Fresh off his win at the NZ Championships this past weekend I am happy to bring you Mahe Drysdale
Wolf -We all know you were here at the Head of Charles party this past year, now one of my fellow RBC members won the club four and he had a few too many drinks. Do you remember this sort of big dorky guy coming up to you and bragging that he won the Charles and you did not?
Mahe- Sorry I don’t remember this exact incident, He will need to try and harder next year to do something I cant forget! I was a little disappointed with my performance at the Charles last year, being 16KG over my race weight and spending 3 days training (since the Olympics) wasn’t the ideal preparation, and with Nathan Cohen and the NZ woman’s double winning it was easy to forget about the race and just enjoy the rest of the event. I always love coming to the Charles and this year I will be fit and looking forward to trying to take the title again, it has been my boogey event performance wise with 1 out 4 wins. The Party always makes you quickly forget the disappointments on the race course though.
Wolf- I have to ask and I am sure you hear it all the time , so what is the plan for this year for you, hell what is the plan for the next four years in regards to you rowing the single for NZ?
Mahe- Good question and its been one its taken me awhile to answer. Initially I was going to take this year off from international racing and just go to “fun regattas” After my trip around to the fall regattas and some time off I started to get the rowing bug back. I was thinking I can sit around for a year waiting to get back into it or just go for it. I have now been back training full time for a month and am absolutely loving it. I have made a few changes and while its early days things are going great at this stage. I will be in
Wolf-- All what is a typical training day like for you? What is your workload like?
Mahe- We train 6 days a week and usually do 2-3 sessions a day for a total of around 14 sessions a week. Most of our time is spent on the water with a couple of sessions in the gym we would look at averaging around 200KM per week with each session being anywhere from 16-30KM long.
Wolf - So in the past four years what has been you best race and what made it so?
Mahe - That’s a tough one. I have 3 stand out races and they are my 3 world championship finals races. 2005 was most surprising and I have never felt more elation than after winning, being my first worlds medal was also special. 2006 2nd 1000M was my most gutsy and I call it the “get out of Jail” race, I made some errors early but felt relieved at the end that I had come back and made up for my mistakes taking a very tight win and world best time. Probably my most satisfying and when I think about it probably my best ever race was Munich 2007. I was confident, rowed well and at no point felt like I was going to loose. I always felt in control and when I took off at the 1000M mark there was no one that could keep up, that was very satisfying and I think it was all the more special for me because early on in that year things didn’t go well with a 4th place at the 2nd world cup.
Wolf- I have to ask this one as well or it just would not be me and my readers would kill me, why not a double with Waddell and let the little guy Cohen have a go in the single for a year? Just one year?!
Extra 1 Wolf-So you have traveled the world and seen many people and places, where are the best looking women? What do you think I was going to say where is the best race course?
Mahe- That’s a tough one because everywhere we travel we usually have people from all over the world. I have to say numbers wise the Head of the Charles attracts the biggest numbers of stunners but the Dutch and the Swedes are always hard to beat.