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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.
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    WOOHOO!!!!!!! You're doing awesome!
    1853 days ago
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    1855 days ago
    Go girl go! So excited for you... emoticon
    1855 days ago
    Well done, keep going and you will do it.

    I had thought of running a half marathon but this bad weather has put me off. Maybe when it gets to summer I may have a change of mind. Don't let my negative thoughts put you off because you are way a head of me.

    Have a good coming week

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    1855 days ago
  • COOP9002
    Awesome to see that you have found your inner athlete. Sounds like you are gaining more and more confidence on this journey.
    1855 days ago
    way to go love.i remember the day when i used to be a athelete too but not too certain i eant to go back exactly to that too much disapline and sacrafice but i would love to be atheletic again and that i see myself getting nearer and nearer to.or i was anyway before i started getting rid of all theese viral infections i an´t seem to kick.remember though the only person you need to compete against is yourself and your own personal best and always trying to beat or better it.i know this you can and will do constantly.keep on keeping on.proud f you love. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1855 days ago
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