Monday, November 14, 2011

Training in Australia: A Coach's Perspective

Max Wojcik, from the Polish National Team, shares his thoughts on training in Perth. Max is coaching me through the ISAF World Championships in December.

There are still three weeks to go before the Worlds in Windsurfing will take place in Perth, Australia. After 10 intense training days in Perth with competitors from all over the world, Farrah has made great progress in technique and board handling such as tacking, jibing, and starting. We usually spend 3-4 hours a day on the water, although yesterday we got carried away and spent 5.5 hours training just to improve tacking.

In addition to the progress in windsurfing, Farrah is mastering diet secrets by weighing and writing down all the details of the food she eats every day. This includes calories, protein, fat, and carbohydrates. Everyone thinks windsurfing is all about fun - I suggest that you think again, because there is a lot of work too! However, today is a so-called "lay day," a day of rest which will wisely be used for laying around. :)

P.S. - Rumor has it that two great white sharks, one 9 feet and the other 15 feet long, prowl coastal waters. We didn't see a great white yet and we hope not to. We take comfort in a statistic that shows more people die each year from coconuts falling on their heads than being attacked by sharks.