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PADDLECHICA: Choosing the Dragon Boat Team That’s Right For You

PADDLECHICA: Choosing the Dragon Boat Team That’s Right For You

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This article was originally published on Paddlechica.com. Teams vary from highly competitive at one end of the spectrum to all-inclusive at the other end, with everything in between. Finding the right team for you is often a difficult process. Some paddlers find themselves wanting more of a competitive challenge, yet the club they belong to has more of a social focus. Other paddlers want to be on the race crew more often, yet their skill set isn’t developed enough and so they find themselves as a “spare” quite frequently. Some paddlers truly believe that they want to be on a...

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PADDLECHICA: Dragon Boat Help! How to Ask For It, How to Offer It

PADDLECHICA: Dragon Boat Help! How to Ask For It, How to Offer It

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This article was originally published on Paddlechica.com. As adults, we often find it difficult to ask for help or clarification when we don’t understand something. We are reluctant to appear weak or ignorant, and we are frequently intimidated by the very people we should be requesting assistance from. There is something frightening about asking for help from those who are better than us. We tend to put people up on a pedestal and perceive them as more important than ourselves, making it nearly impossible to request any assistance. All too often I have seen paddlers who need help in various aspects...

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PADDLECHICA: Mental Toughness - The Mental Game of Paddling

PADDLECHICA: Mental Toughness - The Mental Game of Paddling

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This article was originally published on Paddlechica.com. In the middle of a recent training session I started thinking about how many parts of my body were hurting. I let my mind wander and it became my worst enemy. I started questioning why in the heck I put myself through the hour-long torture session we affectionately call “training,” especially at 5:45 in the morning. My mind started to take over and sadly I willingly let it. The truth is, paddling is a mental game. Obviously technique is important, and you can’t neglect the physical strength and proficiency needed for competing. But without...

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PADDLECHICA: 10 Things to Let Go of to Improve Your Paddling

PADDLECHICA: 10 Things to Let Go of to Improve Your Paddling

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This article was originally published on Paddlechica.com. We train hard. We go to practice. We remain focused. We set goals. We work hard to achieve them. Yet inevitably there are things standing in our way, preventing us from improving at the rate we would like to. All too often, we focus on the things we think we need, rather than things we need to get rid of. Perhaps it’s time to take a look at things to eliminate in our life in order to see the improvements we so desperately desire. Here is a list of 10 things to let go of in order...

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PADDLECHICA: The Seven Deadly Sins of Paddling and How You Can Avoid Them

PADDLECHICA: The Seven Deadly Sins of Paddling and How You Can Avoid Them

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This article was originally published on Paddlechica.com.   1. Not Warming Up Properly Too many paddlers jump into a boat for a training session or even a race without a sufficient warmup. Dynamic stretching at least 15- 45 minutes before hitting the water is crucial to get your muscles well-lubricated and ready to fire. A light run is beneficial to raise your total body temperature and get your body ready for vigorous activity, but you also need to be doing active stretches. Shoulder circles, hip circles, leg swings, squats, lunges, jumping jacks, etc. all help get your body loosened up and prepared...

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