If some of these questions bother you, then you probably already know how critically important the mental part of your sport is. If you want to take your race performance to the next level, then you have to be willing to take your training far beyond where most kayakers stop. Most serious athletes in this sport religiously work on the physical part of the sport. They’ll work on their strength, fitness and quickness. They’ll work on the proper technique. Is this stuff important? You betcha! You can’t become successful without “paying your physical dues” in this way. Hard work is definitely one of the main keys to your success. Without it, you’ll quickly fall behind.