- Axel Sleebus
- 2 March 2016
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The competition season is in full swing, temperatures begin to rise and the first training sessions in “short sleeves” are a fact (reference for most kayakers to say that spring is arrived). Although I must admit that the mountain peaks here are still looking pretty white…
But let’s go a few weeks back in time. To begin with, the weekend of 19 and 20 March, the team trials (for the European Championships / World Cups) in Nancy (FRA). It was hard for me whereas I could never reach my level. The lack of competition in the recent years was clearly a problem.
No worries, there was a second chance 2 and 3 April in Markkleeberg (GER) at the ICF World Ranking. In the first heat I qualified directly for the semi-finals the day after, to end the semi-finals in the top 30. Right behind the bronze medal of the Olympics in London, on a rather highly technical course.
This result however, was not enough to meet the selection criteria to be allowed to go to the Europeans for Belgium. After the race I went to Prague for a trainingcamp on one of the best courses in the world. Of course i was/am disappointed with my results on the team trial races, but it also gives me extra motivation to train hard this year to improve the working points that have come up during these races.
After my training camp in Prague, I went to the ICF World Ranking in Ivrea (ITA) (16 and 17 April) . Ivrea is known as one of the toughest courses in the world so it’s always a pleasure to watch the other races as a spectator on the sidelines. I was able to do a decent race (no more, no less) finishing 15th in a strong field including the reigning Olympic champion.
The next important races are; Goumois (SUI), ICF World Ranking in Merano (ITA), Krakow Mayor Cup (POL), …