let it run!

imagethe culmination of our week-long dragon boat camp was a 2k race among nine crews / great opportunity for us to apply what we learned \ we had 17 out of a typical full boat of 20 paddlers & was heavily gender unbalanced <not true race conditions> / don’t know our final time yet but coach said we likely broke our goal of 11:30

day 4 | dragon boat camp


by the afternoon of our first day on the water, my paddling had already improved / that is how effective coach albert is to me as an individual & i think for the team as well \ i can certainly abide by “relax during recovery” / and agree that there is tremendous power with the heel-core connection in paddling \ as a rower, i understand the power of the legs-core-back / one thing new to me is the function of the back bench in a dragon boat \ just as my position in the rowing shell is as one of bow pair, on the dragon boat i am one of bench 10 pair < in both sports, small people are the best fit at the back > in dragon boating, the back benches <back 4 or back 6> are used if the coach|steerer wants an extra push or surge such as in a race or here at camp when we had side-by-side drills with another boat <we’re not competitive 🙂 >

today was another great day <beautiful weather-wise as well> | we covered about 10k with very short breaks between 1 to 4 minute stretches on the dragon boat \ then a few of us went to the channel on the OC2 <2-person outrigger canoe> \ this is how dragon boaters can practice on their own or with a partner / much like 1- or 2-person sculling in rowing \ paddling on an OC is much easier than on a dragon boat / because the paddle blade is wider & angled, i found the effort to make a good stroke so much easier | no need to stretch as much because the blade is already angled to give momentum \ it is also less straining because paddlers change sides by calling “hut-hoe” / after a few missteps, my partner & i learned to turn the OC2 effectively 🙂

tomorrow, again we get videotaped, reviewed, and provided with individual help \ the camp ends on saturday with a 2k race | definitely looking forward to that!

pittsburgh paddlefish videos from camp!



more fun @universal studios


one of the things we will remember from this trip is the ginormous, yummy smoked turkey leg peddled around the theme parks | for ten bucks, one leg fed four people / can’t beat that in a tourist trap! \ we also enjoyed the horror make-up show by a make-up artist who could be a standup comic

fun @harry potter’s world

harry potter theme parkuniversal did a great job of replicating harry potter’s world / would have been great if there wasn’t a crowd \ but the architecture & artifacts made up for the maddening crowd / we retreated to the other park <universal  studios> for more make-believe


dragon boat camp

imagetoday is the first day of pittsburgh paddlefish’s week-long dragon boat camp in indian harbor beach, florida / we have a very strategic coach who’s also a good motivator \ that’s a great combination & works well with me \ “paddle like a poet, not like a lumberjack” <coach albert>