Soccer from age 5 all through high school. Tennis from age 12 through my sophomore year in college.
Ice Hockey from age 25 until present. Sports are in my blood – my parents played sports and still are.
I was taught you are never too old to do it. There has never been any limit in my life to what is possible. I choose to play sports and will play as long as I physically can.
I think sometimes people think I’m nuts for playing hockey. Probably because I grew up in San Diego, California and no one knew what hockey was. For me, hockey has just been an opportunity to learn a new skill.
Just like when I started my own business. I thrive on learning new skills and being a better version of myself each and every day. I’m not going to lie and say that I don’t have bumps and bruises from this past weekend during the Pacific division women’s national ice hockey tournament. But, I will say that I am not bedridden, I am not on any medication, and overall I feel amazing!!!!!
About 10 years ago, when I was playing hockey, I was overweight and out of shape and winded on every shift I took. I was proof that you could play hockey and be over 200. But I could not skate for longer than 30 seconds without being completely winded. I remember being diagnosed with exercise-induced asthma in fact. In hindsight that was another word for overweight and out of shape.
I think I continue to play competitive hockey because it’s like a barometer on how physically healthy I am. If I weren’t playing it would be easy to skip that extra work out or eat like crap. But I do it to prove to my own self that I can still hang with the rest of them. The girls that played in high school and college.
I’m grateful to be surrounded by incredible workouts, incredible nutrition, incredible support which allow me to keep up the pace that I would like to do for the rest of my life. Heck I know a gentleman hockey player who is in his 80s and still get on the ice at least twice a week. I want that to be me!!!!
So I will enjoy a couple days off to recover and then I will be back choosing my workout of the day at home, drinking my nutritional shake, and hoping to inspire my two daughters.
Age is just a number.
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