With anticipation I woke on the morning of Friday, 10 February to head north to Kai iwi Lakes, a place I have never visited before. The sun was hot and I could visualise a fantastic training weekend in front of me with some of my Pinkie team mates and many others from various Auckland Dragonboat teams. Upon arrival I was greeted by Anne-Marie and once my tent was set up it was straight into the beautiful blue waters of the lake for a cool down. Under the watchful eye of Anne-Marie, I completed my 50m swim so it could be signed off. Slowly as the day wore on the rest of the team arrived and set up. Most Pinkies were in bed at a reasonable hour ready for the 6am paddle the next morning.