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Finding my own strength

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Posted: Monday, August 27, 2012 4:30 am | Updated: 8:25 am, Mon Aug 27, 2012.

I wouldn’t call myself athletic, but I wouldn’t say I’m unathletic either.

I’m active, I used to do a lot of ballet and tap dancing, and now I do a lot of yoga, aerobics classes and walking with my dogs (I imagine myself competing in Olympics race walking).

But, if say, my life depended on me holding my own body weight for more than three seconds — I wouldn’t survive. I’m currently working on getting my “crow” position in yoga, but since it requires this ability, it hasn’t happened yet.

My husband, on the other hand, is a soldier and very fit. He can run for miles and do pull-ups. I know lots of people can, but it never ceases to amaze me when I see him hanging in the doorway to his “man room” doing pull-ups. The most action I’ve had with the pull-up bar is trying to close the door and it falling on my head.

So when we went on vacation to Jamaica this summer, I was in complete shock to find myself better at a physical activity than he was — paddleboarding.

A paddleboard is like a big surfboard that you stand on and use a paddle to maneuver around in the water. I’ve seen people use these on the lake in Austin but had never tried it until Jamaica.

Not to brag, but I was pretty good at it — especially taking into consideration I was on the ocean, not a calm lake.

My husband, on the other hand, wobbled and bobbled, ending up on his behind watching me paddle around him. I won’t lie; I did fall a couple of times. Once was pretty dramatic after a boat came by, creating a wake.

My power streak ended as soon as we switched our paddleboards for a kayak. Again, my husband prevailed as the stronger of us, making the boat go considerably faster than I could. Eventually it was my turn to just sit back and enjoy the view as he paddled around the water.

My moment in the sun was fleeting, but proud. I keep asking if we can go paddleboard again in Austin, but he doesn’t seem as enthusiastic as I am.

Then last week, my husband was reading some men’s health magazine and came across an article about paddleboarding, pointing out the writer said women who do yoga typically pick it up the fastest, because of the balance and core strength it creates.

He saw this as an excuse for why his wife was better than him. I saw all my hard work and athleticism finally shining through.

 

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