Friday, June 13, 2014

Ultimate Fun

Last week we managed to make it to ultimate frisbee, and it was a blast. It felt good to be back in the saddle, though as usual, it highlighted my lack of endurance. On the other hand, it's part of the process of getting back in shape, right? Several of us had been pondering how to get UF going again but our indecision made us sit around and do nothing. Finally LJ sent out a message on the listserv for people to come out and play, and that got the ball running. We were not there for it, but a good sized group showed up.

This week we decided to simply ride that momentum and show up, and sure enough, there was a nice-sized group out there, with a good mix of young and old, experienced and novice. There weren't too many aspiring pros so the competitive level was just right - not too intense, but high enough to make it challenging and fun. There were actually a fair number of little kids, and people were nice to include them in the mix.

The weather was perfect, temperate but sunny, and a good time was had by all. We played for a couple of hours and JM handled the torch over to me, of course, leaving me in charge of the cones that mark the field. I figured this would happen, but wasn't about to step forward and volunteer. Can you blame me?

A good time was had by all, and we had enough people to where we had three teams rotating in and out, so we could catch our breaths in-between. Plus, I think the really little kids had fun because we did our best to include them, and their parents were on the field to make sure this would happen, as any good parent would do. The final piece of the puzzle was that it was not too intensely competitive, so the atmosphere was really about having fun. There were, however, enough skilled players to make it a challenge, which is just the way we like it.

I got quite a workout, my legs are still sore... in a good way, of course. Until the next time, thanks for reading, and thanks to Raymond Rodriguez for the pic.

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