The Athlete Within
Saturday, March 23, 2013
When I was younger I played every sport there was out there. I was good at most of them while I was never the top athlete I was alway "athletic." Long story short I got fat, I got a fair amount smaller and started competing in half marathons, triathlons...okay I started doing them. I played different pick up sports and even "schooled" some of the guys I work with in basketball. I started playing racquetball with a friend and then the fiance. Even though I have been doing all of these athletic things I haven't felt like a athlete or athletic. There were moments where there would be a glimmer of the athlete but only a fleeting glimpse. I have finally shed weight to a point where I am not far off of my "athletic" version of me. I am also finally feeling the part of the athlete. I did my tactical range course at work and I felt fluid during it, I didn't feel awkward. Last night was probably my biggest breakthrough the fiance and I were playing racquetball and I was doing well, but then he let out a little secret that for the first time he was actually keeping tabs on the score. Big mistake. Competition mode set in for me and a game that was even up until then became me going all "athletic" and I was on fire not missing balls, balancing, jumping, racing to low shots all the way across the court. From the point he told me there was a score being kept until the end I pretty much dominated. On the drive home he told me he was very impressed he was playing his butt off and getting crushed. He said that I have really been improving athletically in the past couple weeks and the truth is I have been feeling glimmers of it, but last night I felt it full on.
I am excited to see how this athlete can do in triathlons this year (first tri of the year is Olympic distance on June 6), I can't wait to knock out a half marathon and keep improving. And I really want to do a marathon, an obstacle run, and I want to start playing competitive volleyball again. I have done all of these different races but it is like they were just training runs and the training wheels were on now I want nothing more than to push my boundaries of comfort and watch my times drop and actually become a competitor.