Canoeing: Kiwi Lisa Carrington plotting downfall of powerhouse Hungarians

After one of her most successful years, Kiwi kayaking sensation Lisa Carrington is back home.

An incredible four medals at the recent canoe sprint world champs in Portugal continued her lengthy run of success.

But while the 29-year-old's doing her best to relax, taking her dominance to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics isn't far from her mind. 

"I'm just enjoying it and then, over the next few weeks, figure out how we're going to move forward and progress," Carrington told Newshub.

Her seamless shift into the team boats helped New Zealand to its best haul at the worlds, finishing with six medals, including Carrington's gold and silver in the single seat.

Taking down the sports' traditional powerhouse is the next challenge.

"I think we're really challenged by Hungary," she says. "They're the best kayaking nation in the world, so it's really cool to be able to push them."

Adjusting to the team boats is keeping her on her toes.

"It does present new challenges and it does help me with that freshness in the K1 as well."

While Carrington hasn't been beaten in a major final of the K-One 200 since 20-11 ... she's not resting on her laurels.

"I'm definitely not the type of person that gets complacent anyway," she says. "It's good to have all those aspects to keep pushing and growing, and I guess finding new areas that I can be better in."

For now, though, she's enjoying putting her feet up.

"It's just been relaxed and completely wind down, because the next two years are going to be really big.

Even when she's off the water, the Tokyo Olympics is never far from her mind.