@lseeber I was listening to an interview with Tony Hawk recently. They asked how it was he was still skateboarding so well “at his age.” He commented 1. He wouldn’t if he wasn’t practicing ~6 days a week and 2. He gets injured more.
It’s life, do what you like and enjoy, don’t worry what you can’t do anymore. I used to run a 7.5 min mile in cross country running in high school (80’s) so not athletic then, now I am thrilled when I break 10 minute mile average.
I don’t consider myself an athlete because I’ve never been paid to do it and I can’t claim anything close to the D1 and semi-pro players against whom I’ve competed informally. But I’m comfortable saying I’m athletic.
Spent the a large part of my childhood playing basketball and baseball with my brother and kids around the neighborhood.
Started playing organized sports (soccer) in 3rd or 4th grade. In 5th and 6th, they did a few rounds of drafts for the rec league coaches to help make teams even, and I was drafted in the first round (might have been #1 overall one year?).
Through junior high and high school, I played basketball, soccer, football, and tennis (lettered in soccer and tennis). The varsity tennis team went undefeated in the regular season my senior year (I was #3).
Picked up volleyball in late high school and found a good partner. We’d routinely join 6v6 leagues as a pair and do well, even winning a few.
Picked up golf during the initial Tiger Woods fervor. Took one class in college and played 2-3 times a year since. My handicap is around 15.
Tried snow skiing for the first time at 24. In the Rockies, stayed on greens for the first day, then went to blues on day two and a few blacks on day three, never falling. My first fall was years later on “day five” when attempting moguls for the first time.
After stupidly taking several years off from athletics, I discovered ultimate frisbee. After a year of organized play, a club team let me join, and we made a regionals run. Ended the season ranked third in the state and 101st in the nation.
My ultimate team had a combine to start the season. At 36, I came in first in all the speed events (70m dash, 10/20 shuttle, T-drill, etc.) against players mostly in their late 20’s.
But I can definitely see the end coming. My father is an actual athlete (declined an invitation to be a D1 college football player), and we’ve talked about the longer recovery times, more frequent injuries, and loss of quickness that I’m experiencing. I’m going to keep going as long as I can because there’s nothing I enjoy more.
@cengland0 I almost said that in my post. Most people can get on a broke down trail horse and stay on.
Riding a crazy little bucking bastard is a different story. I’m surprised in the 20ish years around horses that I only had three breaks. I was just telling a coworker today about some of the crazy horses the ranch I rode at put me on so I could get better at riding and they could have me essentially train the horses.