August 15, 2005

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York

POST #    1843

I didn't row in the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York last year, which considering how I feel after two days of races, was likely a good thing. My whole body is sore and regretting the sloth-like lifestyle that I've led in recent months. I think I'll be sore the rest of the week. This year's dragon boat festival was insanely hot. Saturday, I thought I was going to throw up after my first race. I'm not sure if it was from the exertion or the heat, but it wasn't pleasant. Sunday was much better, but still unpleasantly hot. How did we do? Not good. In the four races I was in, we came in last, last, last and...last.

It's interesting, competing in a boat where you know there's no chance of winning, in a boat where, people aren't even trying to win, a boat with a loser's mentality. Now, I'm not a really competitive person, but being in a boat like that sucks. I'm sure Calvin can attest to that. I think that when other teams saw one of our boats in their heat, they knew it would be that much easier. They would have a bigger chance of advancing out of our heat. When you've got four teams in a heat and the top two advance, everyone knows there are really only three boats competing.

So Calvin and I rowed in 4 races and we were in dead last each time. There might have been one race when we crossed the finish line within a boat length of the winner. Imagine how frustrating that is. Then again, some our competitors actually practice. Not for a few hours twice before race day, but for half a year. They take racing seriously. While it's cool to have fun while you're rowing - after all, that's what it's about in the end (so say the losers) - it's also good to be disciplined and professional. Discipline and professionalism, two more things our boats lacked.

But better luck next year, right? Maybe next year, if we row, Calvin can stock a boat full of his friends. People with an ounce (I think I have at least an ounce) of athleticism and competitive sprit. People that understand that winning is okay and coming in last isn't always mandatory.

Posted by tien mao in Sports at 7:29 AM



Wow, last in all 4 races? I must say, that's pretty discouraging. Did your team conduct regular practices? I've heard that some teams are fanatical about practice.

Posted by: Rocknrope at August 15, 2005 1:54 PM

ha! regular practices. there were two on the weekends prior to this past one, but i wasn't there for either. not sure how many people actually went.

Posted by: tien [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 15, 2005 2:06 PM

about 15 people total went to the two practices. perhaps we should start scouting for next year's team now.

Posted by: calvin at August 15, 2005 2:40 PM

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