Dragon Boats

Yesterday I got my first taste of Dragon Boat racing.

Portland Dragon Boat on the Willamette River

My company sponsors a team, and I was lucky enough to be shown the ropes by some seasoned rowers! My initial takeaways were these two lessons:

  1. I am severely lacking in upper body strength. 
  2. I also seem to lack a natural sense of rhythm.

Now, neither of these facts are likely to surprise anyone who knows me. While my teammates were very patient, I couldn’t help but be a little embarrassed by my oar clunking against the boat or my teammates’ oars. It’s pretty obvious when you aren’t rowing in formation.

That being said, it was a terrific workout, a beautiful day, and a pretty great way to bond with colleagues. I’m going to have to give it another shot…just as soon as I’m able to lift my arms above my head again!