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Speaking of recreational sports and hobbies(37 posts)

Speaking of recreational sports and hobbiesMel Erickson
Aug 20, 2002 5:28 AM
what else do you do besides bike for recreation or hobby?

I x-country ski, fly fish, do woodworking and referee soccer. Would like to do more canoeing and kayaking as well as camp but time just doesn't allow. I need to retire!
re: Speaking of recreational sports and hobbiesnetso
Aug 20, 2002 5:31 AM
Kayak, Gym, walk. Would like to learn to Fly-Fish.
re: Speaking of recreational sports and hobbiesDave Hickey
Aug 20, 2002 5:32 AM
My other sports are inline speedskating and running. As for hobbies, I have two boys in travel hockey so all my spare time is spent at hockey rinks.
I hear ya!Mel Erickson
Aug 20, 2002 5:50 AM
My two kids were in swimming and soccer. Hot, sweaty, steamy pools in the winter, swarming mosquitos and gnats in the summer. 150 mile trips the norm. My youngest is 20 now, hang in there.
re: Speaking of recreational sports and hobbiesLEW
Aug 20, 2002 5:43 AM
I teach spin class, run; weights in winter. Two sons involved in team sports keep me busy.
Little League Umpire (nm)94Nole
Aug 20, 2002 5:58 AM
re: Speaking of recreational sports and hobbiesslide
Aug 20, 2002 5:59 AM
I play paintball and golf and am into photography and knife collecting.
re: Speaking of recreational sports and hobbiesrwbadley
Aug 20, 2002 6:03 AM
I make beer, wine and judge at homebrew competitions.

We go for walks, and swim on weekends.

I like to buy/sell motorcycle and bicycle stuff.

Used to do martial arts for years, then had to get out of it due to chronic tendinitis in the elbows. Yuck, painful.

ForgotMel Erickson
Aug 20, 2002 6:34 AM
I homebrew also but haven't gotten into the competition thing yet.
My children...does that count??PaulCL
Aug 20, 2002 6:34 AM
I play with them more than I do anything else.

Besides cycling...I lift weights twice a week, I have started running again - about twice per week, I used to be an avid "A level" racquetball player - less time now.

In the winter, I am a woodworker - cabinetry mostly. My project last winter was an enormous, solid cherry, entertainment center. Took me four months. I've also done a lot of framing for my wifes' artist friends. I charge them for the wood, the time cost them bottle(s) of wine.

As much as it bugs my wife, I really like working on my bike. I like to tinker with it, clean it, adjust it, wonder she calls it my mistress. I wish I had more time to read. Pre-kids, I would read at least one book per week. There just isn't enough time anymore. paul
Too little time...biknben
Aug 20, 2002 6:43 AM
I'm down to individual sports. As I got older I cut back on sports. Friends and teammates had other priorities. I played Volleyball and softball competatively but the teams disintegrated and I was left holding the ball.

Between MTB and road cycling my free time is consumed fast. I also enjoy maintaining my bikes so that takes a couple hours a week too.

I did pick up x-country skis last year but it only snowed once. I enjoyed it and it complements cycling nicely during the off-season.

My one odd hobby is Legos. At age 30, I still get Legos for Christmas. When people look at me strangly I say, "Once you stop growing up...You start growing old!"
re: Speaking of recreational sports and hobbiesaliensporebomb
Aug 20, 2002 7:30 AM
Besides bicycling, I fly large stunt kites (15 to 20 foot
wingspans) which is quite the workout.

I also play guitar, keyboards and drums and play in several
bands as well as have my own solo cd out using the name
aliensporebomb as the name of my 'act'.
any mp3s available?TomS
Aug 20, 2002 7:54 AM
I dabble in music too... actually almost went to music school for college (berklee), but by the time I got good enough to get any kind of scholarship I was pretty burned out from practicing all day every day. Played guitar/keyboards in a punk/ska band later in college.

