Profession: Stand Up Paddler
Athlete Feature Video
What does your standard training week involve? 3-4 days of paddling, strength training 2 x/week plus running and cycling
Favourite training venue/environment: Keokea. 11-mile downwind paddle on the northern coast of the Big Island (Kona, Hawaii)
Favourite 2XU garment, when you use it and why: 2XU Elite Compression Tights – love using them to train and race in. They keep my legs feeling strong and fresh even during the longest paddles (6hrs+).
Favourite training accessory (ie. heart rate monitor, power meter, pool buoy): Garmin Forerunner 310XT – love using the custom interval option for my paddling workouts and being able to see my course online after it’s all done.
Toughest experience in your career & what you learned from it: Placing 4th in the 32-mile Molokai to Oahu race. It’s my most important race of the year and I trained hard and put everything into it. It was the strongest I have felt paddling across that channel but unfortunately, I didn’t choose the fastest course and it cost me. To have it come down to that was heartbreaking. You learn the most from the ones you lose though and now I know what to work on for next year. I won’t make the same mistake twice.
What’s the most common training mistake you see on the circuit? Any suggestions on how to avoid it? Overtraining! Rest is so important and most athletes don’t take enough time off. We push ourselves to the limit and are surprised when we get injured or sick. I make sure to rest two days per week and try and get a massage or acupuncture monthly.
What motivates you to train and race harder? To be the best I can be. I know that there are so many things I can do to be a better athlete and competitor, so I push myself to get there.
Describe your diet/meal plan in the week leading to a big race: I try to avoid sugar and caffeine the month leading up to the race and focus on eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. A week out I make sure to eat balanced meals and drink lots of water so I’m well hydrated on race day.
How do you balance out your training/racing regime with life outside sport? Balance? What’s that? Just kidding…during race season I try to focus on my training schedule as much as possible but I also know it doesn’t hurt to take a break once in a while to hang out with friends and socialize. Family and friends are important, so I make sure to spend time with them whenever I can.
What type of nutritional supplement do you find most helpful (either for training or competition)? I like taking BioAstin - a great antioxidant and anti-inflammatory which helps protect my skin from sun damage. It’s grown on the Big Island, which is cool – I like supporting a local company.
Best and worst thing about being a professional athlete: Not sure professional is the appropriate term for what I do but best thing so far is being able to travel and meet new people. For me, there’s no downside. I’m just stoked to be able to do what I do.
In five years time, I’ll be: Continuing to raise awareness for the issues affecting our marine environment and most likely paddling across some crazy channel! Maybe even getting ready to compete in the Olympics…anything is possible!