Also on our schedule this spring has been high school track. And for those of you who know Conner you might be surprised to see him playing a high school sport. Your surprise is partly warranted -- he played soccer K-5 and basketball 1-5 but his athletic pursuits didn't go any further. He's not an sports kid and he is 100% comfortable admitting that.
So here are the reasons for embarking into high school track
1 - If you play any sport your freshman year, the school allows you to opt out of P.E. for your sophomore year. Pretty sweet deal, right? And after experiencing the high school jerks in freshman P.E. (sad, but that's just a fact of high school) Conner was more than happy to do whatever it took to get out of another year of P.E..
2 - You don't have to try out for track. Everyone makes the team. Yay!
3 - Half of the kids in our ward are also doing track, so why not?! And many of those kids were girls so really, why not?! When I learned that a lot of his friends would be there I was super excited for him -- what a great way to be social with the kids from church.
Practices started in February and the kids could try out a few events to decide what they wanted to do. Conner almost immediately decided on the hurdles. The hurdles?! Wow. I was surprised. The hurdles just sound hard. But it appears his decision was based on what drives many teenage boy decisions -- everyone he knew was doing hurdles on the 1st day of practice and he didn't want to make the effort to investigate anything else. i.e. Laziness
Which is just fine, I guess.
He got to participate in 2 home track meets this season (only those with the best times get to go to the away meets) and while I was nervous to watch his first 100m hurdles event, he did great! He made it, he finished, he kept up with his heat, and really that's all that matters.
I'm proud of him for sticking through track when it is not necessarily his thing. Running, sweating, jumping are not activities he would typically choose to do. He's more of a thinker, builder, writer. But I think this was a great lesson in trying something new, doing your best at it even when you fall, even when it appears that everyone else is better than you, but moving forward and showing up with a good (er, decent) attitude and being proud of yourself for accomplishing something that is outside your comfort zone.
Great job Conner.