Since last week's stomach bug or whatever it was, I was so disappointed that I missed out on the Tennis Clinic the Thursday before last. And last night wasn't looking too promising either at first. We had a pretty bad thunderstorm roll through and I knew that the director of the Tennis Center would cancel the session if it was raining (I had emailed him earlier to ask him just that...). The skies had cleared just enough around 6:30 so I made the ultimate decision to go ahead and head to the center a bit early. I wasn't sure how traffic would be.
I'm usually really, really on time for places or really, really last minute. This time around I was really early. I ended up being about 40 minutes earlier than the start time of 7:30. So I doddled around in the truckster and played some Candy Crush to kill some time. Finally around 7:15, I made my way over to the Pro Shop where I would meet the group for the New Player's Clinic. As I was walking from my car across the little bridge, I ran across my arch-enemies...
|"Honk, we will keel you, Desireé!"|
Apparently, all the time that I've been playing casual tennis, I've been holding the racket incorrectly. He gave me some homework to do - practice forehand and backhand in a mirror 50 times each.
Anyway, back to the lesson. We went through each of the above mentioned drills and before I knew it, an hour was up and I was drenched. My foot/ankle felt good and there were no problems there. It was so much fun and I had an absolute blast! I asked Ronnie what's next and he said I can just keep showing up for the clinics.
There won't be another league until the Spring, so until then I plan on working on form and just practicing. There are also some round-robins/practice sessions I can sign up for that happen on Saturday mornings that I may start checking out soon. And if I can't find anyone to play with, Chris did say that he would throw some tennis balls for me to hit. But we will see! There is also something called "Cardio Tennis" that looks like it may be a fun way to burn some calories too.
|Yep, that was quite a workout!|
So, as it stands, I might have found my "thing". I tolerate running. I like the elliptical. But I think I LOVE tennis. And since I can't really do anything like play basketball or softball anymore since they are considered contact sports and that's a big no-no for me according to my doctor, I can easily see this becoming a habit for me. I enjoyed it so much!
And since this post has been cat-less, here's a pic of Ozzy, just because! :)
What is your favorite sport? Do you make the time to play it?
September Exercise Minutes - 374/1500