Learn From My Mistakes: Why I Failed At My First Big SUP Race

Did you know you can train six days a week and still be unprepared to race?

It was 2010, and I was excited as I prepared for the Battle of the Paddle – Hawaii.

I had been training hard for  months, working out six days a week. As race day approached, my fitness was strong but my SUP race preparation strategies were lacking. My training program was missing targeted intervals, proper volume and sufficient intensity. My paddle was much too big for me; my technique needed work and I was inexperienced in ocean conditions. Still, I somehow thought that I was ready. In retrospect,  I just didn’t know any better. In 2010, SUP was just developing as a sport. Racing information was scarce and training programs were non-existent.

Race day arrived and frankly, the BOP Hawaii kicked my butt. I struggled through the elite course race and finished at the back of the pack. I was frustrated and confused about how I could possibly finish so poorly after training so hard.

What I failed to realize was that I needed to train smarter, not harder.

SUP Training The Smart Way Packages Launch Tuesday, March 31st

Following my disastrous BOP experience, I dedicated myself to mastering the SUP race training and racing techniques that would give me the results I wanted. Five years of designing my own training programs, coaching hundreds of SUP athletes and learning from fellow elite paddlers helped me to reach my goals. SUP Training The Smart Way eBook and Training Packages are designed to help you reach yours.

Should I train three or four days per week? How do I use proper technique to go faster? What is the best way to gauge training effort?  What if I can’t train on the water?

There are so many questions to answer. Eliminate the guesswork so you can focus 100% on your training and maximize your results.

Your time is valuable. Don’t waste another season using training and SUP race strategies that defeat your purpose.

If you want to….

  • Maximize your training and make the best use of your time
  • Reach your goals and paddle faster, longer and stronger
  • Master pro-race tactics, pacing and nutrition strategies

SUP Training The Smart Way Packages are right for you.

Join us Tuesday, March 31st for the launch at 10 AM Eastern.

Happy Paddling,

Chase Kosterlitz