I grew up reading books.
My first experience playing on a competitive team was while I attended University.
I secured the position of ‘bench warmer’ on the women’s basketball team. Twelve women were required to make a team. On a lark, I went to tryouts and much to my surprise only eleven other women showed up. Much to my surprise, I was part of a women’s basketball team.
Needless to say, I went to a very small University.
My main responsibilities were:
- Hold down the fort. My arse kept the bench securely in place while the other women rotated on and off the court.
- Ambulance avoidance. I gave two minute breaks to other players before they overheated or had a stroke.
- Pass NEVER shoot. If the ball somehow made it into my anxious hands, I was instructed to immediately give it to a skilled player.
I hated playing because time and again, I was told losses were my fault and that I didn’t have the skills to make it as a player; yet they needed me.
Don’t ask me why, but I played for two years.
Apparently I am competitive.
My main competition in life has always been myself. I always strive to beat my time, speed, or discipline.
- Enter bodybuilding.
One of the main reasons I love bodybuilding is the singularity of the sport. You compete daily against yourself and the main competition is not who shows up on show day, rather if you show up every day in life and the gym.
But after nearly killing myself and my body screaming STOP, I finally had to listen. I took my hat out of the competitive bodybuilding ring and kept training like a mad woman just for the love of the sport.
For the last few months I have been wondering what ring to throw my hat into next.
Squash: the sport, not the vegetable.
Running around like an idiot, smashing the ball with all my might, lunging for over an hour, and laughing hysterically is the most fun I have had in a long time. My husband is very kind to put up with my running into the walls and extreme focus.
Time stands still, but I do not.
- It was love at first *smash*.
A sport where you get to play with others, but the win is 100% dependent on you.
And can you say functional HIIT? Holy workout Batgirl!
There will be no bench warming for me, but I should probably still be on ambulance avoidance…