Yet that is what the Great Britain Junior Canoe Slalom World Championships team will be doing in Wisconsin this week, pitting themselves against temerarious youths from 30 other countries.
Six of the 27-strong GB squad are Scots, hardly surprising given the nation has produced some of the most accomplished figures in canoe slalom over the years.
Aberdeen's David Florence is currently rated as world No.1 and will approach the London Olympics confident of winning gold in the men's K1 event, his prospective place on the podium likely to feel almost high as the pedestal he has been afforded by the next generation. Almost.
This week, though, it is the juniors' turn to make waves in the sport. Following the opening ceremony, the GB team will begin competition later today. The team has able participants across the disciplines in both the junior and under-23 age groups, although the pressures of competing do not seem to be the most immediate concern to everyone.
"It will be a new experience as I've never really been abroad with such a big time difference before," Alice Haining, who will paddle in the K1W-I Junior event, told Herald Sport. "Last year I competed twice in Slovenia – we went to Solkan and Tacen – and we took the rest of the Scottish paddlers and some of the younger ones. There is a junior series out there so we did a few junior internationals.
"I did okay. I got a fifth in the final in the first race and qualified for the semis. But then before the semis, when we were packing up, I got a wasp sting on my hand and it swelled up. I couldn't race so that wasn't too good. But to be abroad and racing internationally against lots of different countries, it's a lot better and offers more variety."
There will be plenty of that this week. Training – part of which was conducted at the Olympic course in Lee Valley – has been intensive, given the nature of the waters they will race on in Wisconsin.
The Wausau whitewater slalom course is infamous for its 'big water' – demanding rapids – and will no doubt prove capricious.
Haining will be emboldened, though, having excelled during a simulation race in the GB induction camp ahead of the trip to the USA.
There is also the anticipation of success for Bradley Forbes-Cryans. A winner of the Team Cup under-16 category in Solkan, the teenager will carry a formidable reputation into the K1M-I event this week, as well as his hopes of a wildcard place for the under-23 championships next year.
"I raced for the under-23 selection and made the reserve squad," he said. "They have a wildcard system where you have to secure a place to get selected, so I have already got my wild card for next year through being a reserve."
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