March 25, 2007

Why getting old sucks, part 8741

A month ago, I joined (with a teacher buddy of mine) an adult soccer league. I had to miss the first two weeks due to the skin cancer excision I had; however, the last two weeks (when I've played) I've come home in all sorts of pain! My bud had asked me if I was interested in joining the team 'cause I had played goalkeeper back in junior high and a bit of high school, and I always play in the staff-student soccer game we have every year at our school.

However, I'm now in my 43rd year of existence, and this is an adult league. We play in the "B" division -- guys who're generally older and hence a bit slower -- but there are some teams with quite a few spry young lads with prodigious talent. Last week, I felt like I fractured a rib diving for a shot in the far left corner. (Thankfully, the shot missed!) All week that damn rib hurt, but by today it was feeling OK. That didn't last long. We played a former "A" division team this morning, and in my opinion they should still be in that division. I was shelled virtually right from the start, but the second half was worse, as our [older] guys were winded and beat (including yours truly, for sure!). Final score: a 5-1 loss, and in the process I re-aggravated my rib. But worse was having my left wrist bent all the way back on a rocket-velocity shot late in the game. Save made, but now my wrist is swollen to at least twice its size! ARRRGH!

15, even 10 years ago I could do this with minimal pain and fatigue. Hence the title of my post. And I HATE IT, you hear me? I HATE IT!!

Posted by Hube at March 25, 2007 12:46 PM | TrackBack

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You sound like one of my coworkers. He's under 30 and played keeper in an adult league. Once he stopped a ball wrong and broke some fingers, the force of the ball pushed his pinky down to his wrist. His wife forced him to give it up because of the injuries.

Posted by: Jeff the Baptist at March 26, 2007 09:14 AM

Wow, under 30?? I wish I was that young again. Then, my recovery time would be about half what it is now.

I already e-mailed our coach and bowed out of this week's game 'cause of the wrist. Now, with Easter, I'll get three weeks to heal up! ;-)

Posted by: Hube at March 26, 2007 08:42 PM