Long Beach Spring Race | May 1
|Black||500m||1st Mixed A||2:14.29|
|Red||500m||3rd Mixed A||2:24.64|
|Black||200m||2nd Mixed A||0:50.78|
|Red||200m||1st Mixed B||0:54.01|
Long Beach Spring Race
Scott Wu (May 16, 2011)
By now, we have had enough time to individually process the 2011 Long Beach Spring Races, affectionately known as Baby Long Beach. Now, you'll hear from me.
Traditionally, LARD's strategy for this race is to blend veteran and new paddlers to give our newer paddlers an opportunity to paddle with more veteran paddlers. Very similar to our Tempe Race strategy. This year, we decided to debut Red, White, and Black this 2011 to see where the teams stood early in the 2011 race season.
Our White team, comprised mostly of our newer paddlers (and a few key veteran paddlers), did a splendid job racing. There are very few teams big enough to enter a third boat in a race, we are fortunate to have that ability. What this means is the White boat usually races against teams with a greater ratio of experienced paddlers in their boats. The coaches are very happy with White's performance. We hope that the newer paddlers continue down the path of making yourselves the best you can be and thank the veterans on the White boat for the leadership and poise on the water.
LARD vs DRAL
Red did something that I don't recall ever happening - advancing to the Mixed A 500m Final. Going into Baby Long Beach, I expected Red to do some phenomenal things and your performance exceeded my expectations. To be rather frank, the Red boat felt more together than the Black boat. I can tell our Red teammates have worked hard TOGETHER these past few months. The concentrated and tight surges I felt the last practice before Baby Long Beach were translated into the races. The season is long and teams around us are getting better. Keep up the hard work. Keep pushing yourselves and those around you.
Continuing down the path of honesty, Black has been marred this year by a lack of team-wide dedication. In years past, Black has performed well. There is nothing sweeter than seeing LARD's best push each other and the rest of the team week after week, month after month of the race season. A product of that hard work is success. Watching the team get faster as the year progresses is an awesome experience. To date, this year, because of various outside factors and priorities, we are not getting the buy-in we usually get at the Black level. I am not discounting the efforts of those that have dedicated themselves so far this year. Continue down the path of team and personal improvement. What I am doing is calling the rest of you out. Past performance is not a guarantee of future success. Our past performances should be motivating you to make your team even better. We know for a fact our past performance has motivated other teams to become better. It is now time to step up, to give the team your best effort. We have some HUGE races this year - races that will test us like never before (Long Beach, SF, PDBA Qualifiers). I would like our teams to go into those races fully prepared and ready for these battles. None of us are good enough to just show up a few weeks before a race, do a few race starts, and expect to be one of the fastest teams on the water. Black showed that in the 200m races.
That being said, during Baby Long Beach, Black showed all of us the power of fight. A glimpse of the team's potential surfaced. Black could have folded up the tents after the less than satisfying 200m races and mailed in the 500m races. That didn't happen. With a giant push from Red, Black rallied to pull off some of the best 500m racing of this young season. Bravo for the fight. You still have one aspect of successful racing - the ability to dig deep. Now, it's time to train ourselves so that we have deeper to dig.
The benchmark for improvement has been set. We have work to do. I hope to see you all at practice.
Paul Wu (May 5, 2011)
I had a great time!. I got there at 7:15AM. The tents were up and a lot of people were there already
I was in four races and it was surprisingly tiring. Going into the race, I felt that four races wasn't all that much but it turned out to be exhausting. On Monday I took a 3 hour nap in the afternoon because I was still just so tired. On Tuesday, I didn't get much done. It turns out that recovering from a race takes 2 whole days. But I had a fun time.
Even though LARD White didn't always compete against other adult teams it was still tough. We were racing against high school and college teams. But from past experience I knew that you can't underestimate the high school teams. We paddled hard. But I think that we had some problems with the timing and the starts. But I was glad to be paddling with some people who were racing for the first time.
I originally thought that I would spend a lot of time in the tents but it turned out that except for lunch, we were near the marshalling area with our gear on the whole time. There wasn't enough time to go back to the tents after each race. It did get hot in the mid-afternoon so a bunch of us huddled under Scott's car. Even though I didn't get much shade, standing in the sun next to the car was still better than standing out in the sun fully exposed.
From now on, I will make sure to plan for a light workload in the days after the race, because it was fun but did I mention the two-day recovery time?! It feels great to see myself get stronger and more fit every week. It's also great to make new friends and do new things with them. I can't wait for the next race! Go LARD!
