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The Drummer Must Really “Feel” The Dragon Boat!

Loreli In Drummer SeatIn one of my first blog posts in the series - "My Journey To The Club Crew World Dragon Boat Championships" - I alluded to the fact that I had quite the learning curve to prepare for the races in Italy.

I understood what it meant to "feel the boat", but I really didn't actually "FEEL" the dragon boat.  Sure it was moving and of course the paddlers were paddling hard, but along the course I needed to hone my skills and "feel" the boat as it "sank" (not really) or maybe "bumped" or just the feeling of "slogging along".

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Victoria Dragon Boat Festival Is Done – Now We Focus On The ‘Taper’

Dragon Boat Racing - Victoria, BC

That's us, with me in the Drummer's seat, in Boat #2.

Today is the "day after" a busy weekend of competing in the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival.  This wasn't only our last festival before we compete in the World Club Crew Championships.  Victoria is also our "home turf" Festival and one of my most favourite festivals of all time.  I've competed in the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival for over 10 years, on several different teams, and every year it's been a great experience as a paddler.

This year, it was really great to once again see so many familiar faces, from the many different clubs around the city, and to race against many of my friends and past crew mates.

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Cut Out The Distractions and Focus on Your Goals!

FocusIn preparation for heading to Italy for the Club Crew World Dragon Boat Championships, we've been told to "Cut out the distractions and focus on your goals!"  These words hit home the other week when Tom Arnold, our head coach at the Vancouver Island Paddling Club, told us that in a huddle just before we went out on the water for a practice.  I immediately thought of this acronym for the word "focus"  -  F.O.C.U.S - Forget Obstacles - Concentrate on Unbelievable Success.

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My Journey to the Club Crew World Dragon Boat Championships

Gorging Dragons - CroppedI'm going to Italy!  The countdown is on, only 14 more days and we're on our way!  Why am I going you ask?  Well, the wine, history and scenery are certainly on my agenda.  But, that's not the whole reason.  I'm on a team that's headed to the Club Crew World Dragon Boat Championships that are being held in Ravenna, Italy.  There's actually four teams going from the Vancouver Island Paddling Club and, to be able to represent Canada and our Club Crew, each of these teams had to first do well in a National qualifying event.  These crews did that last year, when the Nationals were held here in Victoria, BC, on beautiful Elk Lake.

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Please – Don’t Race As A “Bandit” Runner!

Crossing FinishThis past weekend, I went out and supported my younger brother in his first ever marathon race, the 2013 Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon.  That's him in the picture crossing the finish line.  He did awesome!  He rocked that run!  He’d trained and planned for this run for a long time and it was really great to be able to watch him complete such a milestone.  I was proud!

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