No fi vetime Kime f or Dusi
Paddling shining star Adie finally gets a chance to break Dusi duck
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.
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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 www.dusi.co.za
— 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.