When I was in high school… I hated Physical Education. PE sucked. I had played baseball in elementary school, but somehow lost any sort of desire to be ‘athletic’ in high school.
What I wanted was to be cool and to fit in. (ok, stop laughing, I know, I know – I could have had more friends if I had joined something like school sports)
At any rate. I hated PE so much I failed grade 8 PE. Twice. Yep, you heard me. I failed twice.
HOW, you ask, does one fail PE? Don’t you just have to show up and participate?
That’s the thing. You have to participate. And if you don’t have a gym strip, you don’t get to participate. 5 times of no gym strip… and you fail.
I did this two years in a row. (yay me!)
During PE, I hated the runs. I hated long distance running with a passion. My legs would burn, my lungs would burn and I wasn’t fast at all. I would walk, take shortcuts, do anything to get out of it as fast as possible. (If I knew we had a run that day, *oops* I forgot my gym strip – hence failing)
So what made me think that roller derby would be a good fit?
I guess I just thought that it couldn’t be *that* hard – after all – I’ve roller bladed (lets ignore the fact that the last time I did that I was 100lbs lighter) and I was ok with that.
My point is, when I first started, I didn’t realize how hard it was. I didn’t realize how much I would have to push it.
I found this article. Its all true. You can skate whether you’re 95lbs or 195lbs or in my case, 275lbs. I wish I had been in better shape before I had started though.
As we come into the New Year, I have 3 goals:
1. Get to a healthy weight. This means losing about 130lbs.
2. Pass the freaking skillz test in mid-February.
3. Run a 5k. I may never ever run again after that 5k, but I want to prove to myself that I can.
I am looking forward to realizing my goals.
What goals do you have set for yourself?