I’ve found that one of the most important things that any team of dragon boat racers can do is establish a sort of rhythm. It might seem like that’s going to be difficult to do, especially because so many people are rowing the boat during a dragon boat ride. However, without a rhythm, the whole thing isn’t going to be anywhere near as successful or easy.
You’re try to get a large group of people working together on one task when you do dragon boat racing. If you do that, people really can’t go off and enjoy their own directions at all. They literally and figuratively have to do with the flow, and it helps if the flow has a nice beat to it and people cannot help but dance along, so to speak.
The beat can help you stay connected with your teammates. It can also make the more strenuous aspects of dragon boat racing a lot easier than they would have been otherwise. You start to lose yourself in the beat. It’s like exercising to music in a way, or dancing to a musical tune. The music becomes a part of the dance more than anything else, and it seems to tell your feet where to go.
The rhythm also makes dragon boat racing a lot more fun. You’re all together, you are all moving a boat together, and you all have the same beat in your head. There’s something emotionally satisfying about that. If you’re like me and you spent a lot of time in the company of something that you could not control, like cancer, then feeling the sense of accomplishment and the pride in what your body can do can make a huge difference.