Surfing Vid

Click here to take another look at Rambo’s video from the Pacifica Downwind Race 1. Lots of great surfing action and styles to contemplate!

The Most Important Part of Technique

Each stroke is divided into four distinct parts: Catch, Power, Exit and Recovery

Which of these is the most important?

Go to On The Water > Outrigging > Technique: The Catch for a recap on why the catch is so important and how to deliver the best one you can.

Crew Selections in 2010/11

The process remains the same as last season with the addition of an OC1 Ocean Feedback Session.

The session is for those aiming for the top crews but all are welcome to attend.

The reason for this addition to selections is that it provides an opportunity to do a great OC1 ocean training session together as well as for coaches to provide specific ocean fitness and skills feedback.

The first of these is currently scheduled for Sunday Jan 16.

Login and go to On The Water > Outrigging > Outrigger Crew Selections for the complete selection info.

The For-40 Challenge

Can you paddle 400km in 40 days???

The challenge kicks off Jan 1.

Go to On The Water > Outrigging > For-40 Challenge for more info.

Where From/Where To

For this part we split into those aiming for top crews and those not.

Those Not Aiming for Top Crews

We talked about what Hamo is all about and why it is such a great event worth aiming for.

We also took a look at the Road to Hamo including some great events that will help us get there as well as the challenges we’re likely to encounter along the way.

Those Aiming for Top Crews

PDs have made it a habit of setting goals each season. The unique thing about this meeting is that it was one of the first times PDs have paused to reflect on our progress towards them.

Being a first for paddlers and coaches alike, this made the discussion challenging and at times uncomfortable. This was never the intention.

At the heart of these discussions is the need to determine if we’re on track for our goals. If we are we can use that to motivate us into the next phase of training. If we’re not then we can determine what changes are needed to get back on track.

How to go about this is a learning process for all including coaches. As such the coaches are keen to get your ideas around it.

So how are top crews tracking for 2010/11?
The goals for the season and training to achieve them from the first meeting were firmed up: OC Catch Up Meeting – Goals and Training.doc

Those at the meeting did not feel the need to change the goals or the training targets but recognised that in general, those aiming for top crews are little bit behind on these targets.

To put this in context though, there is time up our sleeve to our key goals of State Titles and Hamo. We are not at the stage of the wheels falling off and having to revise our goals and/or training.

The key takeaway is awareness of the need to get on track with training.

From Jan 1 we have 12 weeks until State Titles. This means by our next Catch-Up Dinner on Jan 27 if you’re aiming for top crews you need to be up and humming with your training.