Recipe for Middle Aged Disaster

So I joined up to play in an over-40 soccer league.  I’m thinking, "Hey, I’m on the younger end of that spectrum so how bad can it be?"  I played the first couple of games and discovered how truly out of shape I am.  Since I haven’t played competitive soccer in over 23 years and I’ve put on more pounds than I’d like to admit, those 40 yard sprints ain’t to easy to recover from.  So this week when they asked me to play goalie I thought, "Hey, why not?  At least I won’t feel like I’m gonna pass out after five minutes."

Sunday I stepped into goal and little did I know that the team we were facing was a perennial power in the league.  Thus I found myself flopping around like a fish on land as I went after shots, crosses, through balls, etc.  I really enjoyed it, but yesterday when I woke up I felt like someone had beat me with a 2×4. Then on top of that I got hit with a mild case of the flu bug which engendered me not venturing too far from the facilities all day long.  By last night I had the shakes something fierce and all I could do was lie in bed under several blankets with a heating pad on my lower back.

Thankfully a good night’s sleep seems to have cured all that ails me, with the notable exception that I’m still over-40 and wondering why I can’t party like its 1984.

3 thoughts on “Recipe for Middle Aged Disaster

  1. yarddawg

    This will take some time to set up but try this. I’m well over 50 and went to the local YMCA for an assessment of my physical condition. My ” instructor” suggested I immediately start out with a work out on some weight machines,upper and lower body. You log on to each machine. He suggested I do 15 reps on the machines and do 3 sets each on day one! I did only 1 set of 15 reps only. After I finished the roughly 20 minute set you get to see the data of what you lifted in total. My data was over 10,000 lbs.
    The next day and the next day and next day and for the next week I was convinced that death was near. I haven’t been back yet but I will and with a much less agressive, and this time, self prescribed program of less weight, less repititions and hopefully more common sense.

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  2. Rhea

    I’m 49 and have always loved softball. A long time ago, maybe when I was around 30 I played and pulled a muscle in my arm. I just can’t do it anymore. Well, maybe if I warmed up. But I’m too stubborn. I think I should just be able to jump right in.

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  3. Rhea

    I’m 49 and have always loved softball. A long time ago, maybe when I was around 30 I played and pulled a muscle in my arm. I just can’t do it anymore. Well, maybe if I warmed up. But I’m too stubborn. I think I should just be able to jump right in.

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