Saturday, August 19, 2017

Signs of Mutiny? | DieselFish Dragon Boat Team

No! Signs of POWER!

The coach went away for a business trip and left me in charge. So, this happened…



I think I got cocky because the team paddled so well today. They nailed their starts and nearly flung me overboard during the power sequences.

Our newcomers are steadily improving as well. They are paddling longer without resting and helping to push the boat through the water. It just takes some practice.

(If I don’t post a blog piece next week, call the cops and tell them the coach did it.)

If we can do it, so can you! Email me at dfcaptains@gmail.com for free dragon boat lessons!


- Alex, the Minister of Newbie Happiness


Saturday, August 12, 2017

So Fresh and So Clean and So Full and So Fast | DieselFish Dragon Boat Team

We had a so-so day…



We switched things up and ate lunch before practice. The crew went to I Dumpling to feast on lamb dumplings with cumin (so fragrant), paper-thin slices of tendon stepped in chili oil (so spicy) and Shanghai soup dumplings (so comforting).



We then worked off the calories by cleaning our boats. We’d rather be racing, but this task was overdue. The crew sanded and scrubbed the fleet’s hulls until they looked so fresh and so clean. Grunt work like this goes by faster when you have company.



We then tossed aside our sponges and sand paper and grabbed paddles. The coach said our starts have improved. The crew has mastered the new start sequence and found a rate that is sustainable and competitive. We are so ready for the big race!



Our day together was so productive and fun!


Come join our foodie and outdoor sports adventures! Email me at dfcaptains@gmail.com now for free dragon boat lessons!

-Alex, the Minister of Newbie Happiness








Saturday, July 22, 2017

7/22/17 Dragon Boat Practice Log: Gimme Power NOW!

DieselFish worked together a conquered a challenge



When: Saturday, 7/22/17, 10-noon
Where: Bair Island Aquatic Center, Redwood City, San Francisco Bay Area

WOW. We’re going to feel it tomorrow. My core and leg muscles are already burning. But why am I happy about it?

Today, Coach Marynka began preparing us for the Northern California International Dragon Boat Festival. She was happy with our victory at the CDBA Sprint Race, but she noticed we kept running out of gas near the finish line. Her solution?

Endurance pieces to build our stamina. The coach had us paddle for five minutes straight, applying maximum power at different intervals.

Every stroke felt heavy. Each gasp of air wasn’t enough….

But we managed to pull through! No one in the crew dropped out to rest—not even our newbies. I’m pleased they held their own with our veteran paddlers. (Our training program is working!)

Moments like this make me proud to be a DieselFish. We worked hard together and overcame a difficult challenge. That is what dragon boat is all about.

If we can do it, so can you! Email me at dfcaptains@gmail.com for free dragon boat lessons!

-Alex, the Minister of Newbie Happiness

Saturday, July 15, 2017

DieselFish Wins at CDBA Sprint Race Part Two

DieselFish Dragon Boat Team paddled away with a victory at the CDBA Sprint Race!

Here are some more pictures from the race:

The cutest team in dragonboat!

Hanging out in the tent between races

Jason and Akash bask in the glory of the hardware

See the navy ship in the background? 

DIESEL! DIESEL! DIEEEEEEEESEL!

If we can do it, so can you! Email me at dfcaptains@gmail.com for free dragon boat lessons!


-Alex, the Minister of Newbie Happiness


Sunday, July 9, 2017

DieselFish Wins at CDBA Sprint Race

DieselFish Dragon Boat Team paddled away with a victory at the CDBA Sprint Race!

Coach Marynka shows off the hardware
Fun times with Bryan and Conely under the tent

Okay, just one drink. Then we go home. Hanging out with our partners, Summon the Dragon at Speisekammer
Raise a glass to victory!

What a fun race! Photo: Edric Kwan

DIESEL! DIESEL! DIESEL!

If we can do it, so can you! Email me at dfcaptains@gmail.com for free dragon boat lessons!

-Alex, the Minister of Newbie Happiness


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Starting the Weekend with a Sense of Accomplishment | DieselFish Dragon Boat Team

Saturday Mornings with DieselFish Feel Fantastic



Our next race is coming soon!

Today, we had a focused practice. We worked on our starts and finishes. Together, we got the boat to jump and surge towards the finish line.

What a great feeling! This is the best way to start the weekend.

Email me at dfcaptains@gmail.com for free dragon boat lessons. Your weekends will be more active and fun!

-Alex, the Minister of Newbie Happiness


Thursday, June 22, 2017

PROST! | DieselFish Dragon Boat Team

We recovered from our sprint workout with beers and sausages. PROST!


Dragon boat workouts will make you hungry for life. Email me at dfcaptains@gmail.com today for free lessons!


-Alex, the Minister of Newbie Happiness