Learn New Sports

Learn New Sports

World Class Fitness in 100 Words:

Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports.
~Greg Glassman,  http://www.crossfit.com/cf-info/start-how.html
 
Well, I’m trying to keep my “pays the healthcare/mortgage” job, start a new affiliate (with my couldn’t-do-it-without-you partner Jillian), take classes in business development and weightlifting, find time to WOD, prepare meals, spend time with my husband, play with my dog….AND I have to learn a new sport?  WTH? You don’t even want to see my Google calendar! 
 
If that’s the case, then it better be some sport I love and I should probably look to do something that I might have enough interest in to stick with and I would prefer that I’m decent at it.   I generally announce that I can’t hold a beat, tap my toe, or get through a kick boxing class with any sense of dignity…and jumping rope is REALLY hard for me.  So that kind of narrows down the list of sports that I should consider.
 
I spent my younger years in organized sports – softball, soccer, volleyball, tennis, track but I’m just not that good.  I don’t like asshole men coaches who push you so hard and think that you “aren’t trying, unless you are crying” – I forget his name but he was the volleyball coach at my high school and I quit the team specifically because I was more stubborn then than I am now! 
 
Outside of CrossFit, my passion has always been horseback riding – so there you have my new / not-so-new sport.  I last rode horses in 1996, my freshman year of college.  I picked up riding again this summer…the summer of 2012 … that’s 16 years later, people.  I don’t know that I had a situation make me feel older than this admission.  My gear was outdated, my helmet wasn’t safety rated, no one wears chaps anymore… it was a bit of a culture shock.  So I was off to the tack store for new stuff and now I look the part. 
 
Thanks to CrossFit, I have a greater understanding of my body and body awareness.  I have had to learn how to ride again but that’s the challenge that I enjoy.  I do believe this is something I’m good at and I love my horse!  He’s the new man in my life:  Tour En L’Air (we call him Eddie)…and he doesn’t photograph that well…but he’s a champion and I’m so lucky to have him to learn from.  Riding a horse is like having a dancing partner.  Eddie is much more educated than I am and I keep stepping on his toes!  But he’s teaching me and I am taking lessons from a human as well, so I have faith that I am getting better and I will accomplish my goals. 
I’m so excited to have the opportunity to explore this passion and I am truly grateful.  This new man is going to be on my calendar for a long time!
 
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