Eating for Strength and Recovery

With the explosion of interest in the science of women’s physiology, there’s been a lot to learn lately about how women need to eat in order to sustain themselves as athletes. For me, emerging from pandemic life to get back into lifting weights in a gym and racing has been an opportunity to see what […]

Aggression; Women’s Competitive Edge

Ladies, this is a quick reminder for us as we train to race and compete. There is an attribute you can use to naturally and organically fuel your healthy competitive nature!   Aggression; the undervalued energy for competitive female paddlers   Many women are detached from their aggressive nature but in sport it’s the competitive […]

Increase Energy For Training

I was recently asked why I found having goals so important. My response was, “working towards a goal helps me monitor my self care”. Caring for oneself should easy, innate and a priority when we are pursuing an ambition. However, this isn’t always the case. We can find ourselves burned out or exhausted in various […]

Shift The Mind To Improve Technique

Form. It dictates our ability to connect with the water in a positive and efficient way that translates to stroke power. Our form is the way we move our body while paddling. It is habitual either by training or by default and therefore has become a pattern of moving that our body has become accustom […]

Tool For Team Testing Anxiety

Our energy is a pure life force that is within our control to use at our will. Understanding this concept and then using this force can enhance our ability to perform. The idea is to work to engage all our energy centers with the body rather than just the mind where nervous tension can come […]

How Lack of Purpose and Direction Causes Stress in the Body

Tension. Anxiety. Fear. Worry. Guilt. Doubt. These things rob my energy. I recognize this and I know it. But how do I stop it? And why are they here? I know better, I am better than that…what happened to cause this? Nothing but lack of purpose and direction. The magic happens for me when I […]

How Emotion Can Restrict Us

One of the things I see as a coach is the emotion we carry on the faces of each paddler. Whether you give constructive feedback, introduce a tough piece or express the results of a piece you can see the thoughts and beliefs of your paddlers written on their faces. Here’s a view from the […]

How Internal Strength Elevates Performance

When we have inner power, inner strength and inner alignment we easily and effortlessly transfer this to our sport. Period. As a coach I see many talented athletes who are strong physically but without the internal resolve to execute their technical skills. To be a strong and skilled athlete we have to spend equal time […]

Time Trial Advice For Paddlers

Trying out for a team sport was tough for me. I’m a pleaser. I like to fit in. I don’t like to “rock the boat”. But if you want a seat on the boat you have to beat someone else out. Possibly a friend. Maintaining that emotional balance is crucial. I learned a valuable lesson […]

Turning Testing Pressure Into Testing Power

Our energy is a pure life force that is within our control to use at our will. Understanding this concept and then using this force can enhance our ability to perform under pressure. The idea is to work to engage all our energy centers with the body rather than just the mind where nervous tension […]