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Old 12-05-07, 02:58 AM   #1
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Your greatest competitive/athletic accomplishment(s)

Including on a bike, whether it be a long distance tour such as crossing a continent, a race against a pro, or on a pro team. Or a mountain climb, snow skiing, hang gliding, dog sledding, badminton, checkers, Go Fish...

Probably my first best accomplishment was at age 11 and being the only one of 5 (including my brother and cousins) to get up on water ski's on the first attempt. See, in our family, water skiing was a rite of passage. My Dad and his brother's were HS and college sports stars, and all were excellent skiers, so we kids had a lot of pressure on us to do well. Leading up to that day I had read an article in Boys Life about how to water ski. I practiced the seating and step-by-step positioning that was recommended in the article. On the way to the lake that morning I told everyone I would get up first try. "Oh really! And what makes you say that?" "I read about it in a magazine." They all laughed. Being the youngest of the group, I was vindicated by doing just what I said I would do after watching all four before me struggle and fall on their face and asses. Had I known about head nods and gangsta hand symbols, I would have been nodding and flashing at them behind the boat that morning. "Yo fools, look at your boyeee!"

Another would have been my first single day century+ ride at age 15 on a heavy Schwinn touring bike loaded with 20+ lbs of camping gear. The last 30 miles felt epic. Wracked with soreness and exhaustion, there was no question of reaching our lakeside destination. It was either that or death! We finally reached the Great Lake shore as the sun was setting. We sat in the sand wordlessly for a long time before washing up and finding some food within walking distance, then plopped down in the sand and fell asleep like dead dogs. Within a few hours of waking up the next morning we were back on the road for another 50miles to where one of the rider's older sister was camping along a lake with friends. Can you say crazy teen beer party?

My Go Fish story just happened this past Thanksgiving when I taught the 7 yr old daughter of friends how to "properly" play that simple card game. She beat me 8 out of 10 times. Not a personal best, but a proud moment of watching the birth of a true competitor.

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Old 12-05-07, 03:50 AM   #2
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Wearing my trackie dacks backwards at some gippsland tennis tournament back in the day. They all laughed so hard I reckon they considered giving me a trophy for it. That or the time I got to pull on the Big V to smash the croweaters.
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Old 12-05-07, 03:55 AM   #3
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Glory days. My senior year in HS I scored 8 pts in the final quarter of the state basketball championship, helping my team complete an undefeated season. In an earlier tournament that year I had a reverse dunk in traffic and two game-saving three point goals.

I have to admit that since I quit playing basketball competitively, I've been a pretty average athlete.
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Old 12-05-07, 06:24 AM   #4
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Won a heat at Florence Motor Speedway, 3rd in feature in Mini-stocks.
Won a heat at Myrtle Beach Speedway, in a street stock. I wrecked severely in the feature and haven't raced cars since.
3rd at the local military base bike race. I still can't figure out how I beat 245 Marines. The starting field was 260, but only 15 civilians, and civilians took the top 6 overall positions with the worst finishing civilian coming in 22nd.
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Old 12-05-07, 07:04 AM   #5
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I won the 6th grade Frisbee golf tournament and 7th grade bike rodeo (can't believe I used to be able to trackstand on my SS coaster).

Not a sport accomplishment, but a competitive one: I won first place in my 5th grade's book-writing contest. It was, by the way, a story about sports.

I ran track in HS, mostly 110 and 220 sprints and hurdles (and some high-jumping). I ran my first and only ever 440 in 69.9 seconds. No, not a great time (I won my heat, but took 4th or 5th overall, so no ribbon), but I was told it was pretty good for someone tapped to run it at the last minute....
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Old 12-05-07, 07:10 AM   #6
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I was 13. It was my first speed skating meet with my new. kangaroo hide skates. I had got them earlier that month but the coach didn't think I was ready for them until this day.

My first event was a 3 lap race followed by a 5 lap and then a 7 lap. I killed everyone.
My next event was a mixed relay - we won.
My next event was a two man relay - we won.
My next event was a four man relay - we won.
My last event was an open race. 25 laps, 25 guys going all out. Me and three mates were up front. I led the race for several laps. But on the last lap my two mates passed me and another guy followed. I was holding fourth and we were at the last corner. I suddenly heard a whistle and saw the third place guy foul out and I crossed the line in 3rd. THAT was the greatest race I had. All the other wins didn't hold up to this one. Mainly because I was the youngest and shortest in the field. It was awesome.
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Old 12-05-07, 07:12 AM   #7
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When I was probably around 12 or so I once caught a fly ball in right field with my eyes closed since I was afraid of it hitting me. Pretty pathetic

[ed]Actually I did do a solo kayak trip up the Damariscotta river in Maine (~20 miles). Longest trip I ever did solo and studied the lay of the river for about three days before I left. Had seals swimming with me, running ahead to point out the rocks, chatted with the lobstermen. Awesome time.
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Old 12-05-07, 07:16 AM   #8
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Whoa. Three meant the most to me.

