I know it, but, hard to prove when....
Saturday, July 18, 2020
See, I know I plateaued for a while in the 210-212 range, including right up before the stay at home orders went into effect in March, and I went nearly 3 months without significant exercise. But you wouldn't know it looking at the spark weight tracker, because I didn't often enter my weight in that space. By that measure, I was at that spot on the scale a year ago, in July and August, before entering a plateau at the next step higher, 213-215, right up until March, at which point I rose to 219.6 by June 10th of this year, about 5 weeks ago. Not coincidentally, that's right about the time I started playing pickleball again with some regularity, which has helped get me down to 214.2 today. That's still in that "next higher" mini plateau, between 213 and 215, but the trend is good.
I played in a tournament today, and my age/skill bracket consisted of 7 teams. Unlike previous tournament experiences, my partner and I managed to win the first game. But the odd number of teams meant that we had a bye in the second set of games, and we didn't react well to the layoffs, losing our second game 11-9. We were down 10-4, and made a spirited run at it, but failed to finish the job. Now that could have been it for our gold medal aspirations, because with head to head performance as a first tiebreaker, that team would have had to lose twice, and we'd have to win out to come out on top. In a subsequent game, we tried to screw up our portion of that equation, going down 6-0 and 7-1 before finding ourselves in a 9-7 and even a 10-7 hole. But we kept fighting off their attempts to score that winning point, and when, after about 5 tries, we finally scored that 8th point, we just kept on scoring, all the way to an 12-10 victory. The other games were easier, and we finished up thinking that the team that had beaten us would get the gold on head to head matchup. But a funny thing happened, they slipped up against the team that we beat in the opening round, as well as against a team we beat 11-2, sliding all the way down to 4th place, and earning a jar of pickles. And that meant as the only team with 5 wins, we won the gold, my first time winning in a tournament.
I'm playing in the mixed doubles portion of the proceedings tomorrow, with a newbie player. I'm not going in anticipating winning again, as when I watched one of her matches, there were some things that the guys we play against will be able to pick on. But it should be fun regardless. Maybe I can score some pickles as a consolation prize, if a medal isn't in the offing??