Can simply sitting up during your stroke make the boat go faster? All dragon boat paddlers know that when there is movement in the boat, there is an effect on the boat. Sometimes this movement can be used for good. Sometimes for evil. Rowers, with their sliding seat, experience an effect on the boat due to their body movement as they slide forwards and backwards through the stroke. A previous,...Read more
“Games should be easy to learn and difficult to master. They reward the first quarter and the hundredth.”
-Nolan BushnellThis design philosophy has historically and successfully been applied to video game creation since it was first coined by Atari’s Nolan Bushell in 1971. However, today I am going to apply it to dragon boating as I see it to be the reason why this...
Synchrony: a state in which things happen, move, or exist at the same time Timing: the control of the speed of a stroke, blow, etc., in order that it may reach its maximum at the proper moment. So what is it that we want in a dragon boat? Timing? Synchrony? Both? How many training sessions have there been where your coach has yelled out “Timing!!!”? What was he or she...Read more
My mouse stopped working the other day. No big deal. Right? But I spend at least 4 hours a day typing and clicking. Whether it’s writing for this blog, researching or just responding to emails, I click, roll, zoom and drag a lot. Fortunately, I didn’t let the dumb broken mouse stop me. This time it was my mouse but, in life, little obstacles come up that try to...Read more