Thursday, May 06, 2010
Dragon boat season has started! I am so excited about this. Last year, we did really good in competitions. This year we skipped a level and have advanced level coaches. They are going to kick our butt!
You don't know what dragon boating is?
Basically, it is a crew of 20 paddlers with one steer and one caller in a huge chinese boat. The teams race against each other. There are women only teams and mixed teams (8 men and 12 women). I really like the team spirit in this sport. It feels really good to accomplish something all together. To really want to win. We can race on 100, 200, 500 and 1000 metres. For a 500 metre race, our best time is 2 min. 27 sec., which is good for a women team. It might seem a short time, but believe me, it is so intense that you are completely drained after these 2 minutes. I love it!
It is a really fun and challenging sport. You don't want to let your teamates down so it pushed you through your limit. It is also getting very popular in Canada and the States. If you like being part of a team and push yourself, dragon boating might be for you!
My team last summer
A race we did