You have to take the time to think things over and ask the right questions before entering this kind of race. It’s only once you have entered, that everything really gets going.
I again asked my brother to come up with a specific 3-month preparation plan, with between 6 and 12 hours of training per week.
I strictly followed the training plan, which included stand-up paddle practice, muscle-building, cycling, running and swimming.
Throughout my preparations, I practised on by inflatable Explorace 12’6x26 board. In my first sessions on the 14'x25 inflatable prototype, I quickly realised the full potential of inflatable racing SUP boards. This board glides through the water very smoothly and the inertia is much better than on my Explorace 12’6. When I think of the technical properties of this board, I really think that the gap between the two types of SUP is shrinking. Soon, the difference will be so small that users will adopt the inflatable variant much more readily. They are so much easier to transport when you are on the road.
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