(Original post by Mr Roboto)
I suppose a load of internet geeks wouldn't be the best group to ask about sports
It does seem like an unusually high amount of TSR people don't like sport. Probably because they are rubbish at it. And the way they assume that sporty = not clever, makes me laugh. I'm not an ape.
I love sport. In primary school, I used to be a bit chubby, and not that sporty. I wasn't fat, but I was one of the worst non fat kids. I had little coordination. But I still played sport. I had a reputation as a Hatchet Man on the football field, i.e I took people down and did little else. Eventually I got better and became a clinical striker, some might say goal poacher.
In secondary, I started doing more sport. I joined the football, rugby and basketball teams at my school. At first, I was pretty crap, but I became better. That's a definining feature of me, I'm extremely ambitious at everything I do. Even gymnastics I still tried to be the best, but I was crap at it. I eventually captained most of the sports teams my school had. I did judo to a pretty high level as well, I had oppurtunities to represent my country but had other commitments. I won long distance running competions for fun. Rugby started taking over, until I started playing with internationals. My favourite match was playing with new zealand. That was just incredible. But I gave most of that up as I didn't want to turn professional. Instead, I just play rugby for fun mostly now, not to win everything. I still know I'm going to play rugby for my unis first team. But nowadays, I'm mostly into cycling, mountaineering, and hillwalking. My goals are to climb Annapurna, plus maybe a few of the 7 summits, denali and possibly everest being the main ones I want. I'd like to win the st roubaix paris cycling race as well, but that one aint going to happen.
So, that's a bit of the sports I do.
Why I do them?
I'm extremely competative. I don't show it openly much though, well I do a bit. I like being the best at everything, I don't do mediocrity. I love being fit, when you can run and run and run for ages and not be out of breath the feeling is fantastic. I guess you could say a lot of the sports I do are pretty testosterone fuelled, I'm a man, I'm not ashamed of that. And I suppose you could say it's a bit alpha male kind of behaviour, maybe I am. When you play in a highly physical and very aggressive game like rugby, you form bonds with your teammates. It's quite tribal, you're very protective of anyone on your team.