Bonus Outdoor – Amazing Number Four!

OMG – it’s the rarest of “Funky Chicken” footbag videos ever: I’m. Wearing. A. SHIRT!

It’s hard to believe I’ve been blogging about my footbag experiences for over a year now. I was kicking outdoors on Stankowski Field just before Thanksgiving 2008. This is part of why I started my footbag blog. Now I can see the pressure of posting videos has actually improved the add ratio of my rallies (marginally) during that time. W00T! I’ll take that. Other tidbits: my average rally length for posted videos is still only about 30 contacts. The “single best rally of the session” approach of my videos, while quick and easy, is getting a bit boring. I might have to mix it up a bit. But… Gawd I love playing footbag freestyle!
It was chilly enough I had to put on a shirt. Crazy! Old timers know this: I’ve almost never worn a shirt when I kick. They just get saturated with sweat and get in the way of the footbag. But I make compromises to kick. At my age, every session is a gift. That I can still do this, that I am still doing this, brings so much joy to my heart. Posting vids of barely 2-add ratio runs seems lame compared to today’s freestyle monsters. I’ve got 2 broken legs compared to Vasek, the young punk, or Davidson, a hardcore shredder almost my age. But… whatever. If “most fun” counts, I’m still in the running.
I enjoy kicking more today than I ever have. Retirement – whatever the heck that means – suits me well. My time, my focus, my goals, my results. The terror of the judge’s table has faded away, leaving only the sheer joy of kicking. I may be declining in technical ability, but I’m still getting better at choreography. That’s what I want, and I’m happy.
One more note about the circle preachers. A couple of younger guys were out there today. I spent the first 40 minutes kicking nearby, waiting for them to leave. When they moved aside and sat down, I checked to see if they were done with the circle. Yes. But then one of the guys changed his mind and wanted to preach some more. He finally compromised by kicking with me and preaching to me for over 20 minutes. Bless his heart, he was actually pretty good with the basics! I’m trying really hard to establish a good relationship with these people; my access to Speaker “Hacky” Circle depends on it. Things are going well with them so far.
Oh, one last thing: 2:15 out there today. I kept kicking until my legs started cramping. Minus the time I spent circle kicking with the preacher and another guy, I’m calling this session 2 hours even. 53:45 for the year. How close to 60 can I get?
Thanks for tuning in!

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