Yesterday was dragon boating race day. The whole reason for our trainings. D-day. THE day.
5 races, against 2-4 other teams in each one.
The first race, a practice run, was fantastic – we came a good second, and we were leaps and bounds ahead of our previous times. Morale was boosted, and we were all excited about actually being in with a chance of placing in the social league.
From the second race, morale quickly declined. The weather changed and our coordination went with it. In each of our next four races, we ended up beyond our own lane. In our final (read: race for last place) we missed the finish line and ended up out in Wellington harbour. Oops.
Despite the terrible results, we had so much fun! Wellingtonians (and other teams) were rooting for us – complete strangers. Turns out that everyone does love an underdog!
So will I join a team again? If the opportunity arises, then most definitely YES!
Don’t let our placing fool you – this stuff is fun! Sure, losing sucks. I had my sulk at the end of the day, but I got over it. Even when we ended up in the harbour in our last race, the whole team was laughing
(with the spectators).
We all enjoyed ourselves.
And next year, we know what to do differently.
Remember guys; we’re striving for progress, not perfection!