Alexandra Headland's Alyssa Bull won a maiden ski title at the Lifesaving World Championships.
Alexandra Headland's Alyssa Bull won a maiden ski title at the Lifesaving World Championships. harvpix

Bull embraces a tough training routine

PADDLING: Sprint paddler and Rio Olympian Alyssa Bull has embraced a hectic training schedule as Tokyo 2020 looms ever closer.

The 23-year-old was able to enjoy the "fun side” of her sport during the Lifesaving World Championships last week and managed to earn a gold medal in the women's single ski final for her efforts.

It was a final hit-out before she starts the 2018/19 Olympic kayak season at the Grand Prix 1 at West Lakes in Adelaide this weekend.

With the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games only 19 months away, the team is on a tight training regime and with Bull juggling her work as a firefighter and training there is not much time for anything else.

"We train on a full kayak program, so with paddling, gym and the odd cross train session it doesn't leave much time or energy for ski paddling,” Bull said in a Paddle Australia press release.

"Anna (Wood, coach) let us race on the weekend, but we couldn't skip any of the key sessions in training as kayak races start next weekend. But it's lucky they are so closely related and we need to make sure we keep up our surf skills.

"Juggling work as a full time firefighter makes it also more difficult. I have 3:45am starts for my two-day shifts to be able to train before starting work in Brisbane at seven in the morning.

"Then I have two night shifts, which means I travel from Brissy straight to Pizzey to train late in the morning and back early in the afternoon to train before going back to work. Lucky I get four days off in between,” she said.



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