Treasure Island has always been our goal throughout the season. All the previous races were benchmarks to see the progress we were making throughout the year: Arizona, regatta, Hong Kong, and sprints. We did exceptionally well in all those races and I expected nothing less from everyone at TI. Our practices became increasingly intense as the race approached. All of that paid off because all three boats, as well as our two gender boats, placed better than any other year. This proves that we are improving year after year and when the next TI rolls around, we might be able to be champions.
Our annual flash mob at TI.
On the morning of the first day, we have to get to the race site early to set up. I usually grumble at this since it was too early. However, I woke up at 4AM and I was so excited, I couldn’t get back to sleep. I got out of bed and started packing up stuff, get ready, and the most important part of my ritual is to take a morning race-day selfie. I got to the race site on time and it was already full of energy. The sky was still dark and the sun was nowhere to be seen, but people were already smiling, laughing, and running around.
As the day went on, the sun came out and the weather was perfect (for everyone else because I like to be a grump with my cloudy, overcast sky.) The day was full of excitement, fun, and food. Lots and lots of food. Our sister team, Space Dragons, were here with us and there was a lot of catching up and talking to their new members as well.
Day two had more of the same thing, but it was also finals. I hear that people are usually excited, nervous, tense, or have these other feelings during a race especially the finals, but not me. I have the mindset of meh (this is like being in a state of zen) I want us to be able to get first in every race, but at the same time I’m not going to cry over it if we don’t. I care about being able to paddle my best in each race. I know I did my best in the finals in the Furious boat. I’m pretty sure a lot of other people did too. Be honest and if you don’t think you did your best, figure out what you didn’t do so well in and improve on it.
The best part of the weekend for me was Assassin. One of the best games ever, full of deception and paranoia. When I introduced myself to someone from Space Dragons, I told them I was Alfred. Alfred did the same and said he was Ben. I also gave him a shirt that had my name on it which he wore all Sunday. I didn’t win, but it was fun being paranoid and constantly looking over my shoulders.
TI was the last race of the season and I’m extremely proud of how well we did this year. The season is over, but practice will still be going until whenever people stop coming. I won’t be going to any of those because I’ll be doing some super secret training for next year (well… not really.) We will continue to have social events and other stuff so check this website, your email, and Facebook to keep updated on those.
Excerpts from TI
“Someone better call Chris Hansen because you all were creeping throughout that race.”
All weekend Simon was yelling at me for not giving him a sandal (his right one broke). On Sunday my left one broke so I bequeathed my right, intact sandal to him.
May was carrying Eric for a picture and after a few takes he says “you’re squashing the burrito!”. I thought to myself kids these days and their nicknames for “things”… Then he actually pulled a burrito out of his pocket!