Monthly Archives: January 2008

ARE YOU READY?

32 days until The Classic Desert Rampage.  Are you ready?  I will only be ready if the forecast is warm and sunny so I can get rid of my ski goggle tan.  This is always a nice warm up race to size yourself up against people like Bart and Primetime.  The weather at this race is highly inconsistant and unpredictable, so pack your snowsuit and your swimsuit and you’ll be set.  Looking forward to catching up with all the racers and support crews as well as checking out Chauner’s ripped legs.   

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SHVIFTEENTEEN

DOWN 15 LBS.   58 TO GO!

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EGO BOOST

Tennis workout last week went amazingly well and I ended up recieving a much needed self confidence boost for going.  I was about to commit to staying home last Monday because I had convinced myself that I looked like too big of an idiot on the court.  I mustered up the desire to put fear to the wind and as Nike says: “just do it.” Wow, what I would have missed if I had listened to my head instead of my heart.  I would have missed an gut wrenching work out and the many compliments of the other players.  I was even asked to demonstrate my backhand to a man because he said I had such great form.  I never would expect anyone to use me as the demonstrator for skill.  I brought a smile to my face and I carried it with me all week.  I would have missed out on so many great things just because I was worried about being judged and disliked.  Reality: I was liked and exceeded thier expectations in good form. 

New rule: never miss out on greatness because of fear and self doubt. 

Check out the Australian Open on ESPN 2 at night to see some great tennis. 

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ONE MORE THING…

I know I said I was only going to post about cycling, skiing and tennis.  But there is one more thing…  Kday and I have started the Adoption process.  You might as well consider us “Paper Pregnant.”  I will let you contact me if you care to discuss it or anything, otherwise I’ll get back to the allowable topics of posts :0) 

Tennis was awesome!  I felt like a total fool when I realized that the 3.5 workout was “mixed” meaning men and women.  I just tried to stay off center court and remind myself that nobody knows my past or my name, so what does it matter if I look like a fool.
I made a few discoveries:
1: middle age men play tennis like they have something to prove to the world.  We all know that you have great big muscles and like to hit the ball hard, however, it doesn’t mean anything if the ball never goes in!

2: Most insecure middle aged men are the same in every sport.  Cycling: they are the first one’s off the line and hauling butt in their big ring up the first climb past all the spectators and as soon as they round the corner out of sight they blow up and lose the race.  Tennis: swearing and throwing your racket on the ground because you got aced, loses the match.   

3: men hate it when the fat girl shows up and casually kicks their trash. 

So here’s to all the men at my 3.5 workout,  ” Don’t worry, your manhood is not compromised by my ability to beat you in tennis. I am just out here having fun. It’s not the US Open, it’s not even a real tennis competition.  You paid $15 to be here and have someone hit a bunch of tennis balls at you so you could sweat a little.  Chill out and have a little fun already.”  

Did I mention…. I love tennis!

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FROM THE FEED ZONE TO THE DISCOMFORT ZONE

Sorry about the last few post topics.  Because it’s not cycling season right now I get a little off topic and since most people who read this blog are men… I know it freaks them out when a bike blog gets all touchy feely.  So back to cycling and tennis news. 

Out of the Comfort Zone:
I think the best lesson I learned in 07 was that it is scary as hell to face your discomforting fears in sports however, extremely rewarding.  Last year I donned the spandy’s and rode my bike in 3 century events.  I also started playing tennis and working out with a coach again despite my severely out of shape body and lack of skills.  I was never so proud of myself as I was last summer.  
So what will 08 hold?  Hopefully, a full century around mid summer and joining a 4.0 tennis league.  

Step one… I am going to a 3.5 tennis workout at Coach Mikes Tennis Academy in SLC tomorrow night.  Why is this so scary for an ex-NCAA tennis player?
A) I am still too fat to fit into any “tennis clothes” (so this is like showing up at a bike race as an expert in sweat shorts and a t-shirt on a really old bike)  
B) It has been so long since my last tennis workout and there is quite a learning curve to the whole process.  Certain drills require an increased knowledge of the way the coach runs the drill.  
I am sure I am freaking out for no reason, and really these reasons are not anything that should keep me from going.  But if I can’t express my fears here… then this blog wouldn’t be honest.  It has been a long time since I have been the kind of athlete that can casually walk into a tournament or even onto a tennis court with confidence that I won’t be made into a complete fool.  I think the majority of the Pro cyclists feel pretty confident at any ICUP event.  But the FIRST time you ever raced a Pro Norba National…. that’s how I feel every time I walk onto the court. ….. SO WORTH IT!

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