After a long hiatus, here is a blog post.
We had our first fit test of the 2017-2018 season a couple Thursdays ago at A4A. It was really more of a baseline test, as none of our subsequent tests will resemble it in any way. The point was to give our recruits (and vets) a general idea of where they stand compared to everybody else and to see what they might need to work or focus on.
I have a new phone! It has been two years since I changed phones, so it was time for a new one.
I would normally include a picture of said new item, but unfortunately I take pictures using my phone and I can’t take a picture of my new phone with my new phone so you will have to make do with imagining it. It is black and rectangular with rounded corners and has a black cover with a newspaper-themed picture of skyscrapers on the back.
Today Yesterday, Dragon Boat Canada held a town hall meeting where they introduced the central region committee members and explained the general workings of DBC. I learned that the central region includes not only Ontario, but also Nunavut. Did you know that?
My blogging has fallen shamelessly off the bandwagon and was stressing me out because I felt pressured to post when I was feeling lazy so I have decided to only post sporadically when I feel like it and thus not have to feel guilty about neglecting it.
I felt like today warranted a post and I’m going to write it right away so I don’t procrastinate and then forget about it and then never ending up actually posting it.
Today we had our final off-season fit test before the water season starts!
Monica has converted me.
At least for a little while.
She downloaded this app called MyFitnessPal that tracks calories in/out (food, exercise, etc.) and I thought it was really interesting. It has quite an extensive arsenal of brands and foods (though not so much for exercise). I finally decided to install it and try it out for several reasons, one of those reasons being I was interested in seeing how my food and daily activities pan out numerically. Another reason is I kind of want to lose weight because pullups and endurance bench are so much easier at lighter weights (Marcella has to lift nothing!) and exercise hasn’t been doing it for me (ugh, cardio!) and diet is supposed to be the way to go for that anyway. Though I consider myself somewhat reasonably fit, I do have unnecessary fat I could afford to get rid of. Plus, I probably do eat too much normally anyway (I eat a lot).
Today was our first NDRC water practice of the year. We had almost two full boats (I think 17 paddlers per boat, plus two steers), so I think that set off a nice tone for the rest of the season.
I had originally expected it to be quite cold, as it was forecast to be 3 degrees (feels like -1 with the windchill), but it was actually not that bad. It did look relatively windy, though, so I really did not want to sit up in front since the front gets super wet, particularly on windy days. I’m usually up at the front, somewhere in the seat 1-2 range so I normally would’ve headed to that area, but I was not in the mood today. So I snuck around to the back of the boat and sat in seat 9. I’m pretty sure Justin judged me. He and Brian ended up pacing our boat, which was perfectly fine since both of them are pacers anyway.
It’s my birthday in two days! I decided to have two birthday dinners to celebrate, one with each of my dragon boat families. Today was the first one, with NDRC, which was held at Dragon Pearl. Dragon Pearl is one of my favourite buffets and I super recommend it. It’s so fancy and has a ton of variety. So basically today was the first of two fat days because going to a buffet means eating as much as you can because you’re Asian and want to get your money’s worth.