One door closing and another opening
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One door closing and another opening

Well, I've been a bit ill the last couple of days. I actually had to take time off from work. It was one of those things that if I had not gotten my flu shot I would be down for the count. I honestly believe that the shot saved me from a horrible bout of the flu. As it was I spent several somewhat misserable days arguing with my stomach and sleeping for 14 - 18 hours at a time ... oh and feeling like a semi truck had run me over. But yesterday I awoke with a spring in my step and energy in my veins. So what did I do with all that renewed sense of life... I cleaned the house and did the laundry of course!
The question of me playing football this year has been taken out of my hands... the Reno Reapers have withdrawn from playing this season. We signed 30 players and only about 8 showed up to practice. That is just horrible odds. There was no way with our season as full as it was to teach everyone how to play if no-one came to practice. Football, like any other team sport needs to be practiced profusely to be learned. I'm heartbroken. I was really looking forward to this season. Now... well one door has shut so another must open. I suppose I will wait and see what the powers that be have in store for me.
Maybe this just gives me more time to concentrate on my own personal goal this year. I was having some trouble deciding how I was going to reconcile them. What is my own goal you ask.... well... I want to try and qualify for the Cross Fit games next January in the Masters division. For those that dont know what a Masters division is it is a nice way of saying old folks division. I am over 50 now and that means that I qualify for the Masters division. Others of you may be asking 'What is Cross Fit?' Well now Cross Fit is an insane workout program and yet as insane as it is it is also practical and simple. Cross Fit works out every muscle in your body by using, for the most part, your own body weight. They dont perform sets of 3 with 10 reps each, they just go until they fail or they chase the clock or in the case of actual running they go for a specific distance. It's never a long distance, I've never gone more than 200 yards... but it does get you into shape.
I am clearly a huge advocate for Cross Fit. The reason is because... I'll make this short... last year I couldnt even do a squat. I couldnt make my hip cooperate. It was rocking indipendantly because when I was 27 I broke my back when I was thrown from a horse at a rodeo. I landed awkwardly on my hip, it twisted and broke my back... and a few other things like paralyzing my right leg and stuff but thats another part of the story. When my hip twisted the tendons and such that hold it in place pulled, stretched and ripped. We never fixed them. Fast forward to now, my hip is held in place by muscles and when I'm lazy and dont work out regularly then they get soft and my hip just rocks back and forth with no real place to be. Hence I could not do a squat. In comes Cross Fit and my trainer (well she can be anyone's trainer) CJ. She was patient and worked with me by encouraging me. At first I was scared, I had no idea how out of shape I had become or how frightening it was when suddenly a body that had once done so much now could not even squat to the floor (not to mention other things). I was embarrassed at first but when I let go of my fear of being seen as.... I dont know... old... unfit.... weak... anyway when I let it go I improved quickly. Honestly CJ and Cross Fit gave me back my life.
Okay getting to now, I have roughly a year... 11 months to get into not just good shape but excellent shape. I need to be able to do all of the little things that Cross Fit contestants can do. Things like touching my toes to a bar that I'm hanging from, climbing a rope (last time I did that I tore my ankle to hell and beyond) and all sorts of other little things that I can do better. My Doctor released me today to go back to Cross Fit so as soon as my Tax comes in so I can settle a few accounts, so I can afford the extra luxury... I'm going back.
Now back to doors closing and others opening. The cancellation of football also opens up considerable time to persue writing opportunities and I can spend more time with the ELI group. Although the cancellation of football also means that ELI will not be at our games making money. So I will have to think of something else that can help them. Perhaps it is time to do some signings at the local book stores. But first ELI and I need to make some dual book marks, something that will advertise us both. Hmmm..... anyone out there got any good ideas on how to promote and generate cash for the ELI group? Let me know. Gotta go now.
Be good to each other.

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