Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Types of exercise I enjoy

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Welcome to the Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge, a year-long challenge set by the good folk at Long and Short Reviews that anyone can participate in. Want to see who else is playing along? Visit here and click on the Miscellaneous Musings link near the top of the page.

This week’s topic is going to be short and fun. A bit like me, really.

Types of exercise I enjoy

Oooh, this one is easy-peasy and won’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s read any of my bios.

I am a golfer.

Not a very good golfer, mind, but I’m out and damn proud.

Playing Golf at Port Fairy Golf Links

Golfing in the winter at Port Fairy on Victoria’s wild south-west coast. Golfers do it anywhere.

It can be a dangerous sport though. No, don’t you laugh. It can! I’ve given myself a few injuries in my golfing career.

One of the most dramatic was a black eye when the ball I struck hit a tree branch which broke off and clobbered me in the face. I dropped like a schoolcase and was convinced my eye had burst because of the masses of liquid pouring from it. It hadn’t, thank god. It was just watering. The black eye was impressive though.

But get this… The ball landed on the green and when I’d finally recovered I putted it in for par (a good score, for those non-golfers out there).

I also managed to smack myself with my own ball once. I was on the eighteenth tee and had had a bad day, but it was the last hole and with it came a chance to redeem myself.

Yeah, right.

My tee shot hit a concrete path edge and ricocheted straight back at me, leaving barely time to turn aside. The ball struck me on the shoulder like a bullet and oh, the pain! It was so bad it outdid the ignominy of being whacked by my own ball.

I don’t usually lose my temper on the golf course but I spat it after that. Picked up the horrible white thing and trumped to the clubhouse in a (perfectly justified) huff.

When the bruise came out it was patterned with golf ball dimples. Very pretty. Not.

Then there are the golfer’s and tennis elbow injuries and the countless times I’ve banged the steel head of my putter into my shin or ankle bone.

Black snake basking in the sun

A sunbaking blacksnake at my old golf club Glenmore Heritage Valley, NSW.

And snakes. Snakes love golf courses and being Australia they’re not harmless snakes either. I came within a foot of running over a taipan with my buggy in Townsville (north Queensland) once. My other half nearly had heart failure. Mind you, so did I when saw how close I was.

See? Very dangerous sport. But excellent exercise.

You should try it.

No, really. It’s fun. Promise.

What’s your favourite exercise? Book reading doesn’t count!


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30 thoughts on “Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Types of exercise I enjoy

  1. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    Haha, that was short. Surely that can’t be your only exercise, Cathryn? Lol. I dislike golf with a passion. Sorry. We took April for a hit once at the driving range and I gave it a go and didn’t like it but I thought to be fair I’ll give it another go, gave it another go a year later, and nope, hated it. Steven loves it though. And now having read your story, wow, golf is lethal, I’m doing the right thing by staying away LOL.

    I totally enjoy cycling, walking, kayaking (ok, only have kayaked once but hope to get out on the water again soon), and yoga – the gentle type, no headstands, oh yeah, and dancing and working out on my home gym.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      No, not my only exercise, Sue. But the one I probably most like to write about.
      You sound like you’re doing plenty to keep you fit. I’d like to try kayaking but it would have to be on very calm, shallow water where I can see the bottom to stop me hyperventilating. A swimming pool would do fine!
      Glad to hear Steven understands the Way of the Golfer!!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      LOL. Thank you!
      I must admit, unless you’re a golfer, watching it can be a bit dull, not to mention unsexy. Aussie Rules Footballers on the other hand… YUM!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Mini golf definitely counts. It’s all about the frustration of getting that rotten ball in the rotten hole.
      Snakes certainly make my legs go faster!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      A snake-free zone is a good thing, Judy! You’ll have to give golf another try. I was never a big fan when I was younger but it can be a weirdly addictive game. And frustrating. And DANGEROUS!

  2. AvatarPatrick Prescott

    Golf is the most exasperating sport that you get hooked on. There are courses in New Mexico where if the ball lands on the brush, just get another one. The rattle snakes don’t like being bothered. Wish I can play again. It irks me when driving past a golf course now and know I can’t be chasing that little white ball.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Exasperating is the perfect word for it, Patrick! There are days when it does terrible things to your mental health and yet it remains ridiculously addictive.
      Playing with rattle snakes? Er… no thank you.
      Sorry you’re not playing. I understand your irksomeness.

  3. AvatarLydia

    Heh, I had no idea that snakes liked golf courses so much.

    And wow that bruise sounds like it was a painful one. I hope the recovery was fast for it.

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    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      They luuuuurve golf courses, Lydia. Black snakes especially because there is lots of water which means lots of frogs. I was hunting for my ball once and wandered across a python that had just caught a rabbit and was in the throes of throttling it to death. I left the ball where it was. That python had a mean glint in its eye.
      The bruise lasted a while, actually. I’m still annoyed I didn’t take a photo. It was a beauty!

  4. AvatarAymee

    Golf is such a wonderful way to exercise! And man, your injuries sound like the kind of thing that would happen to me. I’m a walking disaster most days. I mean, I almost flipped off a spin bike at the gym once. 😀

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    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      It IS a great way to exercise. I read some studies where the average golfer walks about 10kms during a round. And when you push a buggy it’s even better exercise.
      Flipping off a spin bike, Aymee? Sorry, but I would have loved to have seen that!!!

  5. AvatarMegan Slayer

    I’ve never tried golfing. Baseball, I can do. But that kind of hitting a ball doesn’t seem like it’d be my friend. Who knows. Good for you for doing it!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      The problem with golf, even though the ball is stationary, it’s so damn small!
      Baseball… you’re brave! Those balls travel FAST. i don’t even want to think about what sort of bruise one of those would leave.

  6. AvatarMichael Mock

    …Okay, I normally find golf sort of incomprehensibly boring, but I have to admit that golf in Australia sounds considerably more exciting that what I’ve seen of it over here in the States. Over here, the biggest danger by far seems to be other golfers.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Oh don’t worry, other golfers are just as dangerous here, Michael. I’m probably one of them. But we do get some entertaining wildlife on our courses. LOTS of kangaroos, usually as well as the snakes.
      Thanks for dropping by.

  7. AvatarMonique McDonell

    I love mini golf, does that count? I don’t have a big enough hit for golf. We’ve played at a par 3 course near home I like but my husband has huge (and wildly inccarurate) swing so that is fraught with challenges. Apart from that the last time I played golf I was pregnant and had morning sickness and had to keep finding places I could be sick…not a great memory but that’s 20 years ago so probably time to try again.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Oh dear on playing golf while pregnant, Monique. That would NOT have been fun. Funny story though.
      I reckon mini golf counts anyway. That can be a hoot. But yes, definitely time to give swinging another go!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Yes, it’s all very nice to live on a golf course but there can be consequences, especially when hackers like me are out. At least you didn’t get any broken windows, Tanith. Or get hit yourself. At least, I hope you didn’t!

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