Let’s Hear Your Battle Cry!

6 Mar

I popped a Halls right before meeting my dragon boat team for practice this evening and the message on the wrapper was: Let’s Hear Your Battle Cry!

Hear me roar!

Hear me roar!

It was the perfect inspirational message, from the most unlikely source. lol

Practice tonight was all kinds of awesome! πŸ˜€ How do I know this? Because I am in sooooo much muscle pain right now lol Don’t worry, it’s the good kind of muscle pain not the crap-I-hurt-myself-again kind of pain.

We have a new coach and she is a lot tougher on us than our former coach. Which we are all, oddly enough, happy about. What can I say, dragon boaters, well anybody who takes part in a competitive sport, is a little kooky lol

It was raining but not cold, which is nice, what is also nice is when it is sorta chilly out there are fewer icky smells. Hey, it’s not clean water and once it’s summer our noses will be well aware of it πŸ˜› On the plus side, there are some otters that come live in the training area during the summer and it’s always nice to see them. They pop their heads above the water and watch us and once they know we aren’t headed directly towards them they float on their backs and chill. Everybody saw awwwwwww! Cause we always do! teehee

omg could I be any cuter??

omg could I be any cuter??

Our new coach is focusing on our rotation which means my left ass cheek now hates me cause I sit on the left side of the boat so that is my pivot side and omg two hours of pivoting on one specific spot, ouch! I have a fat ass but at the same time it is bony, how that is possible I don’t know but it is. It’s always been like that, shrug. This means I am basically rubbing a bony part of my ass on the wooden bench cause I’m pivoting on it…the things I do for my sport! lol πŸ˜‰

Dragon boating is all about core strength, you’re pulling the paddle through the water via the body rotation, it uses major muscles in your legs, core and shoulders. Which means a really great workout! It also means all those muscle groups are sore right now but it’s ok, they’ll be fine tomorrow. I’m hoping my muscle memory kicks in asap cause I’m not as strong as I was last season – that’s what comes from being a slacker during the off season – so I want to get that fixed. Whiiiiich means more gym visits, more hanging out with dumbbells, more push-ups, just…more!

Something I learned this evening, my new waterproof pants I bought a couple weeks ago? Awesome! Loved them! My waterproof jacket from last season? Not so awesome, sigh, it is no longer water proof on my left side which is the side I get splashed on, double sigh. Looks like I’m gonna hafta find money to buy a new waterproof jacket, ugh. Why oh why do items used for sports have to cost so much money?? *cringe* There should be tax breaks or discounts or something on sport clothes, I mean, if people are making an effort to get or stay in shape in a society that is involved in an obesity crisis they should get a break on the cost of the gear, in my humble and very poor opinion…and yes I know not all people who are large are that way because of their lifestyle habits, it could be because of health issues, I’m just whining because I am poor and now need to figure out how to afford a new waterproof jacket, I’m not trying to start a big debate on a touchy topic. Cause yeah, that so isn’t my blog style lol πŸ˜›

The only upside I am seeing to needing to buy a new jacket is I’m not that fond of the colour of the one I have so hopefully I’ll be able to get one I like better…on sale…a reeeeally good sale…



6 Responses to “Let’s Hear Your Battle Cry!”

  1. Antonieta Reyes March 7, 2014 at 8:22 am #

    Dragon boating? I had to look this up ’cause my mind was geeking out. lol Sounds like fun! About the jacket, have you considered buying it used? You can find them cheaper that way. Just a thought. Poshmark has some good ones. Keep it up!

    • shrinkingwmn March 7, 2014 at 11:13 pm #

      I’ve stopped being surprised that people don’t automatically know what dragon boating is lol but thank you for looking it up rather than assuming it’s the same as crew or rowing! A lot of people do that…
      It is sooooooo much fun! Hard work but fun! πŸ˜€
      I took a look at Poshmark, sadly it is only for the States, shrug. I’m going to check Winners and thrift stores, see what I can find, thing is, waterproof clothes only stay waterproof for so long (length of time depending on how often they are exposed to excess amounts of water) so if I buy used I run the risk of the jacket no longer being waterproof but not knowing that until I’m out on the boat, drenched. lol

      • Antonieta Reyes March 8, 2014 at 6:51 am #

        Right you are… I would check some stores anyway just in case. Maybe you get lucky and someone drops a new one. Good luck and keep it up.

      • shrinkingwmn March 13, 2014 at 1:33 am #

        Luckily I live near a thrift shop so I keep poking my head in there to see if they got any new waterproof jackets lol I think the sales clerk is getting sick of me! lol

      • Antonieta Reyes March 13, 2014 at 3:41 am #


      • Antonieta Reyes March 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm #

        oh boy! then I wish you the best of luck finding something more cost effective.

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