OC Testing and Flatwater Paddling

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.

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Pickering Dragon Boat Festival

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.

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Milton and Toronto Women’s Regattas (Part 1/2)

The summer’s barely started (technically it’s not even summer yet) and we’ve already had two regattas in one weekend with a third this past weekend (post about Pickering coming up eventually, probably). Going to be busy!

Last weekend was a moderately successful weekend. Iron Dragons participated in Milton, where I drummed and coached, and NDRC Women participated in the Toronto Women’s Regatta, where I steered (I was content not to paddle since paddling is really too much work).

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Boat Practices

I’ve been a bit slack with updating the blog recently, mainly from being so busy. I’ve been doing my best to update at least once a week but I didn’t manage to do that last week so I’ll try to post at least two this week.

Boat practices are now in full swing for all teams, post spring-camp (Iron Dragons and NDRC each had spring training camps during the past two weekends, respectively, which I will attempt to cover at some point in the near future).

Yesterday’s practice started out kinda cool with several people wearing different-coloured tops. We made a rainbow together!

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Photo credit: Caren, using Chris’ phone, at Sunnyside

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