Friday, September 28, 2012

Curling... I joined the club!

As promised, here are some pictures from my first attempt at curling! :)


I was lucky I came across a promotional event in a mall for the curling club. It advertised for the club's open house, but also a 3-parts free curling clinic for beginners. As you can guess, I was really interested LOL. Part of it is because I really enjoyed watching it, but also because it's something my friends and I talked about trying last winter, but didn't know how. What better then than a free clinic that would teach you the basics? :) My sister and some friends joined me for it.

The first day, we learned how to push out of the block and keep our balance on the ice - with and without the rock. The second day was more focused on throwing the rocks and at the same time, applying the rotation. And yesterday, we learned how to sweep and played a short game :)

I really liked it on the first day and thought of joining, but wasn't sure. Then, on the second day, I had a lot of doubts... but after playing yesterday, I decided to take the plunge. I thought the pros outweighted the cons... The cons are distance - let just say the club is not close to my house ^_^; but from work, it's not too bad - and also, the commitment. Once you sign up, you're part of a team and that means you have three other people depending on you. If I don't feel like going, I can't just not go... or at least, I have to find a replacement. The last con is that the best league for beginners turn out to be on Friday. I'm just thinking Friday's gatherings with friends to open the week-end or leaving for a week-end away... But as my sister says, it's not a regular thing and we'll just have to work around it.

I was not the only one having fun! Just too bad about my sister's school schedule, otherwise, I would have made her join with me!

But as I said, the pros outweighted the cons... First, it was a lot of fun! Two, it's good exercise and I need to move LOL. I'm also a lot more likely to stick to it than say the gym. Also, it's a good way to meet new people... And really, I need to widen my horizons a little bit. Do something different, meet new people and just get out there.

And my friends were good sport! They came and had fun with me! Up there is W, M and V :)

So there you go :) I joined the club. The curling season is 6 months, from October to April. It officially starts on October 14... My first league game will be on October 19 and I'll keep you guys posted :)

LOL, my sister's knee and mine. Obviously, she's doing something good and me, something wrong ^_^; Might need to invest into a knee pad for this first year :)

Now though, my focus is going to be kicking my reading slump to the curb!! :) Or sweep it under the rug LOL.

11 comments:

  1. Yipppeeee!!!!! I'm SO psyched for you, nath! This is perfect. REally.. don't be afraid of the commitment. Just do it. I don't think you'll regret it at all. It's a little exercise, a little socializing, a change of pace from the norm and it's a sport you're interested in. Awesome!

    I love the photos! Thank you so much for sharing. You look like a natural! :)

    Ouch on the knees! You definitely need to get knee pads. If they don't already sell ones specific for curling, I know you can get volleyball knee pads. They might work well, too.

    I wish we weren't so far! I would totally come on the 19th to your first tournament. SO EXCITING!!!! *jumping*

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  2. I love the pictures!!
    *Sigh* I love watching curling on tv but I had no idea it had such along season!
    I hope you enjoy it tons! And yeah, knee pads might be the way to go :D

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  3. Have fun! Does your team have a name? What is it? I can't wait to see more pictures and hear about your wins. :)

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  4. Good on you for getting out and doing something, and having fun at the same time!

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  5. Oh, ouch! But it looks like such fun, and I'm looking forward to hearing about your first tournament.

    Li

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  6. Awesome, I hope you will enjoy it and make new friends :)

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  7. Christine - I'm psyched too, Christine :) And I really think it's going to be a good experience for me. And from what I've seen, it's indeed very social. Meeting new people, definitively won't hurt. And as you said, it's something that I'm really into :)

    Oh, I wished it wasn't this far either! Would love for you to come give it a try LOL.

    And LOL, I'll tell the girls you say hi :P

    Alex - Thanks Alex :) LOL, we all look so good in the pictures... but reality is a bit different :P

    Oh yeah, curling season is very long! The peak of the season is usually in February-March because it's the nationals for us. And Canada has such a high level... there's the continental cup in January which is North America vs. World which is a lot of fun too :P

    Isabel - The TGIF league is the social one. So teams are only going to be together for 5 weeks and then, we switch up. Also, the team name is usually the skip (captain) last name :P I'll try to take more pictures in the future... but it's hard when you also play! LOL. Because as lead, I'll be sweeping the rocks too :P

    Marg - So true, Marg! :)

    Li - It was a lot of fun! Playing was great. I had a rock going around a guard, that was great!! LOL. And I'll keep you all posted!

    Elena - Thanks, Elena! I hope so too!!

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  8. Oh, this looks like fun even if I don't know anything about the sport. LOL I'll bet you'll have a great time and look forward to Friday nights. :)

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  9. Nath, you did it!! That looks like fun, Say hi to V and W for me. Hiiii!!! Emilie didn't join with you? That's too bad. Booo.

    You know? I know this is going to sound weird, but it just reminds me of a form of bowling on ice. LOL! (I know, I know it's totally different) But anyway, I bowled for a while with friends years ago and it was fun! Enjoy it, Nath.

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  10. Leslie - It is fun, Les!! And I'll keep you posted on my exploits LOL.

    Hilcia - Yep, I did it!! And I'll tell them hi for you :) Emilie did not join because of her school schedule and also because of transport issue. But maybe next year :)

    LOL, I know what you mean about it reminding you of bowling. Actually, it's close to petanque :P But most important is that it's a good social game :)

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