Alvaro Fiuza and Walter Bouzan are second in the Oklahoma World Canoeing Championships in the K2 Marathon mode. Here we leave you all the chronicle written directly by Alvaro Fiuza.
“The days before, the previous nerves began, but the kind you like, that grow instead of diminish you. The night before was good, so much so that I slept 9 hours ... I had a hard time detaching myself from the sheets. Breakfast as always: Juice, oatmeal, toast, fruit, and for dessert called to the family, the best hydrates before competing are Laura and the kids ...
We left the hotel a couple of hours before to review the material and fill the suckers with mineral salts, this time they were going to be a fundamental part of the race. An hour before we started with the warm-ups, hydration and stretching, that is, under a good shade since the sun was very tight. We left only 15 ′ to do the control of boats and catch sensations in the water, I felt with a comfort that I had not had all year.
At 12:30 pm the start was made, the madness of the first two laps began, struggles to take the best position, inevitable blows, sounds of carbon breaking, shouts of authority ... We placed behind seeing the panorama and waiting for it to Lower the voltage to take action. We have to give a jerk earlier than expected and go on to score, that did not stop and the first portage was approaching, even above we had to take the drink bag before entering to carry, essential to be able to hold until the fourth lap without entering through the provisioning area.
We managed to give a strong pull, we started to score to reach the top among the porters, the hydration plan began. We had decided to take out and go out only once to get another bag, when we usually do it three times. We had to risk, going to drink penalized time, but the day asked for a lot of liquid, that did not make us change our thoughts and we decided to continue talking.
At the first porting we got twelve boats, so the following laps will continue to be tough. The selection of the leading group is made very slow, the portages pass and in each one, someone from the leading group falls. At the fourth portage we entered five canoes, it is time to drink, the Bikertt-Low area hinders us when entering through the provisioning area, receiving a blow to my head, but let's save and get the last bag of drink that we are going to use.
The jerks are getting worse in the group ahead and the pursuers do not stop in the effort to link. In the sixth lap the 2nd South African race remains, leaving 2 boats at the forefront of the race: two Spanish, South African and Hungarian boats. My head begins to suffer, only 4 ′ of race and the medals are close, I start to think of an article that I read from the Triathlon magazine, the “Ironwar”, although here we were four instead of two and those companions could change what happened in previous years with the two Spanish cities ...
In short: In previous years Merchan-Ivan had robbed us of gold, as did Dave Scott to Mark Allen in the Kona ironman. We wanted to achieve what Allen did in that year 89, to beat his black beast.
The last lap is approaching, Walter tells me that he is very cramped, the drink strategy did not work 100%, but I tell him that I am going whole and calm, that we can mess it up. We reached the eighth and final lap, everything is going according to plan, we reached the last straight by scoring, we managed to defend the position and run with the South Africans, but a rough portage for the Merchan-Iván team made them go to the ground, crashing Emilio With Walter in his fall, the South Africans free and land first, everything changes, the two favorite teams are fighting for victory, but this time there was one more at the party, it is as if in 2 Allen only thinks of Scott and vice versa and , a Raña arrives and wins both, what would happen? … I dont know!
In this case ... they were better in the sprint than us, only 670 thousandths separated from McGregor-Mocke and, we took 210 thousandths from Merchan-Ivan. It is clear that it was not the “Ironwar”, but I was thinking of her to cheer me up, in my eagerness to win that magnificent Merchan-Iván city, and yes! We won it, but it wasn't enough, there was another better city.
Anecdotes aside, I received many messages from experts at this distance, telling me that it had been the best city race they had ever seen, so it was not the "Pirawar" but it was a great show for lovers of this sport.
What comes after this silver ... I cannot speak for Walter ... but I personally would like to win a gold in the marathon, both in a European and in a World Cup, will I get it? I don't know, it will be very very difficult… But I will try, do not hesitate. ”
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