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Solomon focused on speed

2011-06-30 13:24
Graeme Solomon (Jon Vellacott/Gameplan Media)
Cape Town - Windhoek Berg canoe marathon stalwart Graeme Solomon has hinted that a change in his training methods could make a big difference to his race this year.

Solomon has been a strong competitor in all 12 of the Berg river marathons he has competed in, but says that a shift in focus could either assist or hamper him in this year's installment of the race.

“My training is completely different this year because I have prioritised the world marathon championships K2 race with Ant Stott. So we have been concentrating on speed work rather than endurance and long distance,” said Solomon.

“To be honest I am not too sure how that is going to affect my race but the speed will definitely be a big asset to make sure that I stay with all the intervals and breakaways. Who knows? Wait and see,” said Solomon.

The 38-year-old has never once failed to finish on the podium in all 12 Berg river marathons he has competed in and also won the race in 2001, setting a new record in the process. The veteran said he was also curious to see how the team race would pan out, and the impact it will have on the overall results.

“There is really good prize money up for grabs and a lot of very strong guys will be racing, so I’m not too sure how the team dynamic will affect the overall racing but it will be interesting to say the least to be part of this race within the race.”

“I am really looking forward to it. There is no way I was going to miss the 50th Windhoek Berg, but I know I haven’t done the big miles as I have done in the past. I feel that I am good for two hours, after that, who knows?”

“If I can walk away with a podium place I’ll be thrilled. Add in the team prize and I’d be over the moon,” he concludes.

The Windhoek Berg River Canoe Marathon takes place from July 13-16, 2011, preceded by a time trial on July 12.

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