Sunday, July 13, 2014. I made this joke poster last night because when I looked through the 90+ pictures that I took from the CDBA Sprints Race, this one just screamed anime opening to me, with everyone staring off to the sky with their matching jerseys and all. Why are we not a TV show yet? Mada mada dane.
Anyway, last weekend was our first dragon boat race for the summer. The sprint races are only 250 meters, covering half the distance from the traditional 500 meters, but at twice the speed and intensity. Fun fact: in high school, I was a sprinter for track & field because I figured if I was gonna exert physical effort, I wanted to get that shit over with as quickly as possible. So obviously my preferences are the same for dragon boat too, haha.
On Saturday, we had a short water practice before packing into our cars and heading for our respective housing locations. I was grouped with the San Francisco housing, and their chilly weather was definitely welcomed in the summer. We spent the night playing Super Smash Bros and Dance Central, as well as getting pho for dinner.
Here are selfies with my car/housing group, plus one with us lying in bed together. I’m trying to make this a tradition for every house I’m in for these races (since it got started at May Race). Just trying to accommodate for space by being nice and cozy together ^_~.
On Sunday morning we woke up at 5:00 AM to drive to Alameda Point, our race site. Got the tent set up and the whiteboard with everyone’s lineup for the upcoming heats. I don’t know what’s cooler, that I got to sit in the front half of the boat or that my face is a magnet.
We got new jerseys too which is pretty bomb. I dig the bright color and design, apparently enough to drop $20 for it, as well as over $60 for the race fee, gas money, food, etc. If I didn’t have a job, I’d be a broke bitch by now. Good thing I’m ballin’.
Here is the team heading off for our first heat! We got second place, but because one of the other boats collided against another one, we had to race again and got third place. That was lame.
Dat current doe. The weather was super windy so it was difficult getting alignment. I think in the second heat and men’s race we had to wait for half an hour for the boats to all be in line with each other without getting moved by the wind.
I got to take pictures of our boat loading up at the dock since I wasn’t racing in most of the heats. Actually, I only ended up racing in the semifinals. There was a mix-up and I couldn’t race in the other heat. It was confusing because I was chilling in the tent (after the coach told me I wasn’t racing) when the treasurer ran up to me yelling “Cindy! We’re racing!” and I was like “Cool, where are we gonna watch?” and he was like “No, YOU’RE racing!” I was like WUT but by the time I ran over to the docks, it was too late and they used my sub instead. -___- I was disappointed to only race in one heat but I guess mix-ups can’t be helped. And at least I got pretty pictures.
I knew I wasn’t gonna get to race anymore so I just decided to sleep in the tent. A teammate’s dog curled up next to me and kept licking my face hehehe.
The nap made me even more tired after waking up but then we played a game before the final race, which called for a lot of screaming, pointing, and wild arm gestures. This game brought me back to life. And I won in the last round!!
After all the races were over, we took a group picture, then packed our bags and went home. My car group visited a Korean restaurant for dinner where I ate SUPER DELICIOUS noodles. Wish I could eat there again.
A lot of people asked me if I had fun at Sprints, but I don’t know what to say since I only got to race one heat, which passed by way too fast. Truthfully, I have been feeling emotionally crappy lately, so having a lot of downtime to myself made me feel even more blah. Despite that, I did enjoy the road trip and housing with my team, because I always enjoy getting together and socializing with everyone. We’re going to race again in two weeks in Long Beach, so I’m looking forward to that too. I’m glad that being on this team lets me explore outside of Davis and go on all these fun trips. It makes my slow summer more exciting, and I’m thankful for that.