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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

The Agony:

It's been eight years (at least) since I picked up my softball equipment and played competitively. Well, I figured since I now live in Texas (with its perpetual warm weather compared to the frozen tundra of New England), I would sign up for a nice recreational C-league. My employer just happens to have a team or two, so that is convenient.

Well, last night was our first game, and the other team only had four guys show up. So, after the forfeit was officially "written into the books" (an aside: I never actually saw the "books". In fact, I am suspicious that they even exist) , we decided to scrimmage amongst ourselves. The consequence of that was that I had to play the same position for 45 minutes without retiring to the dugout. That position - catcher.

Now those of you out there that maintain an active lifestyle might well have no idea what atrophied muscles feel like when they are put into unanticipated and unusual positions. Needless to say, my legs and back were not up to the task of being contorted for such a period of time as if required to handle about 100 softball pitches.

When it was finally my turn to bat, the spasms in my legs were so pronounced, I could barely stand in the batter's box. Fortunately, I wielded a 28 ounce bat, which allowed me to swing freely without relying on much leg strength. This morning, I can barely move... which might explain why I am sitting here blogging instead of attending to the IT needs on our shop floor.

Anyway, some advice from one former-athlete-turned-couch-potato to another (assuming that you are one, too): never crouch in a catching position for longer than 5 minutes at a time, and for the love of all that is holy, stretch those quads and lower back muscles for at least 15 minutes before next week's game.


.: posted by Dave 9:44 AM

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