The passport has had some new stamps,the frequent flyer miles have been raked up and the performances have been world class.
Since leaving our training base in Munich, the team has travelled to Duisburg for World Cup 2, Moscow for World Cup 3 and is now in Hungary.
Duisburg was the first international hit out for Murray in the K1 1000m and he didn’t disappoint. Suffering from hay fever due to the European summer he launched himself onto the world stage with his first finals appearance in this event in as many starts.
The final was only missing a couple of names of the who’s who of 1000m racing. Those that were there were Olympic, World and World Cup Champions.
Murray’s new Olympic boat from Nelo Kayaks was awesome. Self designed, the budding architect may have a hidden talent.
Murray raced strong finishing 5th.Taking this domestic race plan onto the world stage, he lead for the majority of the race but faded in the last 200m where the boys with the strong finish and international race experience came home over the top.
Check out the race at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYDvAgayaBA
Just like he will at the Games, Murray also competed in the K4 1000m finishing 4th and the K1 200m.
It was a great experience for myself to not have to go through the physical pain of racing but there was no shortage of nerves and pressure being in the coaches position either.
Germany put on a great regatta with all athletes out in force trying to stamp their authority on their chosen event and gain that valuable mental edge over one another for when the Olympics come around.
From Duisburg to Moscow for World Cup 3 the team was pumped to be going to Russia.
There are not many chances in ones life to go to Russia and we had one. Moscow was holding the final World Cup of the season, a dress rehearsal for when they stage the World Championships in 2014.
Moscow is home to more billionaires (79) than any other city in the world.
The rich and poor divide the city, with a cheap super market and mall next door to a shopping mall that would not be out of place in Dubai.
We weren’t here to count Ferrari’s though, the team was here to race. This being the last hit out that the Australian Team will have before competition in London.
Moscow had it all. Cold, rain, head wind, sun, no wind, rooms with no windows, and security guards by the hundred. But all that aside the venue was great.
The turn out in Moscow was not huge but the competition was fierce, the Russian Team racing at home is impressively strong.
Murray battled the head wind and Adam Van Koeverden in the final of the K1 1000m finishing second to him. A day of second placings also saw the Aussie men’s K4 finish behind the Russians.
In the non-Olympic K1 500m Muz smashed the field over his favourite distance. Then backed up to contest the A final of the K1 200m as well. Not bad for a 1000m paddler.
Moscow is home to some of the most distinguishable sights in the world and we couldn’t come here to not cross off Red Square, Saint Basil’s Cathedral and the Kremlin from the list.
Some impressive performances through out the World Cup Regattas has made a great base to build from in the lead up to London. Time to knuckle down in Hungary, get the hard training done so that the rewards can be reaped in London.