University sports predicament!

  • Tritimium

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    Sep 24, 2008 4:00 PM GMT
    I'm hoping for some opinions. It's a bit of a silly situation, and I wouldn't normally ask advice over such a matter, but I want to make the right decision. It's a bit long, sorry. But I really would appreciate your feedback, if you've got time to kill.

    It's the start of the new academic year at my uni. I'm doing a PhD (2nd year), and I've been in a uni sports club for the last 6 years (going on 7!). I've alternated between triathlon and rowing; triathlon mostly, but I've definitely got a rowing bug biting somewhere. Anyway, a couple of months ago I realised that I wasn't actually enjoying triathlon anymore, and would prefer to work on buffing up. So I've pretty much decided that I'm not going to train intensively at triathlon, although I'll still keep up the three disciplines, just in much smaller volume. I'm not chucking all my hard work on technique out the window! Besides, I really like swimming, and the odd jog every so often.

    So here's the tricky bit. I'll be doing my own programme of weights and flexibility/yoga, but have to be careful not to do too much cardio, or I'll never put on muscle, which is a burning desire. Nevertheless, I want to be involved in uni sports in some way. I'm having trouble picking which one!

    As I said, there's a definite rowing bug biting hard again - I really wish it wasn't - but going on my past experiences (both amazing and terrifying), I'm not sure whether I would want to row too often. HOWEVER, I do think I would enjoy coaching, and the club does offer coach training. They're in need of more coaches (the club is around 100-strong, so divide that into some 8s and 4s!), and I think it would be good for my own personal growth - and I really need something other than myself to concentrate on right now, having only recently come out and had a bit of a rough time.

    There's also a lifesaving club - lifeguarding, basically! - and seeing as I feel strongly about being well-versed in first aid, and the fact that I want to be near a swimming pool, that's a big temptation.

    Then of course there's the kayak club, the mountaineering club, gymnastics...but they often go away for the entire weekend, and I usually have to work on Sundays. Though compromises could be made. I would love to get out into the country more, but I have so many city-based commitments.

    So, having walked around the sports fair today talking to the above clubs, and having been lurking on both the rowing and lifesaving websites a few times over the past few weeks, I'm tempted to do lifesaving and some rowing coaching. If you've read this far, what do you think? Have any of you had experience coaching or lifesaving?
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    Sep 24, 2008 9:29 PM GMT
    rowing, definitely. that's a sport for real men! :-)
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    Sep 24, 2008 9:38 PM GMT
    It seems like you already know what you wanna do, you just need a positive sounding board off of which to bounce ideas.

    The only advice I have is: Its a commitment. Coaching, participating in team sports, participating in sports in general is a big commitment. Just be sure you WANT to do something before you start it, because its something you cant just walk away from., and a lot of people who realize that what they are doing isn't what they really wanna be doing lose motivation, which make their work, and the people who depnd on their work suffer, which isn't fair for anyone.

    However, you're a PhD student, so I'm sure you're decently motivated to do things you want to do.
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    Sep 24, 2008 9:48 PM GMT
    Speaking of Grammar Nazis-- beware of this post. It is rife with mistakes and mispellings. I am an engineer, leave me alone! Every paragraph also starts with "I"... again.. don't care. On to the response...

    I think your head is in the right place and no matter what you choose you will be fine.

    I had a friend who rowed and he had some awesome legs He could work out his upper body as much as he wanted so thats still available if you'd like to go back. Training those big muscle groups (legs, back) should also your hormones to build.

    I have a friend who is a triathelete and he is skinny as hell and can't put on weight. Say g'bye to that!

    I coached swimming after I had to stop and started lifting weights. It was good because I could still be at the pool, do the team thing, and even get in the water but i didnt have to train hard core cardio style anymore.

    I also lifeguarded... and however fun and easy it is, not good for getting buff in my opinion. Not sure how different your class is but, thats just my experience.

    Good luck!