For the third year in a row I got the chance to compete in the Lethbridge Rotary Dragon Boat Festival. This year I raced with the City of Lethbridge team Dragon R’ Butz. We got off to a really rocky start on Saturday, 2:42 in the first race then something like 2:54 in the second. I got worried, even though I do this for the fun I can’t suppress my inner competitive athlete.
Since the team was made of a lot of City employees we strategized after each race and discussed went well and what didn’t. We figured the problem was that we were doing too many Power 10′s and the lead paddlers were going to fast (oops!).
On Day 2 we decided to have no more than two Power 10′s in a race and to have the whole team yell “Reach. It. Out.” during the race to keep us all on track.
Boy did that ever work! We got down to 2:33:94 in the first race of the second day! Who-hoo! We found a strategy that worked. We ended up in the “C” division medal race. While waiting in the marshalling area the other teams (including the University and ATB) were singing their chants and cheers. We remained silent. I dubbed us “the silent, serious killers.” We quietly got onto our boat and paddled out.
When the race started we stuck to the original strategy; no more than two Power 10′s and “Reach. It. Out.” It worked for us because we came in first! Gold! With a time of 32:36:44 we had won by 3 seconds. I was very excited, my inner competitiveness could rejoice, we won the gold!
It was another great festival. It was super hot the whole time, there were a ton of great enthusiastic teams, and the entertainment was great. I love this festival and I hope that I’ll be competing in it every year until I’m 80!
So I am a huge nerd and I totally watched Kate and Will compete against each other in dragon boat at work today.
They were supposed to be steering for their teams, but Will decided to paddle and when Kate saw that she opted to paddle too.
The race was on Dalvay Lake, Prince Edward Island, along a 200ft course.
Will’s team beat Kates team by a third of a boat’s length ahead. Mainly because Kate’s team could not get in sync to save their lives! A couple of times Kate was off and her strokes were kind of shallow, not deep and strong enough.
It was still so much fun to watch and I love Kate, and have since 2007 when I saw pics of her dragon boating for The Sisterhood.
Read more: http://www.mirror.co.uk/most-popular/headlines/2011/07/04/prince-william-beats-kate-middleton-in-dragon-boat-race-115875-23247610/#ixzz1RAKErTMd
She started off steering until she saw Will paddling
Notice how off they were?
Kate dressed so chic for her race
Unlike me who dressed like a hobo. *sigh*
What a fun and exhausting weekend! It was the Lethbridge Dragon Boat Festival and my second year racing. This year, I dragged my boyfriend and little brother into doing it with me. First off, both our morning races were early in the morning. We had to be up before seven both Saturday and Sunday- no bueno.
The only picture I have so far. I'll post more as my teammates start sharing them.
Our times Saturday were:
- First race- 2:41
- Second race- 2:34
Our times Sunday were:
- Semi Final Race- 2:31 (first place)
- Final Race- 2:37 (3rd place)
So we wound up coming in third in ‘D’ division and winning a bronze medal. I would have been more stoked if we hadn’t lost by seven seconds to the Boys and Girls Club!!! That’s right, our adult team was destoyed by a group of pre-teens! Mind you, their boat weighed half of everyone else’s… right? Ha!
But it was a great weekend with good music, food and vendors. And even though we got poured on all day Sunday, it was a good time. I’ll definitely be there next year, don’t know if my boyfriend and brother will be though. Ha ha.
I have GOT to stop going out in public without make up! Damn bf making me feel pretty without it. Lol!
Ben and I donned dragon tattoos for good luck
Enjoyed watching belly dancers
Enjoying live music on Saturday- the nice day
Ben and I hit up Henderson Lake yesterday in the rain to get in a paddling practice for Dragonboat. I LOVE this sport. I did it last year and recruited Ben and Ryan for this year. Races are next weekend.
Ben enjoyed his first paddle session
We got rained on the whole session
It's fun that I get to share this experience with my little brother