1. STARTS STARTS STARTS!!! - Crucial to get out in front, or close to the front from the whistle.
2. Concentrate on technique. Paddle on your knees with deep strokes and keep the stroke count high.
3. Paddle HARD around the cans. Drop to your belly before the first can and keep tight to the cans.
4. Work hard in training on catching runners (small waves) and use them to finish hard.
5. Paddle 'till you can't paddle anymore.....then paddle some more!!