I notice during our practice race what we did well and what we can improve on.
Boat 1: Start was good but toward the end we just slowed down
Boat 2: Start was weak but we finished strong (only if there were 100 more meters)
Both boats had timing issue.
Let's work on the following.
1. Focus on looking forward and watch the Stroker to match the rate. Stroke rate is very consistent so should be easy to follow even with our eyes closed.
2. We need to pay attention to inside our boat and be ready for any type of start. When we hear "paddler are you ready" we should be in ready position. Normal start call is "We have an alignment", "Paddler are you ready", "Attention", and Horn but we need to be ready for anything. Even if we have a bad start, we should be able to sync up after few strokes by watching the strokes.
3. We need to work on our endurance by working on our cardio during the week and also using proper form (Ex: rotation, leg support)
We have 2 more practice to work on this and I know we'll be ready and be successful as a team.
With that said...This week's homework is Cardio!
Can you run/jog for 3 minutes?
Bronze: 4 mph
Silver: 5 mph
Gold: 6 mph
Platinum: 7 mph
Let me know via Facebook, Blog Page, or Email with your accomplishment.
See you at the beach.
APCA Dragon Boat Team
Asian Pacific Islanders for Professional and Community Advancement
Southern California Chapter