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3rd Annual San Diego Race | Oct 20-21

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Squad Division Place
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LARD A Festival 250 Mixed 10 2nd 1.22.72
LARD 1 Festival 250 Mixed 10 19th 1.36.60
LARD Festival 250 Women 10 5th 1.39.85
LARD 1 Festival 250 Open 10 9th 1.32.63
LARD A Festival 250 Open 10 4th 1.23.35
LARD A Festival 500 Mixed 20 B Div 4th 2.43.35


Racesite

Windy, chilly and damp

Doug Nyland (Oct 26, 2012)

Midboat

Saturday my brother and I were in San Diego, hanging out with our dad in the hospital. We took a break to have some lunch, clear our heads and head over to watch LARD compete at the San Diego Dragon Boat Festival. How convenient for my dad to move to an ICU just 7 minutes away!

Just like it was taken from a script, the weather was windy, chilly and damp. Wet earlier in the day, but just damp by the time I got there. Most everybody was hugging themselves and swaying, running in place or some other mode of thermal production. I, on the other hand, was quite warm and comfortable and did my best to tell.

Wearing jeans and a sweater, and not shorts and a LARD shirt, was like being wrapped in an invisibility cloak. LARDies walked right by me, some, even after looking right at me! I'd call their name and they would look at me as if I'd just materialized! "Doug!"

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I know the 10 man boats are heavy to start but that water looked lake-heavy and I'm sure it felt the same. The stand-out moment of the short time I was there was the open final (which included a few ladies). 2 of the other boats had a considerably faster stroke than LARD and by the halfway point, I was worried, with hands over my face. At about 3/4 of the way, that beautiful surge ignited as LARD pulled away from everyone to take 1st!

I want to thank everyone for a great season! We really challenged and supported one another! Let's do it bigger in 2013! Cheers to the coaches, the captains, the directors, the committees, everyone who helps out in all the big, little and invisible ways. (including all the far-flung LARDies cheering for us).

I didn't race in SD, but it felt so good to be there with my LARD family to close it out.





Paddle your hearts out

Scott Wu (Oct 29, 2012)

Taichi

What a difference a year makes. Last year, San Diego was LARD's most important target race of the year. If we succeeded, we would represent the West Coast of the USA at the 2012 Club Crew World Championships in Hong Kong. We all know how that turned out (we dominated).

This year, San Diego was a fun race for us. After starting the season early in preparation for the Club Crew Championships, San Diego was our fun race to wind down a long and challenging season. There were no time trials for this race. LARD Red and Black would not make an appearance but in their places was LARD A and LARD 1.

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As I told all in attendance over the weekend, I was very impressed, even shocked, at how well the boats ran. There were very few timing and rate issues over the weekend. We put together some solid pieces.

Crappy weather and mismatched boats didn't stop any of you from paddling your hearts out - just as you did the entire year. As a coach and competitive paddler all I can ask for on race day is 100% focus and effort from those in attendance and that is exactly what all in attendance gave. We couldn't have asked for a better way to finish the season.

So for now, rest up. Get out on the oc1s and make yourself better for next year. Our community is getting better and faster and they will not slow down for us. We'll have new goals in place and I hope to see both familiar and new faces next season.

Out (for now).



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Win Each Moment

Tabitha Huang (Oct 30, 2012)

Smile

It’s amazing how fast a year flies by. Why just last year in San Diego, LARD qualified for CCWC in Hong Kong. Fast forward to this past October and we were paddling for our last race for the 2012 season. Although this wasn’t our target race it was nice to close the long and challenging racing season with a fun race. It may have been a chilly, drizzly weekend in San Diego but it definitely beats the heat and humidity of Hong Kong. It’s been a tough season both mentally and physically but like all great athletes you need to struggle and suffer before you can achieve greatness. Going to San Diego knowing it was the last race for the season reminded me of the San Francisco Giants going to the playoffs and facing elimination during the first two rounds. It’s that bittersweet feeling of having the season end and realizing that the next race won’t occur until next spring in Tempe.


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Philsbbq

If you had one race left, how would you want to end your season? Well, for me it was tough because I could feel the fatigue in my body and mind. Even I wasn’t sure I had one more race in me. But then one day, I found a moving speech Hunter Pence (Giants outfielder) gave to his fellow teammates when they were one game away from going home during the NLDS (that didn’t happen since they won the World Series). “Get in here, everyone get in here… look into each other’s eyes… now! Look into each other’s eyes, I want one more day with you, it’s the most fun, the best team I have ever been on. No matter what happens we must not give in, we owe it to each other, play for each other, I need one more day with you guys… play for each other not yourself, win each moment, win each inning, it’s all we have left.”

Tab
Now we don’t have innings in dragonboat but if you substitute it with the word “race” then it can be used for paddlers. The overall message can be applied to all team sports about going on this journey as one, not knowing where and when it ends. It’s been one hell of a year and I want to thank the coaches, directors, and my co-captain, Crystal for all of their hard work and dedication.

Paddle for your team and the jersey you wear on your back. Honor the sport and the sport honors you. Win each moment.