One has to do with a show/competition in martial arts with my kicking - another part of it was sparring/grappling.

The other one has to do with racing autocross.

The third one has to do with pursuit driving.

Dang. Good memories.
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Old 12-05-07, 07:24 AM   #9
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39 beers in 16 hours...

Athletic? Not really...

Competitive? Yes... (I didn't win, though)
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Old 12-05-07, 07:32 AM   #10
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won a club race, 43 miler, there were some pro's with us. I was cat4. stomped them at the line. t'was good. my first year racing. I was already strong as hell I guess.


I was going to be on my way to fast track up to cat 2, but a quadriceps muscle severing crash in another race ruined my aspirations to become a pro.
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Old 12-05-07, 07:33 AM   #11
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39 beers in 16 hours...

Athletic? Not really...

Competitive? Yes... (I didn't win, though)
well done!


must consume more beer than guy on the internet......
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Old 12-05-07, 10:03 AM   #12
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I was the first girl to ever pole vault for my high school. After I graduated I then coached for 2 years at my high school in sprints and vault.
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Old 12-05-07, 10:12 AM   #13
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I won a board game once when I was seven.
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Old 12-05-07, 10:14 AM   #14
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Squatted 400lbs once...will never do that again. I walked around like I had a corn cob up my bunghole for about 3 days afterwards.
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Old 12-05-07, 10:18 AM   #15
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I got out of bed this morning. Does that count?
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I ran a mile in 8:30.
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Old 12-05-07, 10:27 AM   #17
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I don't have too many sports accomplishments but here are a few.

Ran HS track.
Played HS hockey.
Played for the University club hockey team
Scored 2 goals in one game at the NC State Games

Played centerfield for 4 City of Raleigh Championship softball teams (out of 250 teams)
Could throw a football 60 yards on a line. (never played organized football though)
Set my HS record for distance in baseball throw (as a freshman)

Won 2 Whitewater Slalom races in my C1
Won 1 Whitewater Slalom race in C2

In cycling, I have never raced but have completed 2 tours of the Blue Ridge Parkway and 3 times the Assault on Mt Mitchell. Plus numerous other century and organized events.

Finished 8th out of 20 in my age group at my first TT on a standard road bike.

Beat my 7 yo daughter in a toothbrush race. Slowest one wins.
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Old 12-05-07, 10:29 AM   #18
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third place is apparently the best I can do.

third place swimming national championship when I was 19
third place was my best time for 10k's ( 2001)
third place was my best time for duathlons ( 2007)

I was 3 minutes under my estimated time for the Boston marathon( 2002), does that count?

Im sure I'd be first at a pie eating contest though
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Old 12-05-07, 10:32 AM   #19
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Nah, you're #1 in my book!
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Old 12-05-07, 10:34 AM   #20
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I've got three that I can remember:

Won the CIF-San Diego section championships in volleyball as a 5'-7" starting outside hitter.

Completed my first century...the PIE ride...100 miles with nearly 10,000' of climbing, including Palomar Mountain.

Hiked the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim in a day. 24.2 miles...the last 5 have about 4,000' of climbing...with my 63 year old dad.
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Old 12-05-07, 10:43 AM   #21
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Nothing really stands out.

Losing 9-11 in foosball. Oh, to the defending house champions where my partner was one of their girlfriends who only touched the ball 2 times in the entire game.

Winning the conference consolation championship in the 200 butterfly when I was retired from competitive swimming but came out of retirement and did this on 2 weeks training. (Close meet, every point counted and the guy who would have swam this tore up his shoulder 2 weeks before the meet).

Cycling, endurance, the land rush. Back to back doubles.

I also have a teammate who claims I threw the best dummy he ever saw. That is a Rugby term for faking a pass. Honestly it was either going to be great or disaster. I actually had intended to pass until the last second when the Islander marking me moved across to take the guy outside me. If I had made the pass he would have been killed. As it was I scored by the posts. Not bad for a prop. Oh I also once scored 2 tries for 8 points in a match our side won 8 to 4. Also have a few matches long long ago where I was hooker and we won every set scrum. Hopefully there are enough guys from outside the States who can appreciate this.

OH Wait I've got it. I toured New Zealand on my own. Playes one match for Hora Hora Rugby club. Won man of the match. I still hear echos of this over 20 years later. I did not know at the time, but it seems the Kiwis were not expecting an American to be able to play a proper game of Rugby.
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Old 12-05-07, 10:44 AM   #22
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Won a state meet 100m dash in middle school.
Won intramural badminton title in college.
Ran a 5.34 mile.
Warmed many benches on basketball teams.
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Hit a homerun in 5th grade little league after going hitless the entire previous year. Not my only home run as I continued play through HS but definitely the most memorable.
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Ran track in high school and was fairly fast. One year at the state meet I got 2nd in the low hurdles and 5th in the high hurdles. Now my old ass would just have to walk around them.
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Invite to try and qualify for 96 Olympic team.
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