I’m not a natural
athlete. Don’t get me wrong, I train hard and do everything I can to improve,
but it isn’t easy and it certainly isn’t fast.
When I decided to
return to derby a few months ago I was overweight by about 35lbs (16kg) and was
carrying the burden of an injury with me, so while I wanted to succeed, I also
wanted to be realistic.
This created what I
call my Show Up Goal. Basically all I wanted to do was commit to myself that I
would show up to practice twice a week and hit the gym twice a week. Pretty
much all I had to do was put on the appropriate clothes and show up.
Seriously, if all I
have to do is show up, how can I fail?
What I didn’t
expect were the happy side effects that come with showing up. A few months
later my fitness is improving, I’m down 22lbs (10kg), I have passed minimum
skills, and every time I get on skates I get better at something. Woot!
What this taught
me, was that by eliminating the pressure to excel, I had room to remain
conservative with my hopes but didn’t provide any room for excuses. Many will say we need to push ourselves or that we
all need goals for things to improve upon and I do agree that we need goals. However, when you are new to derby or
returning from injury think about giving the show up goal a try.
It’s really quite a
gift to know that as soon as you lace on those skates, you have already had at
least one victory in your day.