January 12, 2006
A wildwater training plan is being written and discussed. The plan is based on
information gleaned from a former U.S. team member’s 25 years of experience as well as input from
current U.S. team members. If you are part of Wildwaterusa.org you can be participating, gaining
insight, and adding your own comments or questions.
Tom Weir and Geoff Calhoun, both current U.S. team members and U.S. National champions have shared
training information regarding technique and time trial distances, including their own times!
Geoff has offered valuable benchmark times for anyone interested in comparing their own speed
against the world’s best racers.
In the never-ending quest to find new and used boats and ship them around the
country, discussions of who’s building, who’s importing, who’s got something for sale and how it
can be moved are always taking place.
Find out who else is paddling in your area! Use WildwaterUSA.org to arrange
river trips, training runs and travel to races in other areas. Paddlers in the Pacific Northwest,
the Southeast, East, Northeast and Southwest are getting together on wildwaterusa.org.
The National Wildwater Racing Community
Paddlers in the U.S. have a distinct disadvantage
compared to our European counterparts. The sheer size of our country causes us to become fragmented,
often limiting paddlers to one geographical area. This can lead to an almost provincial way of
thinking when it comes to Wildwater Racing. That might not be such a disadvantage if the sport
were ten times bigger, but its tiny here compared to Europe. One of the main reasons Wildwater
has stayed small is the difficulty we have, based on geography, to build a cohesive sense of a
national racing community.
WildwaterUSA.org was designed to help bridge the distance between the various racing enclaves in
our country, enclaves that can be literally thousands of miles apart. In order for the website to
truly be effective, people need to participate. The benefits are obvious if you are a racer. If you
really want to know what’s going on you have to be able to talk to people who are actually out there
on the cutting edge. If you have questions about technique or training and you want your question
answered by someone who really knows what they are talking about, you’ve got to get in touch with
people who are U.S. team members or have won medals before, and WildwaterUSA.org may be the only
way to do that.
We are working to make sure that every former U.S. medalist and U.S. Team member in the sport of
Wildwater is participating in WildwaterUSA.org.
You can join by logging on to
www.wildwaterusa.org. It's easy and it’ll pay off.