The Road to Athens - Nick Dempsey
by Nick Dempsey
Olympic windsurfer Nick Dempsey keeps us updated with what he has been up to over the last month in his latest Road to Athens diary:
The time to the games seems to be going by very fast. I can’t believe that it is almost half way through the cycle since Sydney, but fortunately things have been going to plan!
In my last diary instalment I had not been able to compete in any decent events this year due to illness, and I didn’t really know where I was. I had only sailed against the Brits and I didn’t even know how they were doing.
Since then I have done two of the Eurolymp Olympic Classes Regattas, SPA and Kiel. Both events went very well and I finished in 1st and 2nd place respectively. I think it was more of a surprise to me than anything as I pretty much had my arse kicked in training for the past two months and so I wasn’t really aware of the pace I had!
Both of the events were windy, which helped me out a bit as I’m still not up to my full fitness, and so it was a bit of a relief that the wind was blowing. It’s slightly easier in the wind than in the light.
I went to Chicago at the beginning of the month for a week as my brother was getting married out there, but unfortunately for me I was stuck in the Hotel Gym all week – not much fun really! Although, it was good to get away for a week as I had been stuck at home in Weymouth for a while!