|LARD Black||500m Mixed||3rd Div A Semi-finals||2:16.569|
|LARD Red||500m Mixed||1st Div C Finals||2:24.436|
|LARD White||500m Mixed||3rd Div C Semi-finals||2:36.912|
|LARD Black||200m Mixed||1st Div A Finals||0:53.441|
|LARD Red||200m Mixed||2nd Div C Finals||0:59.331|
|LARD White||200m Mixed||4th Div B Semi-finals||1:03.098|
What a fantastic Baby Long Beach weekend!
Scott Wu (March 29, 2014)
Going into Baby LB, the coaching staff was very interested in seeing the team's progress in terms of working towards our 2014 race targets. The coaches wanted to see the best you as an individual and you as a team had to offer early in the 2014 season.
We were very pleasantly surprised in where we are now as a team and where we can go as a team.You heard this last weekend - give the team your best effort and the placing will take care of itself. And it did.
Regardless of what boat you paddled, steered, or called in, I believe all of you gave your teammates your best effort possible. As a coach and teammate, I thank you for that. As a coach, I know that we can make your best even better in the coming months.
As we progress through the season, races will get tighter, boats will be faster, and athletes will get stronger. It's time to figure out what you want to do as an individual paddler. There are two (2) avenues to take and neither is inherently better or worse than the other. Option 1 - recreational paddler or Option 2 - competitive paddler. The beauty of our team is that we can accommodate both types of paddlers.
If you choose Option 1, continue along your path. Work on your technique and physical fitness. Enjoy your teammates and figure out what you can do to better the team - be it off or on the boat - and do it.
If you choose Option 2, you essentially choose Option 1 above AND you need to do everything you can to better yourself as a paddler. You need to hone your technique, physical fitness, and mental toughness.
Technique, although is important, is not even half of the equation. Technique can only be developed so far in a dragon boat. You need to get out on smaller boats to truly feel how your paddling action affects a boat. If smaller boats are not readily accessible, we can work with you on the ergometer. You should pay particular attention to video analysis of your paddling action and when analysis is offered, accept that offer. We are not here to dress you down but to build you up. I am encouraged by the FB posts of members paddling oc1 on their own initiative, I will also be leading a group of oc1 paddlers most Saturday mornings before practice.
Physical fitness is a large part of the competitive paddler equation. You must do everything you can to make sure you are in peak paddling shape for our Target Races. Showing up for practice is not enough. You need to venture out on your own during the week and conduct workouts that are relevant to paddling a dragon boat as fast as you can along a 500m and 200m course. Remember, you are training to go as hard as you can for 2 minutes - you are not training to run the LA Marathon. Talk to the coaches regarding workouts and principles surrounding how to prepare physically for dragon boat racing.
Mental toughness is often overlooked in competitive racing. This is a critical component for a competitive paddler. Dragon boat racing, when done correctly, is inherently uncomfortable and painful. What you do in your mind when fatigue, doubt, and fear set in is critical to your performance as a paddler. Think about how you approach races mentally and how you feel during a race. What do the voices say? What can you do to make those voices say things that optimize your performance?
Again, there's nothing inherently wrong with Option 1 or Option 2 but what is inherently wrong is categorizing yourself as one type of paddler and conducting yourself as another.
I can't wait to get to work.
I hope to see you all soon.
What a fantastic Baby Long Beach weekend!
Kenny Kim (March 29, 2014)
Long Beach Spring Race, or Baby Long Beach as we like to call it, is always a busy race and this time was no different with one small exception. We had three squads to manage and a new grid system that made it impossible to prepare for the next race until the last minute.
This might be boring to some of you, but what made this race especially difficult in terms of management was the new grid. I even had to explain how it worked to several other teams while we were waiting for results from the race officials. So here’s how it worked. You would have 10 race heats with ever team racing once. Afterwards, you would take each place winner and rank them by time. So all the first place winners from the ten heats would all duke it out in Division A semis. If you were first. Predicting the next heat was relatively easy. If you were third or fourth, you had no choice but to wait until all ten heats were run to calculate what place you were exactly so you could determine Div C or Div D.
So how would that make things complicated? This race we did not have any dedicated steerers, and only one dedicated caller. This meant if we were unlucky, which we were, we would have Red and White racing in the same heat and have to find enough callers/steerers from Black to fill those positions. Thankfully we never had the worst case scenario of two of our squads in one heat and the third in the following. If that happened we would have needed to borrow a caller/steerer from another boat.
Okay enough of that blather.
things we should do better next time