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Moving On

Well, I finally got a response from my dragon boat coach today. It seems there isn't any room for me on the team. I can't say I'm very surprised. I really liked my team but I got the impression that I made my coach and my captain uncomfortable somehow and I don't really know why.

So this leaves me at a crossroads. I could find another team, or I could give up on dragon boating. I really enjoyed paddling, but I think a huge part of it was my team. I felt really connected with my coach's style and my teammates. Half of my motivation was because of them. So if I had to join another team it would always be tainted by what I'm missing, and it would be hard to go to races and see my old teammates and miss them like I would.

My other option is not to paddle anymore. This makes me a bit sad because I did enjoy being outdoors and on the water during the summer and I really like working to perfect a new skill. It would have been really difficult to figure out the practic…

Zumba Shoes

Today was my third Zumba class and I think I'm already an addict. I've downloaded tons of songs (although I want to find the ones my instructors use more often), and I got a more appropriate pair of shoes for all the dancing and jumping. I like the instructor Monday mornings because she gives more verbal cues about how to do the steps and she uses the same songs for the beginning of the workout and it really gave me a chance to learn the steps better.

I went on a grand hunt for a good Zumba shoe last week. I've never had to find a shoe that was more light-weight and flexible because I'm used to the clunkers that prevent me from rolling my ankles. I ended up finding that I preferred shoes that weren't really meant for exercise at all. I liked the Merrell barefoot shoe and a pair of Nike Shox meant for dance.

I tried on the Merrell's and liked how flexible and lightweight they were and how the support in the arch and mid-foot, but after a few minutes the outsides…

An Exercise State of Mind

There's just something about exercise that gets me in a good state of mind. It's probably the endorphins, but I think it's more than that. I think it gives me a sense of structure that I've been lacking in the chaos of new motherhood, and, besides my voice lessons, it gives me something to look forward to. I feel like I'm being proactive in working on myself and it feels really good!

I went to Zumba for the second time last night. I can't really say too much yet because I've only been to two classes, but the classes seem really different even though it's the same exercise. The morning class was smaller, and I think this made it easier to follow along. Wednesday there were so many people and it was obvious that many of them had been doing this awhile. I think this made it more difficult because several of them seem to be modifying the steps and doing their own thing (especially the ones dressed head to toe in zumba gear). It was also really difficult to…