Dragon’s Alive – Monday, May 23, 2011

It’s hard to believe, but it’s true – the race is done, clean up is over and I’m back home in Knoxville. We’re still finishing up the final race results, more pics and video will be uploaded and shared soon on the Dynamic Dragon Boat...

Dragon’s Alive – Sunday, May 22, 2011

I haven’t had time to blog much these last few days, because of race day and clean up, plus I’ve had a great time spending some quality moments with friends I’ve met thanks to dragon boat racing. I’m going to rest and start recapping in the...

Dragon’s Alive – Race Day, May 21, 2011

The 5th Annual Children’s Hospital Dragon Boat Festuival was a resounding success! A whopping $106,000 has been raised so far to benefit the hospital. The Pallbearers took Gold for a third straight year, but the Chattanooga Ski Club gave them a run for their...

Dragon’s Alive – Friday, May 20, 2011

Busy, but awesome and smooth set up day! Since tomorrow is race day and now I only have four hours before go time, I will make this blog short. Race day is set. There are two recreational boats anchored near the finish line, staying overnight. See y’all early in...

Dragon’s Alive – Thursday, May 19, 2011

Every day it feels like the fundraising total increases by $5,000 – today pledge total shot up to $85,000. Wow. What a legacy – to help other children. This year’s pledges will fund bright new rooms for children who have to stay at Children’s...

Dragon’s Alive – Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I drove home to Knoxville Tuesday night after coaching a few teams. It was odd being there, since I’m getting very accustomed to hotel living in general, but it was good to see my husband and dogs. I didn’t have much time, because I was the guest at a...

Dragon’s Alive – Tuesday, May 17, 2011

It’s been a busy, but another great day working this morning, and then time with friends participating in the Children’s Hospital Dragon Boat Festival on yet another chilly, windy day. Jim and Cathy Getz arrived from Florida layered in plenty of clothes,...

Dragon’s Alive – Monday, May 16

It’s scary when the heat is on in your hotel room and you’re leaving for dragon boat practices. HA! It’s been balmy, windy, cloudy, creating choppy conditions on the water most of the evening. The last two practices were more difficult, but the teams...

Dragon’s Alive – Sunday, May 15

This time, I went in the drink! I knew it might be a bad sign when I woke up exhausted and half out of it. Last night was the first one I’ve slept in the last several nights. I slept well, but not quite enough to catch up from too many consecutive sleepless...

Dragon’s Alive – Saturday, May 14

It was a bittersweet day on a macrocosmic level. But it also helps me cherish each moment at this stage of my life. It was an incredible time on the water again with three different teams. One was full of old friends I’ve coached for the past three years or so....

Dragon’s Alive – Friday the 13th

Follow the Dragon’s Alive blog every day until race day on Saturday, May 21 for the Children’s Hospital Dragon Boat Festival What a great Friday the 13th! It was one of the best times (and most memorable) in a dragon boat. Why didn’t we have a camera...

Dragons Alive – Blog series

After stumbling upon a personal journal, I decided to develop a blog series this dragon boat season. I’m calling it Dragon’s Alive for the same reason I dreamed up the idea – to give life to my life’s work, i.e. dragon boat racing and charity....

Worthwhile adventure

Lately, life has been so busy with travel, work and personal matters, it seems difficult to secure a moment to think… Amid the emails, calls, to-dos and asides pulling at my attention, one day we got word that the Children’s Hospital team in Chattanooga...

Whirlwind World

Life has been an endless cycle of dragon boat planning and details lately. I’m very relieved the new Web sites are live and making the visitor experience easier overall. Right now, with the way my schedule has been, I wouldn’t have the time to even look at...

New Web sites!

When I started the adventure of bidding out the services for a new Web site, I knew it would be a lot of work – both on my part, and for the chosen company. The reason – my company is not what you’d call common. You don’t see many dragon boat race organizers and...

Exciting new sites!

It’s amazing how much one huge project can help you learn more about your business, and its services. Taking on one Web site wasn’t enough – four new Web sites will debut soon. The roll out begins in just a few short days. I will explain more in...

From the SRDBA – Why Join

With almost 300 members, the SRDBA is a new and strong organization. Have a voice, be informed and involved. Find out why you should join as well! The SRDBA was formed over the past 6 months by a group of volunteers residing here in the southeastern region.  At the...

Our Facebook page

Look for frequent updates about the SRDBA happenings on Facebook! Follow and join us as we shape dragon boating in our region.

Off-Season work action-packed

Often when I start discussing dragon boat racing in meetings during the winter months, the question inevitably pops up out of conversation: “So, what exactly do you work on during the winter?” Even my bank teller asked me that recently! While the offseason...

Membership

Join SRDBA and get more involved dragon boating in our region and for the future of the sport we all love! Be part of the Southeastern Regional Association to help shape it. The SRDBA has created a new membership structure. We welcome all new members from our region....

Top Ten Things I Learned in 2010

10. My body lasts much longer than my brain. 9. Extreme heat melts my brain, which worked out OK, actually. 8. No matter how much planning, something unexpected ALWAYS happens. 7. Road trippin’ with the boats is long and tedious, but usually entertaining. 6....

Kentucky Colonels – A dragon boat experience to remember

First of all, it was like being with old friends – from the actual old friends I had work the event, to the new friends we met at the venue. Everyone was nice and accommodating. It wasn’t unlike most of the other dragon boat events we’ve worked this...

Reaching for Life, and Finding Self

I recently wrote the foreword to “Reaching for Life,” a book I am co-editing with fellow dragon boat coach/steerer and good friend, Raul Fernandez-Calienes. The book is a collection of stories about breast cancer survivors and dragon boating. The foreword...

The boats are coming!

The time has come – to increase the fleet to 8 dragon boats. Two brand new German-made BuK dragon boats arrive first thing Wednesday morning. Any business needs equipment to survive and thrive, but dragon boats are not just equipment, or for that matter, the...

Mad Paddlers hit the water April 1

The Mad Paddlers make their debut splash on the water in a dragon boat Thursday, April 1, at 6:30 p.m. at Oak Ridge Marina for the first practice of the season. If you’re looking to learn the sport, get a great workout, and just have fun, please join us. Contact...

New Beginning!

When I started the adventure of bidding out the services for a new Web site, I knew it would be a lot of work – both on my part, and for the chosen company. The reason – my company is not what you’d call common. You don’t see many dragon boat...

Dynamic Dragon Boat Festivals

Dragon boating is a play hard kind of sport that matches the competitive nature with community spirit. Dynamic Dragon Boat Racing LLC provides equipment and services for any type of dragon boat event. Find out more about the fastest growing team water sport within the...