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We’re within100 days until Chattajack.  It seems like a long time away on one hand yet on the other it seems rather close, especially since it’s approaching the point where you have fewer days left to train than there are days since you registered.  Time goes by quickl...

So here it is late June already, which means it’s only 18 weeks till Chattajack!

Those that have done the race before know that doing 31 miles well requires some considerable training.  We’re not just talking about throwing things together and getting down to work a mon...

Of course being able to execute a strategy like this over a 5-8 hour race is easier said than done.  We all know that completing a race like Chattajack requires a commitment to training.  However the type of training you do is important and in the end, no matter what t...

At some point the draft train is going to break apart and it’s going to become every paddler for his or herself.  In 2015 at Chattajack it happened to our train in the last 1500m.  In 2016 our train fell apart early with about 12 km to go.  

When the train fal...

While the purpose of this post isn’t to discuss how to actually draft, here are some tips for making the most of your draft train that can make a big difference over a long race like Chattajack:
 

  1. Relax as much as possible while drafting.  Find the sweet spot where...

I like to think of draft trains as either being cooperative or competitive.  Cooperative trains are made up of paddlers that recognize that working together can help chew up distance, make the race go faster, and allow everyone to save energy to use in later stages of...

Determining how hard to go in the first 10 minutes takes practice as I’ve mentioned.  If you were to start doing weekly 2 km time controls 10 weeks out from race day you’d get lots of opportunities to develop your sense of pacing.  However I think it is always easier t...

Chattajack Race Strategy

Having just recently completed the 40 km SEA Paddle race around Manhattan and with Chattajack only 10 weeks away, it seems an appropriate time to begin discussing race strategy for long, five hour plus, races.  

Whether it’s any of the three prev...