No fi ve­time Kime f or Dusi

Pad­dling shin­ing star Adie fi­nally gets a chance to break Dusi duck

Weekend Witness - - Spor T - KYLE GIL­HAM When train­ing, it is im­por tant to start slow and ta­per off

SHORTLY aft er c om­plet­ing a r ecord Drak­ens­berg Grand Tra­verse ef­fort re­cently, “Dusi Prin cess” R obyn Kime con­firmed her ab­sence from ca­noe­ing will con­tinue for the fore­see­able fu­ture. The fi ve­time Dusi C anoe M arathon win­ner will thus not be on next year’s start line on F ebru­ary 19 to make the 120 km jour­ney from Pi­eter­mar­itzburg to Dur ban.

Kime, who clinched the women’s K2 ti­tle with Dusi Queen Abbe y Ulan­sky in 2010, 2012 and 201 4 w hile also notch­ing up the K1 ti­tle s in 2011 and 2013, lay down her pad­dles shortly after the c on­clu­sion of the 201 4 Dusi and Non St op Dusi C anoe mar athons as she and her boyfriend, Michael Owen, com­menced a glob al e xplo­ration.

Hav­ing r ecently joined the M er­rel Ad­ven­ture A ddicts ad ven­ture r ac­ing team, Kime is cur­rently en­joy­ing a brief stint in sunn y South Africa dur­ing which she and Gra­ham Bird set a new record for the mixed pairs, con­quer­ing of the mys­ti­cal moun­tain­ous chal­lenge in the Dr ak­ens­berg.

Many in the pad­dling fra­ter­nity had hoped Kime’s home­com­ing would sig­nal the s tart of a r eturn t o the sport she has enjo yed im­mense su ccess in dur­ing her young ca­reer, how­ever, t he 24 year­old con­firmed her pad­dles will re­main dry f or a w hile long er.

“I’ve got a r elax­ing few months up ahead; [Michael] and I ar e [go­ing to be] work­ing a ski sea­son up in France. I’m on a gap year at the mo­ment and we’ve been based there for a lit­tle while now,” Kime ex­plained dur­ing an SAfm in­ter­view shortly after her Grand Tra­verse s uc­cess.

“I start work at a ski es­ortr over there in a few weeks’ time and then I’ll next be back here in South Africa ag ain in May where I’ll be link­ing up with the Mer­rell A dven­ture A ddicts ag ain and end o f the b and — the s ole dif fer­ence be­ing the me thod o f ap­plic ation of the w eight.

Sim­i­larly, when fin­ish­ing a ho t and hu­mid r un, ther e is a t emp­ta­tion t o jump int o a c old sho wer t o c ool o ff. How­ever, ins tead o f l eav­ing y ou c ool and r efreshed, y ou end up s weat­ing pro­fusely, as the body fir st cl oses down and then c om­pen­sates f or the sud­den ap­plic ation o f c old.

Com­menc­ing in a w arm sho wer and gr ad­u­ally r educ­ing the t em­per­a­ture all ows y our c ore t em­per­a­ture t o follow suit , with min­i­mal s weat­ing once y ou ha ve dr essed. E xtend­ing the shower ma y ac tu­ally c ool the c ore t o the point that y ou r equire ad­di­tional cloth­ing.

This is jus t one mor e e xam­ple o f pen­du­lum prin­cipl e — ther e ar e many ex­am­ples, in­clud­ing the need and ben­e­fits o f w arm­ing up and c ool­ing down.

At r est or in the o ffice, w e almo st stag­nate — cir cu­la­tion, br eath­ing, heart r ate and o ther func tions ar e min­imised. It is, ther efore, de tri­men­tal to e xpect the body t o mak e a s wift tran­si­tion t o a high-l evel ac tiv­ity, such as r un­ning, e ven if that is at a r ela- do­ing a cou­ple of ad­ven­ture races with them, w hich will also be some­thing com­pletely ne w f or me,” she added.

Kime’s ab­sence from next year’s Dusi opens the door­way for 2014 women’s pad­dling shin­ing star Abby Adie to fi­nally break her Dusi duck afetr the Natal Ca­noe Club/Kayak Cen­tre ath­lete was the next across the line on all five occa­ sions of Kime’ s vict ories.

Adie’s near­est ri­val now looks likely to be fel­low NCC pad­dler and 2014 Ca­noe Marathon World Champs K2 part­ner Laura O’Don­aghue w hile another re­cent ad­ven­ture rac­ing con­vert, Hi­lary Bruss (Race Food/Pepto Sport) will also hope her fresh out­door in­ter­ests will stand her in g ood s tead c ome ne xt year’s Dusi.

The 64th edi­tion of the Dusi Ca­noe Marathon t akes plac e fr om C amps Drift in Piet er­mar­itzburg t o Blue La­goon in Dur­ban from Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 1 9 to Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 21, 2015 . More inf or­ma­tion can be f ound at

— Game­plan Me­dia.


Five-time win­ner and women’s K1 de­fend­ing champ Robyn Kime will no t tak e part in the 2015 Dusi Ca­noe Marathon due t o her in­ter­na­tional trav­els.

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