Dragon boat

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Ritual in sports

Watching the Olympics it is interesting to see the pre- and post-performance rituals that many athletes perform and think about all the ones we don’t know of. Canadian diver Jennifer Abel talked about her ritual with her chamois¬†before she dives, and the fact that she keeps the same chamois¬†for an entire Olympic cycle. Other athletes … Continue reading

Drafting in Sports

  Drafting is something that you hear about in a number of different sports. Basically, when you draft, you sit very close behind someone else (and by sit I mean paddle, swim, bike, run, etc). The idea is that you spend less energy than the person at the front. But how does this work? A … Continue reading

Anaerobic endurance

We have two systems that provide energy when we exercise: anaerobic (without oxygen) and aerobic (with oxygen). In really simple terms, we use the anaerobic system during short bouts of exercise. The aerobic system takes over after about 90 seconds. The major difference is what waste product gets produced. They both break down glucose but … Continue reading

High intensity is key to a pre-competition taper

As a person who trains and competes in multiple sports I have consistently been told that I need to taper my training before a major competition. But what does this really mean? If I’m getting ready for a running race should I be taking it easy and jogging through my last week? Should I do … Continue reading

Changing Vision

When you are sitting at the start line of a race, looking towards the finish line, sometimes it seems a heck of a lot further away than it should. Turns out that how my body is feeling may be affecting how far away I see the finish line. Jessica Witt is a cognitive psychologist at … Continue reading

Breast Cancer and Dragon Boating

With October being breast cancer awareness month it seemed fitting to write about the connections between breast cancer and dragon boating. At every festival I have attended there are teams of breast cancer survivors. There are breast cancer survivor challenge races, flower ceremonies, and generally not a lot of dry eyes. But how did the … Continue reading

What goes into a dragon boat line up – part 2

Several years ago, when I was paddling with a different dragon boat team my coach forgot to put me in the line up for festival. Instead she had a guest paddler. The moment someone pointed out the oversight she put me into the line up, in the bench the guest paddler had been sitting in. … Continue reading

What goes into a dragon boat line up?

This weekend was the Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival. I paddle and co-coach Dragon Blades, which used to be made up of skaters and family members from the Edmonton Speed Skating Club, but in all honesty is now more friends than skaters. We had an amazing festival, finishing 5th overall. There were a lot of things … Continue reading

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