The following report was provided by CANI Slalom Squad member Jake Cochrane on his experiences during a Pre-Selection Slalom Camp held in Dublin earlier this month
It was an early start on Saturday morning to get down to Sluice, Dublin for the weekend of training. Leaving Shaw’s Bridge at 7am, we got down to Dublin for 9.30am and straight away got changed and ready for the first session. The plan for the weekend was to get two sessions done each day in preparation for selection this coming weekend. The first session was spent working on technique at the drop, starting with keeping the course pretty open then making them tighter to make us focus a bit more as it got harder. It was a good way to start the weekend as it’s the only real feature on the course.
The second session on Saturday was halves. So split the course in two and you focus on putting down some longer runs at a good quality of paddling. The courses that Matt set were fairly tight courses. The reason we do tight, harder courses is because it will make our technique a lot better and then when it comes to easier courses we will know that we can do it. Everyone seems to be handling the course very well and there was some good paddling done today. Once we had got off the water we proceeded to head to our guest house accommodation. Once we got there we put the England v Ireland game on straight away, unfortunately to watch a frustrating game of rugby. Meanwhile Brendan had been preparing dinner for everyone, many thanks to Fiona for making the lasagne for us!
Sundays sessions consisted of another drop tech session and a delivery fulls session. The drop tech was very much the same as Saturday morning, drilling in those hard course above the drop to lead into the upstreams below it, these sessions provide a lot of paddling time on the drop. Delivery fulls are full runs of the course but under the pressure to put down a solid performance. It was a nice course that Matt set, putting different things to the test that we had been working on all weekend into a full run. That was the wrap for the weekend, and as soon as we were off the water and changed we hit the road back up to Belfast.
Thank you Matt for the weekend of coaching and organising everything, and also to Brendan for accompanying us down.