Great day at the dragon boat races! Sore muscles, burned skin and a great feeling of accomplishment! (The gold and bronze medals aren't bad either) ~Doug Nyland
instances of the words "sore" and "soreness" today can be (correctly) replaced with the word "pride". i have so much pride today, reaching from my legs to my back to my arms. this is the proudest my butt has been in quite some time! ~Noel Villegas
Marina Pacifica evacuated until Long Beach fire, police extinguish spot fires
Phillip Zonkel, Staff writer (05/01/2011 02:02:30 PM)
photo by Eric Song
LONG BEACH - Marina Pacifica was evacuated for more than an hour today as the Long Beach fire and police departments extinguished spot fires that had spread from the Los Cerritos Wetlands, officials said.
The initial fire began in the northeast corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Second Street, just north of In-N-Out Burger, about 9:45 a.m. near an oil storage facility in the wetlands. Apparently, a downed power line struck a dry palm tree, which ignited the first spot fire, which spread to several more, said Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Matt Dobberpuhl.
A short time later, embers from those fires were blown across Pacific Coast Highway and started spot fires in the mall. Long Beach Police officers, who were diverting traffic from Pacific Coast Highway and Second Street, grabbed fire extinguishers in their vehicles and battled a fire in a storage area adjacent to Hof's Hut and Albertson's, said Long Beach Police Department spokeswoman Nancy Pratt.
Additional crews from the fire department came to the mall to extinguish those fires, Dobberpuhl said.
About 11 a.m., police officers told patrons to return to their vehicles and leave the mall, she said.
A fire also damaged the roof at Pier One Imports, Dobberpuhl said.
By 12:15 p.m., shoppers were allowed to return to the mall, and about 30 minutes later, Pacific Coast Highway and Second Street were reopened, Pratt said.
About three acres throughout the wetlands were damaged, Dobberpuhl said.
New to LARD
Matt Najera (May 18, 2011)
Baby long beach was my first official race with LARD as a member. Even though I paddled last year as a guest for Vancouver, I was very apprehensive about the reception I would get from the team after taking a break almost a year ago.However, The few practices leading up the race felt like welcome therapy and the warmth everyone showed me reignited my passion for paddling. During my break from dragonboat while looking for jobs, I felt empty from not paddling and due to the exhausting and stressed feeling of being unemployed and constantly looking for jobs. When I took the plunge and joined LARD I felt that I was complete again. No matter where I was on the boat or how much I hurt after practices , I was once again happy that I was doing something fun.
The actual race day felt like a huge blur. Especially in the morning for the sprints where it was race, one heat break then race again. It felt exhilarating and the energy kept me through the whole morning. I actually like having less huge gaps and breaks cuz it keeps me on my toes and focused rather than having to refocus after a couple of hours of relaxing. I am extremely proud of how my red boat teammates and I performed. I honestly had no expectation for myself due to me just getting back into paddling shape after 4 months of not being on the water. I am pleasantly surprised that we put it together pretty well for the most part this past race. Of course, now that we did so well I have high expectations of red boat. Actually, higher expectations of all the boats. We still have a lot of work we can improve upon. I look forward to working with everyone to perfect the technique of dragonboat paddling.
Oh Noes! (Rogue goes for a swim)
Eric Song (May 23, 2011)
Baby Long Beach was my first race as a member of LARD and also my first time on LARD Black. I am quite excited that LARD gave me the honor of being on such a prestigious boat. The experience was a lot different than what I am used to in college. I have never seen so many people being able to sustain awesome timing throughout the race. The rate is more than what I am used to but through the encouragement off and on the boat during the race we pushed through the pain to achieve numba uno in the 500m race! It was a great experience and now that I am addicted to winning I will bring it on for the rest of the season!
Kenny Kim (June 9, 2011)
PopChips donated many bags of goodness as appropriated by Director Delwin and modeled here by Alicia. Later in the day, because it is Long Beach, we again found ourselves broiling by the marshalling area. Some of us sought the shade of Scott's truck, where Vi showed us her latest culinary find. Cake-Pops. Think of push pops from your youth (or from yesterday) and imagine a tube filled with cake. No muss. No fuss. For those who find peeling paper off of cupcakes to be too much of a hassle. This is a fantastically crazy idea.
First time @ Baby Long Beach with LARD
Manny C., Evan W., Peter W., Eric S., Cynthia C., Matt N., Jasn J., Rich B., Noel V., Chris C.
200m Mixed Adult Mixed A (Black)
200m Mixed Adult Mixed B (Red)
500m Mixed Adult Mixed A (Black)
500m Mixed Adult Mixed A (Red)
Phil Sun, photographer extraordinaire!
photo by Eric Song