Today was originally scheduled to be the last team run of the off-season. I was a little sad, not because it was the last run, but because we didn’t have the day off because man, I really wanted to sleep in for Easter. While it was an “optional” practice, it was also “highly recommended” and I would’ve felt bad sleeping while the rest of the team was at practice.
Fortunately! Through a joint effort, Gavin was persuaded to allow us to replace the run with a different kind of activity: ultimate frisbee!
This post is a long time coming and I know it’s very late but hey, maybe it’ll be good to rekindle some of the fire from this competition in anticipation of upcoming Nationals.
TIDBRF was a weekend of huge ups and downs and the way things panned out was almost as if it were the plotline of a movie. So many emotions, it was definitely a dramatic weekend to remember.
*Spoiler alert* It was a successful weekend. 🙂 🙂 🙂
^Photo credit: Joe
^Photo credit: Desmond
Iron Dragons had OC testing two weekends ago in Pickering. It was a good mid-season test to see how people were progressing throughout the summer. I’ve helped out every year at OC testing, though I wasn’t able to this year at the beginning of the season because it took place while all the coaches were at the NDRC spring camp.
Every past season I was one of the steers, since we test in OC-2’s. But not this year! Steering is the worst. You’re essentially out all day in the sun, getting hot and flustered, and getting tired because you’re paddling all day and people testing don’t want to get too worn out so they either take it easy paddling to the start line or don’t paddle at all and you’re just stuck paddling that heavy boat alone and hating life. That was a run-on sentence.
I KNOW I’M EXTREMELY LATE WITH THIS POST AND OTHERS. PLEASE BEAR WITH ME. Note that the remainder of my conference series will be posted at some point as well.
The Pickering regatta was the second race of the season for Iron Dragons and NDRC Women, and the first race of the season for NDRC Green, Yellow, and open. A new thing this year for NDRC is the creation of two mixed teams. We put in two approximately equal teams for Pickering and it was an interesting experience. We have so many members this year that we practice with two boats, and I think it’s significantly contributed to our training improvement, as we always have some internal competition pushing each other to go hard.
I’ve had a fairly long semi-hiatus from paddling and am just coming back to it now. Out of the past 4 weeks, I’ve been out of paddling for 3 of them. One was due to our week off after TIDBRF, one due to the Gordon conference, and one due to my vacation in Montreal between Montreal Challenge and Andy’s wedding.
I’m not all that sure it’s good to be back…
This post is kind of late, seeing as the Toronto Women’s Regatta took place 3 weeks ago, but I’ve been quite behind in my blogging so please bear with me. I’m trying to get competitions done in chronological order so Pickering and TIDBRF posts will follow.
The Toronto Women’s Regatta was NDRC Women’s first regatta of the season. To my knowledge we have never participated in it before (at the very least, I haven’t), so it was a new competition to try out. It was interesting to participate in an all women’s regatta and kind of nice to see so many women’s teams in Toronto. The competition is run by Outer Harbour Senior Women and is a fundraiser for their team. It’s held at Heart Lake, in Brampton, which is a lake that, unsurprisingly, is actually shaped like a heart (it’s kind of cute, actually).
Eric is the worst.
I was going to write a post about Eric being my new favourite because he bought me a breakfast sandwich, but then he ruined it by being a brat and calling me old and fat.
So let it be known that Eric is the worst. And he is also fat. And a baby. Lily still needs to babysit her little cousin.