Diary of an Olympian on the charge; Emma Twigg

I am currently at a very exciting, albeit nerve wracking time in my 2016 preparations. A month from now I will be lining up on the start line of the Lucerne ‘last chance qualification regatta’. I have one opportunity to claim one of the last three spots in the women’s single scull for Rio. After a year off, I embark on the regatta with a few nerves, as I have been away from international racing since the 2014 World Championships.

The summer season in New Zealand has gone well, I have set personal best times and world records on the erg with the help of the BAT Logic Adaptor and ShoePlate Pro, which gives me confidence that my fitness is right on track. It is now time to hone technical elements to get up to speed on the water.  I am looking forward to getting to Europe and onto the Rotsee again for the last chance regatta in May.

I was lucky enough to take a trip to Rio in November to check out the course and the city. This gave me even more determination to get myself into a position to be wearing the Olympic Rings on my chest again come August. Rio is a vibrant city, full of colorful people and oozing culture and charm. Aside from representing New Zealand at my 3rd Olympic Games, I am most excited about visiting this amazing city again – but before then, the ‘Regatta of Death’ looms.