Today I raced a dragon boat down the Cumberland River. I’ve watched the Dragon Boat Festival almost every year since I moved to Nashville, so it was fun to finally participate with the greatest team ever, “Trogdor the Contribunator” aka the great folks at The Contributor, Nashville’s street newspaper. I hadn’t paddled a boat in about 10 years and most of my teammates were in the same boat (heh, heh), so I went in expecting it to be fun, but a giant fail. We struggled through the first race and landed last in our heat, but we did beat several other teams overall by time. The second race we fell into sync, shaved 15 seconds off our time and actually beat a team in our heat. We only missed 2nd place by one second. Triumph.
I left after our races were over, but apparently at the end of the day we were awarded the Spirit Award for most improved time of any team, which is awesome, though I can’t help but think it had more to do with our team spontaneously breaking into dance during “Rocky Top.”