Soccer

Feb. 7th, 2014 12:07 am
[personal profile] 9unm3741
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.

Date: 2014-02-07 05:36 pm (UTC)
woggy: (Umbrella Frog)
From: [personal profile] woggy
I'd been having similar realizations lately, about just how much I've slipped in physical condition since college. Not having band to keep me in reasonable shape is...showing.

The solution that I'm attempting is trying to get back into the habit of swimming (which I haven't done consistently since high school); perhaps something similar would work for you? Not that I'm saying you need to shell out for a Fancy Gym Membership or anything.

*ponders*

Date: 2014-02-07 09:46 pm (UTC)
woggy: A frog, probably of South American vintage (Default)
From: [personal profile] woggy

Utah was the indoor one by my house, yes. Del Mar was the outdoor one closer to yours. This one is not nearly as close as either of those, but it's still nice enough.

And yeah. Doing something on a regular basis is the important bit. Best of luck getting a group together. :)

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