Posts Tagged ‘dragonboating’

Your pride can be your companion

It’s almost 12:30 AM and I should have been in bed over an hour ago, but a late night gaming session with the boys followed by a reluctance to sleep early has me writing this before I forget.

I don’t think I’ve really pushed my body as hard as I have until this year. I’ve finally recovered from the nagging injuries that I got from dragonboating and now I’m faced with the prospects of shutting it down for a while in terms of my marathon training thanks to an annoying achilles tendon injury.

The latter is scaring me right now.

I’m hoping I’ll be OK after a week or two of rest, but thanks to me playing internet doctor while surfing WebMD, I’m starting to think this might be a long term thing. I really had my sights set for running the marathon in May, and if it turns out that I won’t be ready by then, then it’s going to be a painful year of waiting before I can tackle it again.

Another thing that’s going to put a slight wrench into my plans is the fact that I’m returning to dragonboating. In our exit meeting last September, our coach expressed his disappointment in our commitment, and so this upcoming season might rob me of even more of my time from not only running but also my social life. The idea of dragonboating and running six times a week is terrifying, and it was something I ended up doing this past September, so I’m not sure how long this is going to last.

This might also be my last season not only with the team but dragonboating in general. I’m not sure if I really have the energy to get up on Saturday mornings and paddle in the rain anymore. I will also love the sport that I basically grew up with, but after the past season it has me wondering how much left I have in the tank.

Whatever happens, I just hope to have every piece of my body functioning as it should.

Posted: October 29th, 2012
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No lullaby for me

Still up at 4 in the morning, so I’ll spend some time here.

  • Thanks to all who wished me well on my birthday this weekend. If there’s one thing I’ve learned throughout the years, it’s to treasure and never take for granted the friends you have. I feel blessed knowing that there are those who are willing to stand behind me, and on Sunday that belief was validated.
  • If some of you have been wondering, the event that myself and countless other interns through the year, through all the setbacks and postponements, has been officially cancelled. My former CEO made the announcement on her Facebook and also declared her foundation dead. Despite being one of the worst bosses I’ve ever worked for, I hold no grudges against her. I guess I’m a little sad that it’s over for her, which is a strange feeling considering her treatment of the interns during our time there. There’s just something about seeing everything fall around someone that is deserving of my sympathy. I wouldn’t be surprised if she just fell off the map completely with the fallout that ensued shortly after the announcement.
  • I really couldn’t imagine myself being in this position at this point in my life. I was lucky with the internship earlier, but trying to find something that actually pays is a bit more challenging than I thought it would. I’m already considering more schooling in the fall, which is something I really don’t want to do, but when you’re faced with a job market that’s way too small to accommodate the amount of people in this city in similar situations, it’s a challenge to even be noticed. The only silver lining is that I’m still relatively young, so set backs like these aren’t going to kill me. But in the mean time, the only thing I can do is hope someone takes a chance on me.
  • The one thing I can never understand is when someone says they miss unemployment. Really? Someone actually said that to me, and it still baffles me weeks later.
  • Blink 182 told me to stay young. Jimmy Eat World taught me that ‘even at 25 we gotta start sometime.’ Jack Johnson and Coldplay taught me about love. The Gaslight Anthem showed me that it’s OK to suffer, while The Bouncing Souls showed me that there will be better days.
  • A month into the new dragon boating season and one thing’s for sure, I feel like a first year paddler all over again. But I made the decision to join a more competitive team, went into it knowing that I would get rocked by a tougher coach and being alongside better and stronger paddlers. All of a sudden, I find myself being the mouse on the team. But that’s OK, because I feel like I’m being challenged for the first time in years.
  • Endure.
Posted: February 8th, 2012
Categories: Late Night Blurbs, Life, Randomness
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I can’t seem to string together an actual post these days. I probably have A.D.D., judging from the amount of incomplete drafts I’ve compiled on my blogging dashboard. That’s why this update will be in point form, because a) I have no focus but at the same time b) I realize it’s time I need to make an update with some actual substance.

  • Alcan starts tomorrow, and from talking with some veterans on the team it seems like the season is starting to fall apart. But I knew this year was going to be tough. Roughly a quarter of our core from last year returned, the rest filled with first time paddlers or paddlers that were away from the sport for some time. We’ve been reduced to being a team that used to be in the higher echelon of the dragon boat community to a much lower ranked team. I think what’s annoyed me the most was that we’ve lost so much of our crew from previous years. I don’t mind the failures that this team will probably endure in the next couple of months, but the personnel loss hurts. We lost good people that made the past couple of years enjoyable. Not to say that any of the new members recruited were awful, but when you only have a few returning members come back, the cohesion and chemistry of the team isn’t as strong and the culture that determines a successful and fun team isn’t there anymore. But these are things I can’t really think about now. We need to endure and believe, and sometimes believing is enough of a push to achieve some success – small or large. While many of our crew is inexperienced, I believe we can make up for it in the fact that we can still pull through when the pressure’s on. There will be a lot of that tomorrow and on Sunday. After this weekend, we’ll see what this year’s version of Red Fusion is made of. Sorry if this isn’t making any sense… I’m tired and that isn’t really conducive to me writing something the least bit inspirational or deep. Blagh.
  • It’s been almost a year and I think I’m ready to move on. I’ve said that so many times, and I just hope it stick now. It’s just not worth the pain anymore.
  • I’m enjoying my summer for once. I feel as if I’m accomplishing things and making the most of the free time I’ve got. Doing new things, experimenting, being reacquainted with old and new friends, and staying the eff away from World of Warcraft. Gah, what a waste of time that was.
  • I don’t know why, but I’ve started experimenting with cologne. So far everything smells bad on me except for a nice bottle from Ralph Lauren. It was the only one that I tried today that didn’t make Sammie T. sneeze or forced Bryan to make disgusted faces at me. For some reason I still smell like that Diesel cologne after a thorough shower and washing of my arms.
  • New headphones. Yay or nay?
  • iPhone or an Android phone? The choices…

Aaaaaand I think I’m done. Adios.

Posted: June 18th, 2010
Categories: Life, Randomness
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