My name is Radek, and I have been on the water in a kayak for over fifteen years now. I first heard about the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race back in 2008 (from Dan Seaford), who said to me that the race is 125 miles long, and I thought that he must be joking. In Poland, the country I am from, it is unheard of to race for more than four minutes.
Well ... some time later I had the great pleasure to experience the DW myself; and found out that it is actually possible to paddle 125 miles. My first DW was only a year ago in 2014, and since completing the event, I have fallen in love with it. DW is a huge challenge, both mentally and physically, but this is rewarded with the amazing feeling you get when passing under Westminster Bridge in London which is the finish line and this feeling drowns out any thought of negativity you may have felt during the race itself.
In September last year, a new athlete joined the club (Alex), and since I first saw her I knew that we are a good match: both being determined and highly motivated individuals. I wanted to paddle with her straight away, and after completing a session in the K2, I was very impressed with the skills and stamina shown.
It was great ... then I also heard that Alex had completed DW last year in 2014 also and my first thoughts were that it would great to give it a go together next year. So few months later, here we are 'in the same boat'.
Currently we are undertaking lots of training both on and off of the water, but one of the biggest problems during a relatively long cold winter is that during water based training it is imperative keeping the body temperature at the right levels so we can continue to train as hard as we can. We both have used Palm kit in the past and are without a doubt pleased with the durability, comfort and warmth of the equipment.
Alex and I are planning to finish the great DW this year and it promises to be an interesting race what with many other excellent mixed crews also hoping to enter the event. We wish luck to all the participants and their support crews for their training and of course the event itself! – Radek and Alexandra