Lorena is a determined and driven twenty-something-year-old sprint kayaker and is part of the Romanian kayak team. She achieved 5th place at the U23 World Championship and came 11th at the Senior World Championship on K1 200m. The dream is the Olympic Games, but in the meantime, she'll continue killing it on the water.
Q: What does your training regime look like?
A: My training is comprised of two major parts, paddling and gym. Most of the time, I do ten training sessions per week, eight on the water and 2 in the gym.
Q: In the lead up to a competition, how do you prepare?
A: In the time preceding a competition, I try to charge up, mentally and physically, to be as fresh as possible on the starting line. Usually, in the ten days before the competition, I don’t do much training, only what is necessary to stay in shape.
Q: How do SKINS compression garments help you in training, competition and recovery?
A: I haven’t used the SKINS compression garments in a competition so far, but I used them a lot in training, almost every day. I feel great wearing SKINS, and if I feel good, I can push myself to a new level. During the high-intensity training sessions, I feel that my muscles are well supported, giving me the confidence I need to keep going. For recovery, I use long tights, which help in reducing the soreness after the workout.
Q: Do you have anything unique to your training regime?
A: I don’t have any training partners, and I’m always trying to beat yesterday’s performance.
Q: Do you have any superstitions/ pre-competition rituals?
A: I don’t have any superstitions or rituals; I just try to repeat in competition what I usually do in training.
Q: What do you think separates you mentally from other athletes?
A: Probably perseverance. No matter the outcome, I will keep going.
Interview has been edited for length and clarity.