The tribe excitedly hopped on a new opportunity this morning, taking up our boy Derek’s offer to host us for our first Friday pop-up work out of summer 2015 (that’s right, we’ve decided, its summer now and we are sticking to it). Derek and his brother Rob were super generous to host us at the Manitoba Canoe and Kayak Centre where we got our paddle on racing a Dragon Boat up and down the mighty Red River, and I’ll be the first to admit that I wasn’t sure if it was going to be a workout, but damn my arms are still sore as I type this 5 hours later!
Definitely a bit of a different swing to the morning, but after a brief intro to paddling from our fearless instructor Rob (and a few Fuck Ya’s for good measure) we donned some life jackets, grabbed some paddles, and hopped in to the 30ish foot Dragon Boat to test our strength against the current. Despite working out together every week for the past several months, it turns out the tribe is NOT adept at synchronized dragon boating; much laughter and tangling of paddles ensued. However, Rob in his infinite patience was able to give calm, clear (and with surprisingly few F-bombs – maybe Tom and Rick have something to learn???) directions, and the tribe got in synch and pretty soon were crushing mock-race starts, time trials, and ultimately full out race speed sprints that would put even Derek’s P.R. time to the test.
Overall a super fun morning and a great way to get out and try something new with this ever growing, stronger, ever more bad-ass community we are turning in to. Thanks to Derek and Rob, and thanks to the tribe for showing up and stepping outside your comfort zone and earning the #WeekEarned hashtag for the first time; damn that’s satisfying.
We will do our best to bring more fun and exciting “pop-up” Friday workouts in new locations around the city throughout the summer. Keep an eye out here on our blog and on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter feeds to hear about when these might be. As always, we’ll see you next Wednesday at the Forks!
Much love – have a great weekend N.P. nation!
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