Saturday, March 1. I spent another weekend practicing with the dragon boat team in Oakland. At first I was hesitant for signing up for a second practice because I was dreading paddling through the rainstorm, but the weather turned out much better than predicted. It was still super cold, but the water tides looked awesome in the wind and the sky was amazing whenever the sun came out (and the sun came out a lot)!
DAT SCENERY DOE. I couldn’t bring my phone on the boat (again) because I forgot to wrap it in plastic and didn’t want to risk it in the rain anyway. To be honest, I was really frustrated during practice because my timing, technique, form, etc. were all wrong and I knew it. I also have shitty endurance so I had to take a lot of breaks when things got too intense. Fortunately, people on the team kept telling me not to worry since this was just my second time and gave me advice on how to do better. Thank you senpais~ ;_;
During the afternoon the aquatic center was crowded with people but more importantly, DOGGIES! I saw so many roaming around and sniffing all the salt. GAH SO ADORABLE.
Lunchtime made everyone super sleepy and tired. Plus by the time it was our break, the rain started pouring like crazy, which made the prospects of our evening practice even more dreadful. We got to chill in the car while waiting for our coach and other members to arrive (they were late, much to my pleasure, because I did not want to practice in the rain). Luckily, by the time they appeared, the rain began subsiding and the weather got warmer. We even saw a rainbow! ^_^
I borrowed a teammate’s Under Armour for the evening practice since it was getting colder. Dude, this cold gear is awesome. I am digging the polyester material, as well as the tight and sleek feeling on my body. It’s like I’m a secret agent (and the secret is that I am very unfit).
Getting dinner after a long day of water practices is the best! We visited the Katana-Ya Ramen restaurant, where I ordered the nori ramen (one of my teammates said he could see my face light up when my food came, haha). The service was nice enough to get three tables for us as well as split our bill individually AND give us complimentary dessert! The “free” dessert was small and simple but made me more excited than it should.
"Pour the tea, Fa Mulan…" When my teammate kept spilling the tea we yelled that he will never bring his family honor. On another side note, apparently if you break apart your chopsticks properly, that indicates good luck for your marriage. In that case my love life is gonna be shitty.
Last photo: some cute designs hanging on the wall near the bathroom. ^_^
As always, a long day of practice has left me super tired… it’s nearly 2 AM as I’m writing this post right now (will schedule it to be published at a more reasonable time) but I have to wake up at 9 AM tomorrow for a group project, sigh. But hey, as long as I feel satisfied by the end of the day, then it’s worth getting tired. March is starting off strong. I hope to keep up the momentum.