10 October 2013
NLK training and TAS events calendar 2013/14 – update
Here’s our calendar planned out for the rest of 2013/14 including the events we’ll be at and the major events we’ll be training for. This year we’re structuring our Thursday training around some of these major events. Download the full schedule here: NLK_calendar_2013_update3
Meeting times/places for Thursday training sessions are below. Note we are moving to Long Beach TONIGHT (1 week earlier than originally planned). For more information see the “Thursday training” page.
02/05 to 15/08 – Derwent Sailing Squadron, Sandy Bay (4.30pm for a 4.45 start)
22/08 to 10/10 – Derwent Sailing Squadron, Sandy Bay (4.45pm for a 5.00 start)
10/10 to 27/03 – Southern end of Long Beach, Sandy Bay (5.30pm for a 5.45 start)
19 September 2013
Launceston paddling clinic – Sunday 29th September
As proud sponsors of the 2013 Freycinet Challenge and the inaugral 2013 Launceston Cataract Challenge, NLK are running our 4th Launceston paddling clinic to prepare participants for both events! This is your chance to get the edge and accelerate your paddling, saving many months on your own with a few hours at this comprehensive course.
The clinic is suitable for entry level up to advanced paddlers. For those not able to attend the full course, 1-on-1 sessions will be available immediately afterwards. Limited craft and gear hire is available on the day by prior arrangement.
The clinic will be held at the Tamar Rowing Club on Sunday 29th September, from 8.30am to 1.30pm. During the on water component of the course we will cover much of the Launceston Cataract Challenge paddle leg, introducing participants to the course and the best strategies to take on race day. The full clinic schedule, details and booking information can be found here.
26 August 2013
NLK most improved: Winter Challenge 2012-2013
Sometimes improving your paddling is like watching grass grow, you don’t notice it happening day by day or week by week. But if you have a look at it over a longer timeframe the changes are obvious.
At NLK we love to see improvement, we also love our numbers and the science behind paddling! So we analysed the times of 70 paddlers participating in the Winter Challenges of 2012 and 2013 who have accessed some form of NLK coaching since we started up in September 2010. Many of these paddlers continue to improve through regular coaching or training sessions.
The Winter Challenge paddle course is unique because it is always fairly flat/sheltered and marked by islands, so times are more comparable year-to-year than for any other multisport event in Tasmania. Nonetheless, we made conservative adjustments for a slightly slower course in 2013 compared with 2012 (across all paddlers), and also for paddlers who competed in different combinations – individually, 2P or 4P teams – during the 2012 and 2013 events (this affected 6 paddlers).
The results have generated our first ever “most improved” honour roll of NLK paddlers over a yearly cycle, as well as a glimpse at the improvements possible through regular coaching and training. The highlights are:
# An average improvement of 6.11% from 2012 to 2013 across all of 70 NLK paddlers analysed (equivalent to just over 3 mins faster for every 50 mins of paddling)
# SIMON BENTLEY as NLK’s most improved paddler 2012-2013 (at 23.3%). Well done mate!
# Most improved places 2 to 5 – JUSTIN MARNEY 2nd (18.22%), ALEX SPINKS 3rd (15.49%), DREW BYERS 4th (14.89%), PETER KENT 5th (12.13%)
# Most improved places 6 to 10 – JODI TEMPLAR 6TH (11.99%), GRAEME VAN GALEN 7TH (11.47%), KATE ANDREWS 8TH (11.27%), ADAM MASON 9TH (10.35%), JAMES PORTER 10TH (9.27%)
# Most improved places 11 to 15 – NATHANIEL JACKSON 11TH (9.05%), BRENT RANSON 12TH (7.37%), ALEX HUNT 13TH (6.44%), CATHY MCCOMB 14TH (6.09%), GREG POLLARD 15TH (5.94%)
# Special mention to the following paddlers who hadn’t even taken up the sport seriously by the time of the 2012 Winter Challenge but who progressed quickly from there and competed in 2013 – Jordy Davis, Giles Barrington, Stuart Page, Tony McIntyre, Mark Johnson, Rod Mason, Matthew Yarrow, Andrew Howell, Rod Viney, Daniel Brown, Nick Smith, Dave Hoppitt, Steve Watchorn and Andrew Fuglsang. May you feature in many “most improved” lists to come.
Terrific efforts from all these paddlers – congratulations!
The full analysis is available here – Winter_Challenge_analysis_2012_13
Until next time, keep paddling and keep improving – All the best, Ben
Our July 2013 newsletter is now up online – it’s been a while since our last one (January), so this one is jam packed: http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=f80aaba7170a7b529cb0558ca&id=47787e11ff&e=667cc551f1
21 July 2013
NLK Spring safety/skills course
Our 4th safety/skills course is locked in for Thursday 12th September, 7.30-9.30pm. This course is run in the comfort of an indoor pool and has been specifically designed for ocean/multisport craft. Over 70 paddlers have taken the course since it’s introduction in 2011. Information and booking details can be found here.
29 January 2013
Here’s the wrap up of the TASSAL Kayak Challenge held on Australia Day – thanks to all those who came along! http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=f80aaba7170a7b529cb0558ca&id=1a910b9abe&e=f45f8768a4
25 January 2013
NLK’s January newsletter – enjoy!
28 November 2012
NLK’s November newsletter is up and about:
16 August 2012
Our August newsletter is now up online:
4 July 2012
Links to our last two newsletters:
NLK newsletter - June 2012 http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=f80aaba7170a7b529cb0558ca&id=813ac7b54c&e=667cc551f1
NLK newsletter – April 2012 http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=f80aaba7170a7b529cb0558ca&id=e2dd304aa7&e=f45f8768a4