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New sports = new ways to hurt myself


If you told me a year ago that I would be playing softball, trying out skateboarding and playing in an ultimate frisbee league I would have said you were crazy.  Yet this past weekend, I found myself doing all three of those things, admittedly with varying degrees of success.

I was pretty exhausted from my hike to Sandbeach Lake on Friday, but I got home and immediately had to head to my softball game.  Luckily I’m the catcher and this is a recreational league with my church, so it wasn’t too demanding of a game.  I was at least a contributing member of the team, and I scored one run.  I also learned an important lesson: you don’t have to slide into first base.  Of course I learned this after I slid into first base.  I was safe though, and I think that’s all that matters.

Recovery after hiking and softball.

On Saturday morning my friend Kate rolled up to my house to find my roommate and me skateboarding around our block.  I came home a few weeks ago to some skateboards in our entry way.  I assumed they were Cayce’s.  As it turned out, the skateboards were Gracie’s.  I’m sorry that I have the world’s coolest roommate who owns skateboards.  Anyway, I wasn’t completely terrible at skateboarding.  It was so fun too!  Gracie and I are hoping to get way better at skateboarding.  Later that evening I took my first big fall in the alley, but I still got back on the board.  It was a bad fall though.  I ended up with a piece of gravel in my arm and it did hurt.  Perhaps this is why my mom kept me away from sports involving balance and coordination.

Morning session.

Evening session.

As if my weekend wasn’t already full enough with softball and skateboarding (oh yeah and hiking), I had my first double header in the spring Mile High Ultimate Frisbee League on Sunday.  I previously played in the winter league and spent most of the games running around and trying to stay out of the way.  Maybe it’s because I now own a pair of cleats or maybe I just really improved in winter league but during our Sunday games I finally felt like I had a much better idea what I was doing.  I could see the cuts and get open for passes.

Love my cleats.

I’m no longer the newbie anymore, and our team has some people who have never played ultimate before.  However this isn’t actually a bad thing.  Everyone is super motivated to improve, and we even met early to run some passing drills before our games.  Plus our record is a solid 3-1 so far. I’m already signed up for Denver Summer Ultimate League too, and I really can’t wait.  I am starting to love ultimate.  And skateboarding and softball are a close second and third.

Don’t be afraid to try new sports.  You win some, you lose some, you fall down some – but you might end up finding something you really enjoy!


Author: paulamahla

Typical Colorado girl that can't make up her mind. Trail running, hiking, climbing, camping, CrossFit, ultimate frisbee, and skiing? E, all of the above.

2 thoughts on “New sports = new ways to hurt myself

  1. I think you are rocking it on the skateboard! We’ve had skateboards in our house forever – The Husband was a skater kid in HS – but I am yet to manage to scoot myself more than about 3 feet without nearly falling flat on my face. I suck. The skate shoes I wear lie…they are just comfy!

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