Recovering Dusi champion Mackenzie aims to be ready for Drak

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After her solid second place in the 2020 N3TC Drak Challenge canoe marathon, Christie Mackenzie hopes to shrug off the effects of Covid-19 in time to challenge for the 2022 title next month.

MyLife Dusi champion paddler Christie Mackenzie has found herself locked in a race against time to regain her peak form after falling prey to the fourth wave of Covid-19, as she hopes to win the N3TC Drak Challenge next month.

The 2022 Drak Challenge in partnership with FNB will take place on January 29 and 30.

Gameplan Media reports that Mackenzie finished in second place in his last appearance in the race last held in 2020 and hopes to do even better next year.

“It was a bit of a wrench in the works to get Covid, but I think it’s good that I have it now so I can’t get it back before Drak and Dusi.”

Christie Mackenzie

She had a successful season in 2021, between successive lockdowns which hampered local and international calendars, and also managed to complete her studies in psychology majors during the roller coaster year.

Ahead of his summer paddling season, which will include a Dusi K2 title challenge with Jordy Peek, Mackenzie had to reset his year-end training plans after returning a positive test for the virus in December.

Covid-19 recovery

“It was a bit difficult to get Covid, but I think it’s good that I have it now so I can’t get it back before Drak and Dusi,” Mackenzie said.

“It’s better now when I have time to recover,” she said as she left for a short vacation in Mozambique after testing negative after ignoring the virus.

“At the moment the plan is to see how my body is when I get back into things because obviously I haven’t trained at all just to be safe,” the Euro Steel rider said. “I feel super tired.

“It looks like there was some nice rain in Underberg so I’m really looking forward to Drak, so we’ll try to get up there to take a trip for the Drak.”

Mackenzie finished fast in second place in the last edition of the Drak Challenge, held in January 2020, finishing close to winner Jenna Nisbet and doing well in holding the charge Bridgitte Hartley.

After juggling her training and studies in 2021, Mackenzie can hope to make her paddling a priority in 2022.

“It was hard to manage my studies and to train for the worlds, so now I can focus on the paddle a bit,” she said, adding that she was about to start her service. community as a springboard to being accepted by one’s masters. studies.

“Drak is always the fun build race to the Dusi,” she added, downplaying that the stacked women’s field will make racing for the Drak Challenge title a fascinating competition in the making.

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