Feb. 7th, 2014

Soccer

Feb. 7th, 2014 12:07 am
One of my colleagues decided he wanted to put together an intramural indoor soccer team this semester.  I was very excited and jumped on board right away.  We just had our first game, which we lost, and man am I out of shape.  Now, I expected to lose.  They are a fraternity team, so they probably practice fairly regularly, know each other fairly well, and have a tradition of indoor soccer.  We are a few graduate students (not even enough of us to make substitutions) who mostly just met each other for the first time 10 minutes before the game started.  What I didn't expect was how bad I am at soccer now, and how out of shape I really am.  This is very disappointing to me for two reasons.

1)  I like soccer.  Soccer is important to me and I really want it to continue to be a part of my life.  To be clear I was never very good at it.  I was better than most of my friends who didn't play it, but anyone else who had any real experience was better than me.  But I was never this bad.  I don't mind being bad, but being this bad means that soccer has really left my life in a way that I never intended and never wanted.  I need to take more time out of my life for soccer than I have been.  I'm afraid that I'll always find excuses not to, but I need to.

2)  I am out of shape.  I never really valued being in shape for its own sake.  I'm pretty healthy and that is what matters.  But I've been thinking recently that since I am going to spend so much time in Colorado this summer that I need to do some mountain climbing.  Well, if the summer comes around and I'm still in this kind of shape, I can kiss any summits goodbye.  I am too out of shape to do any mountain climbing, and that disturbs me.  Mountain climbing is also an activity that is important to me, and I really only get a small window of opportunity to do it every year.  If I'm not ready, and dedicated enough to be ready, than I will have essentially decided that it isn't important enough to me to do.  And it is, so I need to step it up.

That's about it.  I had a blast playing soccer, but doing so made me realize a few things that I don't really like knowing.

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