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A bitter sweet ending

Crystal Wang (Oct 30, 2012)

Mustache

Ok… maybe not so bitter, but I sure didn’t like all that rain. =(

This was my last race as team captain and I got a little sad when I was packing up my car for the last time. The team does not travel light! I carpooled down to Sandy Eggo with my sister and got there just after 9. The hotel was very stylish and modern; a definite upgrade from the years before.

The races on Saturday went by in a blur. I was given the “honor” to call every single race that we had. Toward the end of the day, all the 250 meter races started to blur together. I didn’t know which boat I was calling for..1, A, Open, Women? We went back to the hotel with our medals and ready to chow down on some Mexican food. There was a bit of a wait to get seated but it was well worth it. The food was great and the Grande drinks were even better!

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You wouldn’t believe it but there was actually some sunshine on Sunday before the down pour hit in the afternoon. I took the opportunity to do a little yoga. Justin Chi joined me and we ended up messing around trying to do inversions and head stands. After the rain, I was just miserable, cold and wet. I couldn’t wait until we finished the championship races and head out for Phil’s BBQ! After a bit of a wait we all sat down and ended the season in LARD fashion… we stuffed our faces with BBQ. Until next season!



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Who me, stroke?

Matt Najera (Oct 30, 2012)

Ottobomb

The San Diego race was the last race of the 2012 season for me. It was a fun race to wind down the grueling schedule of racing in pressure packed situations. For this one, no pressure at all. Yet what surprised me was the focus to still strive for a perfect piece. It shows that we are always racing with integrity. To the best of our ability no matter how "fun" the race is.

Matt

This race was actually kind of nerve wracking for me because it was also the first one where I was stroking a race. Stroking in general is not new to me but I have always done it at practices with no pressure. This race I stroked one of the men's boats and the standard mixed boat. It definitely was exhilarating yet stressful that the entire boat was going to be relying on me and my partner. One of my goals in my paddling lifetime achieved :). I was so happy when the coaches said that for the most part there were no rate or timing issues. That means I've done my job and the actual race pieces weren't a cluster f&%#, lol. All in all, a good race to end the year. More laid back but still focused on producing a good piece. Oh and the pho soup and pork lao sausage offered at one of the race site vendors were awesome. Damn good food especially considering the re-occuring cold and rainy weather.



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DRAMATIC HEAD-NOD

Jeremy Wong (Oct 30, 2012)

Ok, maybe that was 2.5 words. San Diego was my first race where I sorta steered full-time for LARD. never steered a day's worth of 10-man boats, much less a weekend full with a team since 2006. A few communication snafu's aside, it was a great experience. Just timing the finishes with a simple nod to Crystal (Wang) reminded me of Family Guy's parody on Return of the Jedi:



Most people think, "Oh, 10-person boats are half the weight of 20-person ones." That is probably the biggest myth ever. If anything boats feel just as heavy and even tipsier. However, I love the fact that I can turn on a dime, so lining up was never an issue. KGB Nick's last minute observation that positioning as close to Lane 1 would yield better times led to some of the most aggressive and powerful pieces I've steered in a long time.

Ottocold

Also we literally marshalled boats within a heat of each other, San Diego provided enough excitement to end the season off right. I was shocked to find Sunday's end time at 2pm, but that meant plenty of time to visit Phil's BBQ and still get back by 7PM. Oh, the classic look on Phil's face everytime he thought we were going to have a BBQ at his place...



Trophies


Leon's Closing Speech from Philip Sun on Vimeo.

Group

LARD 1- OPEN

Boucher, Richard
Chavez, Christopher
Leung, William
Lucero, Butch
Mar, Taylor
Najera, Matthew
Tarn, Jeffrey
Ting, William
Wong, Jeremy
Wu, Paul

LARD 1- MIXED

Boucher, Richard
Chavez, Christopher
Huang, Tabitha
Kropke-Gay, Kristine
Leung, William
Lucero, Butch
Mar, Taylor
Najera, Matthew
Razo, Lynda
Schmid, Cheryl
Tarn, Jeffrey
Ting, William
Tran, Clara
Wu, Paul

LARD A- OPEN

Chekmizoff, Nicholas
Chi, Justin
Kris
Fong, Aaron
Gee, Dan
Jan, Otto
Kimura, Keith
Wu, Scott
Wang, Karen
Skelton ,Lori

LARD A- MIXED

Chekmizoff, Nicholas
Chen, Crystal
Cheng, Karen
Chi, Justin
Kris
Fong, Aaron
Gee, Dan
Jan, Otto
Kimura, Keith
Skelton, Lori
Wang, Karen
Wu, Scott

LARD WOMEN

Chen, Crystal
Cheng, Karen
Huang, Tabitha
Kropke-Gay, Kristine
McCabe, Diane
Razo, Lynda
Schmid, Cheryl
Skelton, Lori
Tran, Clara
Wang, Karen

LARD MIXED STANDARD

Boucher, Richard
Chao, Vincent
Chavez, Christopher
Chen, Crystal
Cheng, Karen
Chi, Justin
Kris
Fong, Aaron
Gee, Dan
Kropke-Gay, Kristine
Leung, William
Lucero, Butch
Mar, Taylor
Najera, Matt
Schmid, Cheryl
Skelton, Lori
Tarn, Jeffrey
Ting, William
Tran, Clara
Wang, Karen
Wong, Jeremy
Wu, Paul