Lance Kime is setting his sights on the N3TC Drak Challenge Canoe Marathon, taking place on January 24 and 25, as part of his preparation for his Dusi Canoe Marathon title defence a month later.
After an unplanned layoff in spring as he recovered from glandular fever, Kime is itching to get back into competitive paddling.
“I am so chuffed to be able to train again after I got the go-ahead from my doctor,” said Kime.
“It has been so frustrating being forced to sit out training and racing for over a month.
“That was not ideal at all as I would have liked to be racing against the other top guys at this stage in the year.
“Having said that I am a big believer in rest and taking an off-season. Every time I have done that I have managed to come back stronger than before,” he said.
The Drak Challenge is skewed heavily in favour of the stronger paddlers as there are no portages in the two-day 65km race. Kime realises that this will count against top Dusi contenders like Sbonelo Khwela and Thulani Mbanjwa.
“Sbonelo (Khwela) is paddling so well right now that he could be a factor in the Drak for sure,” said Kime.
“Bungee (Thulani Mbanjwa) is also back to his best form from what I have been able to see from races like the recent Ozzie Gladwin.”