Now it's just a hobby, one of those "I really wish I had more time/energy/inspiration for this" things :(
any mp3s available?aliensporebomb
Aug 21, 2002 7:35 AM
That's some of my older stuff....
That's some of my newer stuff.....
My old rock band, sort of angry pissed off sounding stuff.
but with humor! (see stealth cow and jackass in particular)
re: Speaking of recreational sports and hobbiesAndy M-S
Aug 20, 2002 7:32 AM
I build and fly rockets, build lego creations (and do lots of other things) with my kids, read (lots) with my spouse, watch movies, cook, repair things...
9-ball, veg. gardening, swimming (nm)Crankist
Aug 20, 2002 7:37 AM
Ski (alpine), SCUBA dive, run, swim, lift wieghts, playhrs
Aug 20, 2002 7:49 AM
volleyball, golf (sort of...more like hide and seek with the balls), and obsess about high end stereo equipment.
re: Speaking of recreational sports and hobbiesTig
Aug 20, 2002 8:15 AM
play with the kids (and now grand kid too!)
fix things/projects
occasional computer game
surf when its good
MTB with my dad

No longer able to fish or kayak thanks to arthritis. I can only hope the list of can't-do's doesn't grow with this osteoporosis...
You have grandkids, and mtb with your dad???TomS
Aug 20, 2002 9:36 AM
Wow, that's really cool! I come from a pretty sedentary family... I'm pretty much the oddball for doing anything more physically stressfull than walking on the boardwalk at the beach.

My mom came out to visit last year, and got winded just getting out of my car up at rocky mtn national park because of the elevation. That's the kind of thing I want to avoid in my future!
My dad, the heroTig
Aug 20, 2002 12:15 PM
I'm 39 and my wife is 42. Her (our) oldest daughter is 21 from her first marriage, who had a baby boy 1 1/2 years ago. My only natural child is 6. Crazy, huh?

My dad is 69, just started MTB riding last year, and absolutely LOVES it! He's always been active (hyper, actually) riding motorcycles and kayaking, etc. He spends most of his time living in Mexico and gets to ride the desert mountains and canyons, as well as explore rivers by kayak. He also hosts American surgical teams that help the villagers, as well as issues eye glasses donated to the Lions Club in the US. He wanted to give a little back to the world as a retirement. Let's just say my dad is quite a roll model!
Country living...DINOSAUR
Aug 20, 2002 8:15 AM
1.5 acres of foothill property to look after. It's not so bad after spring is over. Lot's of weed whacking then treating the redwood decks comes later in the summer. I like to keep a handle on it otherwise it's a big battle to tangle all at once. Other than that it's keeping tabs of my 16 year old daughter and being a husband.

I had a cherry '66 Plymouth Satellite that was my second passion in life (after my family and cycling). I had to part with it in order to free up some money to buy a car for my daughter. Small world that it is, I sold it to GTX, another board member.

Classic cars have their downfalls, if you ever have to part with one. But it was fun while I had it....
so little time....wonderdog
Aug 20, 2002 8:16 AM

i'm into whitewater kayaking, backpacking, reading, music, camping, and almost anything outdoors. i would also like to get a nice camera for my fledgling photography bug.

as for early retirement, i'm 25 years old, and when my wife finishes pharmacy school in 2 years, i'm hanging it up for good. yeah right.....we'll see if that flies! :-)

re: Speaking of recreational sports and hobbiesScot_Gore
Aug 20, 2002 8:39 AM
1) Historical Miniature Wargaming
2) Canoeing
3) Camping
4) X/C Sking (less and less)
5) History
Retired ski instructor, semi-retired skydiverDMoore
Aug 20, 2002 9:06 AM
I've been skiing for over 30 years, and was a ski instructor for 20 of them. I still try to get in 40 days a season.

