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It's been a long time since I've written. I've just been getting slammed at work, so I've been pretty lack lustre. Just a busy time...I wasn't allowed to take any time off work when J was home - except for one day. Other members of my team were away, so I got stuck behind.

I sprained my thumb pretty badly at basketball about 3 weeks ago (final game of my girls' team, Sunday night comp). I couldn't even hold a hairdryer properly or open jars. It's still a bit busted. It kind of put a dent in my weights workouts, cause I couldn't hold weights. Much sadness. But I went last week and it's doable (if a little awkward).

But even if my thumb was working, I have been feeling like I am in a major rut with my routines. Add in the cold winter and I have been very slack with my eating (and oh the drinking!). It's time to wind it in now - it's still fkn cold though, which means my motivation remains low too. Who wants to eat shredded cabbage + chicken breast when it's 15C? Not me. FUUUUUUUUUUU cabbage + the cold!! Hello hearty meals + red wine!

Anyway, I decided I needed to get out of this exercise rut. So when one of my friends posted on their facebook a few weeks ago that they were looking to get enough girls together to form an all girls dragonboating crew and asked if anyone was interested. It's something I always wanted to try, so I just threw myself into it and said yes and I did my first session last Saturday. I was freaking out a bit before I got there but when all was said and done, I absolutely loved it!! Even though it was hard work and I was unco to the max. It was also 8:15am on a Saturday morning 0______O I am not a morning person. Anyway, there was just something really beautiful about being out on the water in the morning with a bunch of people, working together as a team to get this thing going through the water. It seems quite social too (everyone gets coffee afterwards) and everyone was friendly. It wasn't a high intensity heart rate work out but I can tell you now, I've discovered muscles in my butt, back and shoulders which I never even knew I had. It even hurts when I sit down. I can hopefully make my second training session tomorrow night - I can't wait!! They train Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings, so I'm going to try and get to both sessions each week. Tuesdays might be harder because of work.

More than anything, it was a million times more interesting than using the damn rowing machine at the gym. J is going to come along too when he's back from his overseas adventures. Which will be so cool, cause we can get a running start on our weekend and do something together.

Separately, some guys at work need some more girls to play OzTag. I've never played before either - in fact, I've never played any pointy ball sports. But in the spirit of Trying New Things, I told them that I'd love to give it a go. I am also freaking out about passing and catching the pointy ball. I am hoping to get my Benji Marshall round the back trick pass downpat VERY soon. Basic catching and passing be damned. Anyway, wait and see if they need me...I'd love to give it a go!! I will lose my mind the very first time I score a try!!

My other basketball season starts up again soon, so I think my week will look like this for planned activities (provided work doesn't a ss me about):

  • Tuesday - Dragonboating training in the evening
  • Wednesday - Outdoor group training with guys at work - alternates between boxing and running each week
  • Thursday - Lunchtime Oztag (mixed)????
  • Friday - Lunchtime basketball (mixed)
  • Saturday - Dragonboating training in the morning
  • Sunday - Evening basketball (girls)


Which is infinitely more exciting than 4 x 30 minute sessions on the cardio machines. FUUUU cardio machines!

And then I've got to get to the gym and do weights 3 - 4 times a week. I would like to get back in the habit of doing workouts on Friday nights instead of going drinking. 3 - 4 times a week is going to be tricky if I'm doing all of those sports tho...but I guess I can just treat the basketball / oztag more as cardio. I can't see myself doing weights and THEN doing dragonboating though! I am not sure how it will all go....but it should be fun.

At the moment, I've only been getting to the gym 1 - 2 times a week to do weights at the moment and it's been good enough for maintenance/strength, but PSFG prime time is always summer. BOOOM.

...

I've been thinking a lot about my primary school sports teacher recently. She was quite a cow to anyone who wasn't a superstar at sports. When I was in primary school, I wasn't the best at sports, I couldn't swim all that well and I was shithouse at netball (which was the #1 girls sports at my school). That's not to say I got to high school and I was a super gun at sports either - the only sport I would do competitively was swimming (which I was actually got pretty good at even in my later years of primary school - but my sports teacher still thought I was pretty crap!). But I was ok at basketball, hockey, soccer...I still remained SHITHOUSE at netball though. People at work keep asking if I want to play netball and I tell them hellz no!!!!!!

I often wonder how many kids who hate sports are because of the way they are taught at school or because they had a teacher who wasn't very supportive or encouraging. Which would be such a shame. I could have easily been turned off sport and I could be missing out on all these cool things that I do.

You would think that all this sport would make me feel really healthy. But it actually just makes me feel a million years old. I still love it though. I can't wait for summer!!!

on 2010-10-04 12:10 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] catpuccino.livejournal.com
So sporty! I wish exercise gave me such a buzz that it made me keep on wanting to do it. Instead I'd rather sit at home and eat hot chips. Mmm... hot chips!!!

I'm really shit at netball too, but I keep on playing. However, I do find the rules a bit stupid.

I tried touch football and it was stupid (what's with the running backwards?? so dumb). Hope Oztag is better.

And I have no shoulder muscles, so even though I've heard dragon boating is fun, I think I'd be screaming in pain!

on 2010-10-04 12:46 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] nadz0r.livejournal.com
netball has the most ridiculous moves. it's so counter intuitive - that's why i hate it!!!!!

i think oztag is quite similar to touch, just with different shorts.

you should back yourself on dragonboat though - i am quite fit, but it's all different muscles. but there are ppl of all different age and fitness :)

on 2010-10-04 10:38 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] cheekyvixen.livejournal.com
I agree with the sports teacher thing, in primary school i really tried to get into team sports but i think my teachers ALWAYS told me to sit on the sidelines and i never got picked for anything. So i just stuck to the individual sports like Running and swimming. i still kinda freak out in team sport situations!

on 2010-10-05 01:28 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] nadz0r.livejournal.com
i think part of the reason why i am so SHITHOUSE at netball is that because I was bad, I always ended up being assigned Wing Defence and I never improved and always remembered being really bored, because inevitably the ball would never come into my half.

as someone who wasn't a crazy team sports person when I was younger, I must say there is NOTHING better. I love it! If you ever get the chance, you should just give it a go.

on 2010-10-05 01:13 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] emush.livejournal.com
Dragonboating is a grrrrreeeeaaaaat form of exercise! You're not rowing for the Mavs are you?

on 2010-10-05 01:35 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] nadz0r.livejournal.com
no, but i did see the mavs out there today. my friend is a member of Different Strokes, which is a gay/lesbian club (and of course, friends/family/queer friendly peeps too) and they are trying to get enough girls to start an all girls squad. i went again tonight! i hurt already! i love it!!

on 2010-10-06 01:48 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] emush.livejournal.com
Good on ya mate. I love it too (although I haven't been in a while, boo)

on 2010-10-05 06:09 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] penelly.livejournal.com
I think bad PE teachers have a lot to answer for. I suspect they are largely to blame for a lot of people's disinterest in physical activity in sport. They only seemed to ever care about the sporty kids and did little to encourage anyone who wasn't already fit and keen.

dragon boating always looks so fun! I have some other friends that are really into it, and you can tell that everyone's really friendly and cool. :)

on 2010-10-05 01:37 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] nadz0r.livejournal.com
yeah it's such a shame isn't it? it's like you say, some kids are just born fit and keen! other kids are still learning, developing...may not have parents who have played much sport with them.

my junior school teacher clearly had pets (i wasn't one of them haha). i had some good teachers in senior school though.

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