Peter Csonka Interview
What’s your favorite spot/location to be active?
I love to be outdoors. So I would say every river or play spot has its own beauty. I really love to spend time outdoors with my friends and share the adventures together.
How do you prepare for a project/contest?
Every time we know the schedule for the events about a year earlier. We know what the spots will look like and we start to prepare quite early. Usually we start with endurance trainings over winter. It’s really hard because we have between 9-13 training sessions per week. There is gym, running, paddling machine, endurance gym training, climbing, gymnastics, cross country skiing and hockey.
If you set up a training plan this hard, you have to be really careful not to get over trained and there have to be weeks in between where you don’t push it to 100%. Sauna and regeneration is important too. In middle of winter we start paddling. If the competitions are late in the year, there is time to go for some creeking trips. If not, than we have to start preparing for the season. We usually go to Uganda for 5 weeks or so. It’s an awesome place where you don’t do anything else but go paddling twice a day. This place is really good. It’s humid and hot so the muscles are getting more flexible and it’s also more than 1000m above sea level, so the physical condition improves a lot.After that, we have two weeks off. Then we go paddling in Europe ( France, Spain). In April we go on the whitewater course in Slovakia, where we also have gyms and tracks for running. This is basically the hardest time from whole season.
What are your biggest accomplishments?
Freestyle: 2 time silver world championship medalist, European champion, 3th European champion, 5time Eurocup winner in the row, 10 time Slovak champion in the row, World cup winner, 2nd on the world cup, etc.
Cross: 4th on European championship( team),12th on sickline world championship, Slovak champion.
What are your next goals related to your sport?
I am missing the world champion title but I will work hard for that. In 2012 I would also like to keep my European champion title and win the world cup. These are my goals, I love to win but sometimes it’s just not possible. So keep your fingers crossed for me!
Who do you look up to, who motivates you?
When I started kayaking, there were several people who motivated me. There was EJ, Steve Fisher, Olaf Obsomer, Oli Grau. These guys were really good. I was watching their movies all day long. My current idols are the Hochschorner brothers. I know that they are slalom C2, but I know them well, we trainings together. The point is they won 4time Olympic gold medals, several Worlds or European championships and for me they are the most talented sports men in the world in the slalom category.
Who is your favorite guy to hang out with/be active with?
It’s Nina, of course. She is my girlfriend for more than 8 years. She is helping me with everything and she is also one of the best female freestyle kayakers. Of course always fun with more people around.
What’s your ‘2nd‘ sport?
We are doing some other sports to get endurance. I used to snowboard a lot, but now during the winter we have to be somewhere and prepare for the kayaking season. I will probably start surfing, because in our whitewater course, they are going to build a new surfing wave. So now I am looking forward to surf a little between our training sessions.
What’s your favorite thing to do on a day off?
It’s a difficult question. When I have a day off, it’s because I am over trained and can’t move anymore. So I better have some rest on quiet place ;-).
What’s your favorite adidas product and why?
I love almost all the products! Every time I go out, I take my GTX jacket, Terrex pants and shoes. I really don’t know which product is my favorite. It also depends on situation, where I am and what we do.
What’s your favorite food?
Pepper steak, cordon bleu and pizza.