Here are some words of wisdom from Coby Crowley of the CDBF Race Committee, about being in shape for dragon boat racing:
So now that paddling season is in full bloom, it is time to get yourself ready for the fun!
You might want to check your fitness inventory. But, before you start any fitness program check with your doc to make sure all is well.
And if you have access to a personal trainer she can guide you to make sure you are doing the exercises properly.
Seasoned paddlers know what it takes “physically” to paddle: Think Cardio, Cardio, Cardio! Do some interval training to get that heart rate up. Remember, you want to be able to keep paddling to the finish line!
Stretching is also very important for rotation. Core strength is core :-). Your abs will wake up for sure, when you're paddling.
But most of all, have fun! And, remember the Race Committee is always here to answer any questions you may have.
Stay tuned for information on “what do I bring on Race Day?” next month!