1. Feb

    04

    Starting Season 14 Right

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    Season 14 officially started two weeks ago with a bright and sunny practice on Saturday and then our first social events with the season kick-off meeting at Sports Basement and bowling at Classic Bowl. It was a good opportunity for some of us to see each other again after disappearing for months in the off season.

    Going back a week, the seventh episode of the Ripple Lounge is out. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUnZdMgFAro
    In the two month hiatus away from it, I’ve thought about where to take the show (if you can call it that). I’ll continue to talk and interview people on about themselves, random topics, and sometimes serious subjects. We’re a team of 40-60 people and it might be hard to interact with so many people. This is to help everyone on the team to know each other a little bit better.

    This past weekend, we had another social event, our traditional TIPsy FUNdraiser event held at Tonic. A really big thanks to everyone that showed up and brought their friends out to help support the team. It’s one of the few events where you show your friends the less intense side of the team while we are off the water. This was another successful fundraiser and a huge thanks to our guest bartenders.

    If you haven’t heard yet, our Friends and Family day will be postponed until March 7th due to a chance of rain this weekend. I’m pretty sure your friends wouldn’t want to come out to practice in the rain with us anyways. That’ll definitely scare them off.

  2. Dec

    13

    Enjoying the Off-Season

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    Our off-season starts right after Treasure Island since it’s the last race of the year for us. Some of us (such as myself) have stopped going to practice because there isn’t any races to prepare for, while the more dedicated bunch continue to improve themselves. I’ve asked several people what they have been up to during the off-season now that they have so much time on their hands.

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    I really shouldn’t be surprised by this, but the most common response was sleeping in on Saturday mornings. As the weather gets colder, it’s hard to resist the temptation of staying under the warm blankets for an extra hour or two. These people don’t have any regrets about it since they don’t have to be at practice at 10.

    For the kids still in school, they’re all studying for finals. I asked if they did anything besides studying and they’re like, “Nope.” Cramming information doesn’t work. Spread out your study time and schedule times to go out and do stuff with friends. Small distractions like that help with retaining information better.

    Some of us are still remaining active by doing not dragonboat stuff. Running, biking, rowing, and other stuff.

    Now onto people with something different. May attended Intel Extreme Masters (IEM). It’s an event where you go watch people compete against each other in League of Legends. If you haven’t seen it in our FB group yet, May was asking for likes on one of her photos to win a gaming chair. I probably should have wrote this at that time so she could have gotten more likes.

    Alex went to Seattle to hang out in the area. Before he left, he talked to a girl who was also going to Seattle during the same weekend. They never ran into each other during their trip in Seattle.

    We’re a group of different people with varying interests. Talk to each other and find activities to do together during the off season.

  3. Oct

    22

    Derrick and I discuss how to stay active while in the off season when you aren’t paddling as well as eating habits. It’s one of the best time to work out hard, make massive gains, and show off the results when the season starts.

    If you need some help or advice on how to get started, I’m willing to help, but Derrick is the better choice since he is more knowledgable than me. Post in the team group on FB if you want to get a group to do something. I’m 100% sure that other people will be interested.

    As always, if you have a fun question to ask, submit it here.

  4. Oct

    10

    Treasure Island Recap

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!

  5. Sep

    08

    Wow. This is turning out to be more real with intro music and everything. In this episode is more of a conversational piece with Silvia as we talk about the Treasure Island dragon boat festival, off the water training, and donuts.


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