As the second quarter of the State Beach Series gets under way, top contenders are emerging as they compete for a share of the $14,900 cash prize pool to be awarded at the conclusion of the series.
Among these is five-time Olympian Barbara Kendall. Having competed in each of the four stand up paddle races so far, Kendall is currently in second place on the series leaderboard.
The mother of two has a busy lifestyle as she juggles various roles on the International Olympic Committee as well as being a motivational speaker, but says she sees the Beach Series as a priority each week.
“I spend about 90 days a year doing honorary work for various committees and organizations so it’s really busy,” says Kendall.
“But the beach series keeps me honest in terms of where I am with my fitness. Having such an irregular lifestyle I try and keep it as a focus on Tuesdays and I schedule all my appointments and travels around it,” she says.
Following 21 years competing at the top of her sport, Kendall says she finds it hard to maintain her fitness without the motivation of future competitions.
“Usually I don’t push myself like I used to, I’ve become more of a cruiser. So the beach series is good in that it makes me do one really hard aerobic fitness session every week and I’ll dig it in,” says Kendall.