I went dragon boating yesterday. Being on the water with 19 others in a boat race with splashing water was very organic and athletic. I even learned dragon boat lingo like “bow” and “stern” and tricky ones like “brace the boat” and “let it run” – the meanings of which I quickly forgot, but at least I can talk the language when I hang out with seasoned dragon boaters.
Since we were all novices, we spent time practicing how to stroke in harmony to a 1-2-3-4 count, which was a lot of fun because we were moving very fast and splashing each other and laughing while learning numbers. Unfortunately for me by the time race time I was exhausted (note to self, take it easy during the practice).
The race itself was fast, and yet seemed to last forever. After what seemed like an eternity of strokes, I looked up and saw that we were not even halfway to the finish line. My arms were burning. As I concentrated on the call of the stroke I had a flashback to the movie Ben Hur where the slaves in the bottom of the an ancient Roman warship were rowing like mad to the beat of a big drum. During a battle the drummer yelled out: “Attack Speed!” (fast!) then “Ramming Speed!” (really really fast!) – they frantically kept the pace, then fell over exhausted.
Sometime during the race our caller started counting backwards from 10, which to me indicated that when we got to zero we would be at the finish line. Not so. When we got to zero the count started at 10 again, and so it went until finally, yes finally we made it to the finish line. I fell over exhausted….but was revived by the exhilaration of accomplishment and teamwork, and oh yes the smell of hamburgers cooking on the shoreline barbeques.
So what kind of weather is paddling our way this weekend?
Friday: Mostly cloudy in the a.m. with a gradual clearing by late afternoon. Breezy all day. Highs of 18 C.
Saturday: Mostly sunny with some thin cloud hazing things out. Winds light with highs of 21 C.
Sunday: A thin cloud layer for most of the day, so expect a hazy sun. Winds light with highs of 22 C.
This weekend, I’m slowing the count.