Can I just say how much I love the Olympics?
I just finished watching this morning’s women cycling road race and, despite being a nearly 4 hour event, I found myself oddly entertained and on the edge of my seat watching the entire time. I watched a good majority of yesterday’s men’s road race, too.
Derek sat next to me the whole time wondering why the heck we were watching cycling. To be fair, I sat through the men’s basketball game this morning. Yawn.
ESPN plays 24/7 in this house. Basketball, baseball, football, and even golf – Derek loves them all (and I lovingly sit next to him on the couch and try my best to learn to love them too). The truth is I didn’t grow up on any of those sports. ESPN was never on in our house, and the few games I did see were far and few in between. I think it’s fun to see those games in person, but watching them on TV doesn’t have quite the same entertaining appeal.
So why would I sit through a televised 4-hour cycling road race? Part of me believes it’s my uncanny ability to get caught up in the Olympic spirit, but the other part thinks it’s the fact that I actually know this sport (or pretend to know it).
I can’t tell you how many times Derek has gone “OMG! Did you see that?!” during a baseball game, then proceeded to rewind the game and explain why the “OMG” move was so impressive. I usually nod my head and go “yep,” but usually I’m not impressed. So he can throw a really fast ball – I thought all professional baseball players did? Isn’t that why they’re getting paid to do that? <- he usually rolls his eyes at that one.
I don’t know baseball. At all. I can respect the players for what they do, but I’ve never played a game, so it’s harder to relate. Derek has played baseball. He grew up going to the games and knows the ins and outs of the sport. It’s his thing.
I didn’t grow up cycling, but in the past two years I’ve learned a little about the sport. I watched the cyclists today in complete awe. My legs ached yesterday trying to hold 16mph for 30 miles (hey, I never said I was fast!), these women were holding over 24 mph for 87 miles. That’s impressive. Not only that, they looked strong out there. I loved hearing their background stories, I could appreciate the gorgeous London landscape they were riding through, and I was inspired when any of them would jump right back up after a fall or having to change out a flat tire. It was amazing.
I also have a new appreciation for swimming this year. I’ve always enjoyed watching the swimming portion (guys in speedos – hello! – they’re also shorter races, which makes it a little easier to keep my attention), but after a year of learning a thing in the pool, I can actually see what makes these swimmers so great. Now it isn’t just the fast times and hot bods that impress me – it’s their amazing form and the way their strokes stretch and look effortless.
I love the Olympics because they bring out these sports that sort of get swept under the carpet the rest of the 4 years in between (I know each of these sports has their own major events, but they don’t have as much coverage as the major team sports do).
The Olympics really are perfectly timed this year. They always inspire me, but this year I have something to funnel that inspired energy to. As my training for my 70.3 begins next month, I’ll be thinking of all the Olympic cyclists, swimmers, triathletes, and runners. They’re dedication to the sports they love is my inspiration to get out there and kick my own butt.
I know the games have only just begun, but I’m already feeling pumped. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the two weeks have to bring!
What are your must-watch Olympic events?
Derek and I attended a surprise baby shower for one of his co-workers at a local Mexican restaurant this afternoon. I consumed an unknown number of chips and salsa (late lunch time + delayed ordering of food due to a large group = chips were my very best friend) and had the avocado and enchiladas for lunch.
The enchiladas were delicious, as was the jicama/carrot/mango salad on the side. I ate every bite.
A chocolate cake came out of the back for dessert.
Derek and I finally left the restaurant at 4:00 and hit up Jos A Banks on our way back to our car. The sales associates were pretty amazing with answering all of our questions and I think we may have found our suits.
Still deciding on ties though.
I’ll fill in all the details on the Wedding Page later this week. We managed to negotiate a pretty good deal, which makes me very happy.
Thanks to our late lunch, I wasn’t really hungry for dinner. I ended up making a bowl of cereal with plain greek yogurt and berries and calling it a night.
Sometimes cereal for dinner is A-ok.
I’m off to watch women’s gymnastics.
(Once upon a time I was a gymnast too, only I was really, really bad. These girls ROCK.)