Thursday, March 17, 2011

I'm Back at It, Baby

This morning I played in my first ever tennis match.  This is huge for me.

Despite being generally active (and liking the outdoors), I've never been what you would call athletic. And team sports? My sister can corroborate: the Odom girls do not do team sports. Too much chance of jamming a finger or somebody ending up crying. Yes, there are moments from my brief childhood church softball career that still haunt me.  Like the time I was in the outfield and managed to catch a fly ball.  I was so surprised and thrilled that I just stood out there doing a special little dance instead of throwing to second base.  It was awkward.  Watching adults try to restrain themselves from pointing out my mistakes was not my idea of a good time.  Better to go inside and play Trivial Pursuit.

Yet last winter, I let Normal Neighbor talk me into getting on a beginners' tennis team she was starting.  During my first team practice, I pulled a muscle in my butt.  I felt like such a jock!  Glutes!  GLOOTS!  I practiced for several weeks before getting sidetracked by the whole breast cancer shebang.  I had to quit before I ever got to play.

But spring doubles has started back up, and we got together for practice yesterday and had our first match today. Boy did I miss Normal Neighbor at the first practice. She was our team captain before she had to quit and deal with her own cancer stuff, and I needed her out there to put up with my shaky serve and gossip during water breaks.

And today we had our first match.  I was put in line 5, which means I'm mathematically the worst player on the team. My partner was very sweet, though, and our opponents, Misty and Christy (no joke) were also newbies.

Y'all, it was really fun.  We lost, but I had some good moments, I really did.  I'm not uniformly bad in all areas.  I think the 30 Day Shred really helped me. I ran around and didn't get tired.

One especially super awesome moment was when I had to yell out to our team captain, across another court, "HEY WENDY, IS IT OKAY IF I SERVE UNDERHAND? THAT'S LEGAL, RIGHT?"  Everyone from the other team paused and looked over to see the Venus Williams in their midst.

Then I served underhanded, the ball was in, and we played the point.  I heard my name being called.  I turned back to see the captain and my other teammates shaking their heads.  "No, Becky," they called out. "You can't bounce it for a serve."  Oops.

You see, at an earlier point in my life that might have been embarrassing.  But somehow my self-image is unassailable by that kind of thing. We all laughed.  

Live and/or learn.  

It was really fun. I was happy just to play and I can't wait to get better.  Another plus is that, in this league, there is major food after the match.  I already hold a Grand Slam title in women's snacking and I will be defending it vigorously.

13 comments:

christina said...

ooh i'm jealous. i'm a tennis fanatic. like, i'm streaming it on espn 3 as we speak. but i'm too wimpy to actually play against a human person that i'm not married to. i might be getting inspired, though . . .

Amy said...

This really made me laugh. Live and/or learn! I like to say GLOOTS! and pretend I'm an athlete too. We really must be related.

Good onya for getting out there! Especially considering how you initially just got into it for the cute skirts. It sounds like a fun, good natured group (thank God). That's silly about no underhand serving...you should totally appeal that decision.

Kelly said...

Yay! Now we just have to get Matt to play and we can have a doubles match! Let me know the next time you have a home match and C and I can come cheer you on!

Jessica Gottlieb said...

Oh please. I'm a tennis devotee and I'll be the first to admit that I'm just in it for the skirts.

Becky said...

I will not lie. The skirts are a huge thing. I may become one of my suburban sisters who stays in her tennis clothes all day.

Kelly, let's do it! Only we have to mix up the WooHam teams or you guys would slaughter us.

baumbick said...

You go girl!!!!!

M said...

Best. Sport. Ever. For all of the reasons you cite and then some. The skirts don't seem to do me justice, however. I might need a tennis dress, preferably with a dropped waist, or maybe even a tennis tunic. I'm gonna guess I'm beyond a shred at this point.

Glad you found your groove!

Mary

Elizabeth said...

This made me laugh aloud. Please don't come back and start telling us about the tennis fashions you'll be wearing. There is a cult of tennis ladies out here in LA, and their outfits are astonishing to me.

Jenni said...

Go on, girl!

Suburban Princess said...

That sounds like so much fun! I dont know anyone who plays so I havnt bothered in years - seems silly to just bounce balls to no one!

Amy said...

I was Generally Amused until I got to "women's snacking" ... at which point I went to Laughing Aloud. That's one event in which I consider myself a serious contender and I'll take you on there, lady, Shred or no Shred.

K said...

I'm proud! I'm with you on the generally active, but not so good with sports thing.

Aimee said...

Ooh, fun! I've never really been active, generally or otherwise, until this whole gym-weightloss-shebang, but tennis is SO fun when you're not playing with overly-competitive people. Have a great time in your season!