Division: Master Men
Lives in Hamilton.
Paddling for 10 years.
I paddle all year round and participate in all the main races around the country.
My routine for races starts about a few days out. I start to organise my paddling equipment and waka making sure it’s all in good working order (i.e. drink systems, rudder and rudder cables) and to make sure I haven’t misplaced anything. Nothing worse than running around the morning of a race in a panic doing repairs or trying to find something.
I also try and concentrate on eating well and hydrating leading up to a race. I have come unstuck during races by not doing these two things in the lead up.
The night before I like to have a big meal with plenty of vegetables some pasta and either Chicken, fish or steak. For breakfast its porridge with cream, brown sugar and a banana with a cup of tea. Then it will be a 50/50 mix of electrolytes and water and just snack on scroggin leading up to the race.
The morning of the race I try and stay relaxed not rush around too much. I’ll stretch throughout the morning. I’ll usually try and get out on the water at least 15 minutes before race to loosen and warm up.
My mantra is be confident but humble. You must have the confidence to back yourself if you want to succeed but also be humble in victory or defeat.
The biggest mistake I ever made leading up to a race was not washing out my hydro pack before racing one year at the Bo Herbert Memorial race. I became very sick halfway during the race and lost a lot of places. So hence why I like to make sure I have everything organised days in advance. Cheers Mike.
Mike Rogerson lives his mantra to a tee! He is one of the most humble paddlers I know. I got to know Mike a bit better on our worlds Campaign for Tahiti Long distance champs this year. When I approached him to write this little piece he was very taken aback by it not realising how much he has to offer us all.
Its similar with all our paddlers. Most ask “why me, I’m not special”. Actually you are, because it’s the way you do what you do that counts. It’s interesting to see and acknowledge our differences because those differences will really resonate with someone else and give them hope.
I admire Mikes consistency to his training while supporting his whanau, and coaching at his club. Trying to compete yourself as an athlete and coach is no easy task so I take my hat of to him for that.
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