This last weekend I drove 28Â hours (round-trip) to Minneapolis to race the Women’s Round Robin. Â I had been looking forward to it since I did the mixed Round Robin last year. Â The format is really fun, involves a full day of sprinting with all these new people. Â You get to paddle in the front, back, and try to match up with a bunch of different styles and personalities. Â With my background in sprint racing and need to learn from new people, it is a really good fit. Â It is REALLY demanding mentally and physically, but a good challenge and a fun time with a great group of people (Minnesotans are seriously the best). Â When the event was announced back in March I could hardly wait, and I recruited and promoted and encouraged others to come out and do it.
When it came down to the end of June, most of my enthusiasm had evaporated. Â I just didn’t really want to go any more. Â I didn’tÂ have any appetite to go to Saskatoon Pride, or the free jazz festival concerts, or other summer social things… let alone plan a big trip to do a very hard thing that would require digging deep to stay motivated and on my game. Â Luckily the clouds parted andÂ Â one of my more organized team mates had room in her car to go down. Â I had to rally like a boss/gangsta/champ, but I showed up and performed reasonably. Â I wouldn’t say it was my ‘A game’, but overall not bad and I had a few really nice races. For the record, I don’t think my ‘A’ game (or ‘C’ game for that matter) would have changed the end result rankings; it is more about the quality of experience while being there. Â There were some good races but also loads of mistakes, and all the learning that comes along with that and makes the trip worthwhile. Â I do wish I’d been a little more sharp to pick up on more of that, but I’ll have other chances. Â There are lots of things for me to work on right now, and I don’t have to worry about getting bored.
Now I am back in Saskatoon with not a lot else going on for the summer but our busy (and productive) data collection. Â Summer is very short in Saskatoon so it is nice to make the most of it. Â I think I will race the Pas (Opaskwayak First Nation Annual Canoe Race), and I’m looking at joining the Rowing Club. Â The river is so low and slow it is a good year to learn to row a single, and I think the change would do me good.