Skiing, hiking, climbing, sailing, running - I have found that I just really prefer endurance sports to team sports and despite years of soccer and hockey, I don’t have that much interest in playing them any more.
I am hoping for a snowy winter here in the northeast!
Over the years I have doing many things and generally been pretty good at most. Not elite level but can hold my own with most folks. Running, swimming, cycling, triathlon, golf, basketball, soccer, etc.
However, just before the whole COVID mess I started playing table tennis with a bunch of guys from church. They are very good players, a few are ranked regionally and nationally. I go 3-4 nights per week and absolutely get my ass kicked each and every time and I love it. I learning new skills and continuously improving but I have still yet to win a straight up game against most of the players. I’m a pretty good double partner though and have had some success there.
I have a cousin-in-law w/ black belt karate and now into MMA. Watched a few fights…same, no thanks. But! Also watched a few JJ matches which were pretty engaging, the grappling and ground work is so tactical, much more than 2 dudes wildly throwing every variation of a haymaker trying to decapitate each other.
Makes you realize just how much “cyclist” does not equate to “athlete”. We should probably all pick up an off-season sport which works us in different ways – mentally and physically – than being on the bike.
One sport(?) I would love/fear to try is wingsuit gliding.
Besides MTB/road cycling I enjoy alpine skiing, hiking and occasional dabbling in stand up paddling in the ocean. Also, I was once a runner.
My running days are limited but I adore middle distance running. The mile is (was) my favorite, second favorite the 5k. Running seemed to carve away anything from my body and mind that didn’t make me faster, a fact I’ve realized since I have all but stopped running regularly.
Skiing has been part of my life since I could stand on my own. I had a bad crash in high school and it slowed me down a bit. Still enjoy speed, just not all the time