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I’m in love

loveMy new love treats me a little rough, but I quite like it. After a session, I’m gasping for breath and a little sweaty. The next day I can barely walk. Sure, I’m not very good yet, but that’s why I practice. My heart beats a little quicker when I think about what we do together. Sure, sometimes we swap partners, but if you really love someone, you’ll always be together, right?

I can’t remember where I read it, and who said it, but there’s a quote which perfectly sums up my new love: “To win the game, you don’t have to be the most athletic or talented. To win, you must have passion for the game, determination and complete faith in yourself and your team.”

And that’s where I am. As long-term readers will know, I used to play rugby when I lived in London. After moving out here, I wasn’t too impressed with a) the standard or b) the attitude of the female rugby teams. And so I just stopped playing.

Until about 8 months ago.

Last summer, for wont of anything better to do, I started playing what I used to think was the poor relation of rugby – touch rugby. Whenever I was asked to play touch previously, I’d roll my eyes and suggest the pub instead. Any game with no contact and an excessive amount of running wasn’t really my thing.

Until about 8 months ago.

Since then, my life has been a whirlwind of tournaments, training, and travelling. I’ve been picked for a national squad, I’ve scored two international tries, I’ve starting voluntarily exercising. The new love of mine has taken over my life. I don’t have a free weekend until the end of July. My friends barely see me. My life is a cycle of work – playing – training – travelling – washing smelly kit – work. I am endlessly frustrated with myself for not being good enough. I worry incessantly about how my ineptitude is going to let down my team. I think about it, I dream about it.

I don’t think I’ve been happier or more content.

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7 thoughts on “I’m in love

  1. Gumpher says:

    International? Do tell more.

    I’m about to venture into touch for the first time next week. A bunch of us have entered a lads and dads team into the 8 week Worcester summer touch league. I can’t wait.

  2. The fact that you played rugby is the thing that I found most unique about you. It’s what hooked me in early on. Why have you not written about this earlier? Silly girl. I’ve always said that if they start to broadcast proper rugby games here in America, (American) football is in real trouble because it’s a superior game.

    • nuttycow says:

      Haha – rugby is by far the superior game UB, you’re right! I’m playing a variation on rugby though – there’s no contact but a lot of running and attacking plays. Having now played both contact and non contact, I think I actually prefer the latter. Something I never thought I’d say 8 months ago.

  3. looby says:

    Oooh… you had me going for a minute there!

    And yes, I’m curious to know the team too. Rugby’s really big here (as you know, sorry!) so it’s well-reported. Might see you on the back pages sometime!

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