Back At It! - A Report from Isabella Bertold

This month we check in with sponsored sailor Isabella Bertold. After narrowly missing the chance to represent Canada at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the Laser Radial, Isabella is getting back on the boat and geared up for a busy year of sailing. We’re excited to follow her progress and she continues to work towards her goal of competing in the Olympic Games.

Since the Miami OCR in January my life has felt a bit upside down! I suffered a concussion in January that has kept me off the water, and has limited my dry-land training. I have however become very good at answering daily questions such as: On a scale of 0 to 5, 0 being perfectly normal, please rate the amount of pressure you currently feel in your head … do you feel as if you are in a daze …

While I would much rather have been out on the water working on my boat handling, and in the gym getting stronger, this time off was probably not a bad thing. It allowed me to realistically evaluate this last Olympic campaign, and make a plan for the coming years. As I have increased my gym training these past couple of weeks I have to say I feel refreshed, keen to get back in the boat, and am having fun training.

As I write this I am cleared to return back to my “normal” life. So what exactly does that mean? It means I can push myself to the limit while dry-land training, and that I get to get on a plane this coming Monday and jet off to Palma de Mallorca, Spain for a month of sailing! This trip to Spain will start off with a training camp, then I will race in the 3rd World Cup regatta of the year, Trofeo Princess Sofia, and then I will take part in another training camp. Do I feel ready to race? Not really, but I do feel ready to get back in the boat to start preparing for the World Championships in May, and besides, racing is some of the best, and most fun, training there is.

I wish I had more to share at the moment, but I am sure these coming months of training and competing will make-up for the lack of action packed updates of late. Since I am now back on track and training towards my goal of winning Olympic gold at the Rio 2016 Olympics, I invite you to follow along on my journey. For those of you who are into Facebook and Twitter, I update those almost daily. For those longing for more complete updates, I write on my blog almost every week.

Thanks for all the support, and I hope to see most readers on the start line this coming July in the Gorge for the Laser North American Championships!

Sail Fast,    

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Keep up the good work Isabella!

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