So I’m thinkin I need to change my name to shadowbum180.
Shadow can stay the same, because I still love my Honda Shadow motorcycle. Sadly, it’s a little dusty right now because we have this very unfortunate season known as winter. But as soon as the weather nears 70 again, I plan to be goin out a lot. April can’t get here fast enough.
Run will probably need to change because as I get older, it gets harder for me to recuperate from a run. When I was in my 30s, I ran 5-6 days a week for at least 4 miles. At 40, I was only running about 3 days a week for 4 miles. I found the day or two rest in between was easier on me. But at 42, I’m down to 1 or 2 days a week. I still enjoy running, but my legs appreciate 2 or 3 days off now. I’m accepting it. It tends to work better into my schedule anyway. I do try to fit the elliptical machine in a few days a week which is much easier on my legs, but not as much fun as being outside. So technically I’m not really being a “bum” but ShadowElliptical180 doesn’t sound as good. 🙂 Hmmmm…. but maybe ‘bake‘ would fit. Strong possibility!
300 was a part of my name because of the 300 game I bowled a few years back. At that time I was obsessed with bowling. I lived and breathed bowling. I was pretty good at it, and practiced often, and bowled in some pretty major tournaments. If bowling was on the schedule, everything else was pushed aside. This didn’t always go over well with my husband and family, but they were very supportive. When my job changed from being an elementary school teacher to a front desk agent at a hotel, things quickly changed. At first, I tried to keep up with my bowling schedule, but since my job required me to be away from home 50 hours per week (drive time included), I was understandably exhausted. With no time to practice, and no energy on league nights, my average slowly dwindled. That’s when the downward spiral began. Since I wasn’t bowling as well, I wasn’t having as much fun. And since I wasn’t having as much fun, I didn’t want to spend my rare night away from work at the bowling center. So this season I have cut way back on bowling, and when I am bowling I have no worries at all about how I am doing. My husband and I still attend our Sunday night league every week, but I constantly look for excuses to get out of my Thursday night league. I’m only averaging about 180 now – 20 pins less than I would normally consider acceptable, but surprisingly, I find it – well- acceptable.
So there you have it. When I get brave enough I may change my identity. It’s difficult to say goodbye to the old me, so I have to come to terms with it first, but when I do, I hope you will welcome ShadowBum(or Bake)180. She’ll need lots of support.