I quit riding my bike altogether in the late '80's, because I was so into skydiving. After a bad accident (shattered my ankle training for paraski competition) in 1991 I started riding again for rehab, and have been riding ever since. I've gotten back into the bike to such an extent (~6500 mi/yr) that I don't find time to jump anymore. But I haven't quit, I'm just on hiatus. I have close to 900 jumps.
re: Speaking of recreational sports and hobbiesraboboy
Aug 20, 2002 9:25 AM
hike, snowshoe, yoga. I tried sea-kayaking this year, too. that may have been dangerous as I have been pricing them out lately. It was fantastic. ;)
re: Speaking of recreational sports and hobbiesbcm119
Aug 20, 2002 9:37 AM
My main hobby is "beer hunting", tasting beer and traveling to breweries. I also backpack and ski (downhill). Used to be a competitive swimmer for 13 years- went to nationals in 50-m freestyle and swam for Penn State for a season. Now my shoulders are shot. Cycling is much more fun.
re: Speaking of recreational sports and hobbiesJuanmoretime
Aug 20, 2002 10:33 AM
Spectate both my daughters, one is a swimmer and the other cross country and track, both high schoolers, Lift weights, run, officiate for the University of Illinois - Pole Vault, work, sleep once in a while and play on my Harley.
Forgot about mountain biking! nmJuanmoretime
Aug 20, 2002 10:34 AM
re: Speaking of recreational sports and hobbieshrv
Aug 20, 2002 10:52 AM
Windsurf, snowboard, surf, flyfish w/ speyrod, play blues harmonica. Used to breakdance in my younger days! Plan on x-c skate skiing this season.

Since biking, have done less and less of the above. Constantly battling wanting to get faster/stronger but not lose my other recreational joys.

besides the bike mostly water related.Turtleherder
Aug 20, 2002 11:35 AM
Most of my other activities seem to center around the water. Scuba diving, kayaking, general boating. I am currently in the process of doing a full restoration on a thirty year old boat.
Fly, hike, home improvements, blacksmithing ...Humma Hah
Aug 20, 2002 2:12 PM
I'm a student pilot, but don't do it much lately. Flew about 3 weekends ago.

I like hiking, when I get the chance.

I do a lot of home improvements, just bought a new home, am fixing up the old one, and have a cabin in the woods. At the cabin I have a blacksmith forge I'm eager to learn to use.

I have a nice telescope at the cabin, and like dabbling in astronomy.

I occasionally write science fiction, and have managed to sell a little in a top market.
re: Speaking of recreational sports and hobbiesPhatMatt
Aug 20, 2002 2:24 PM
Homebrew, beer and wine, I am learning to play hockey, shoot build stuff for my house, Paintball sometimes and play games on the internet. Oh ya in the winter I Iceclimb. My wife says I have to many hobbies, but I tell her I just do not have enough time nor money to enjoy them all properly.

Bikes, Beer & Bonsai ! (nm)Skidoo
Aug 20, 2002 4:20 PM
re: Speaking of recreational sports and hobbiesSoultrain
Aug 20, 2002 7:29 PM
MTBing, hiking, acting, and.........
nope that's it.
re: Speaking of recreational sports and hobbiesLeisure
Aug 21, 2002 12:11 AM
Mountainbiking, loudspeaker design, home and car audio, performance tuning on my Acura, weightlifting, collecting anime, R/C car stuff, creating mixed drinks, and assorted odd projects where I design and construct stuff. Wish I had more time for it all.
re: Speaking of recreational sports and hobbiesliebejungen
Aug 21, 2002 5:58 AM
I am sort of new to cycling, which i took up to keep fit for my other hobbies, Soccer and Backpacking. I also love playing softball, guitar, reading, singing Barbershop music, and Sleeping. :- )

What a great life!

my turn ons are sunsets, puppies, and whirreled peas...JS Haiku Shop
Aug 21, 2002 6:13 AM
* spending time with my little one and with family
* yardwork and chores 'round the house
* reading: periodicals, adventure & mystery fiction, nonfiction
* this board. hobby? interest? addiction?
* PC video games: strategic/real-time
* running and weight training in the "dark months"
* chess when a warm-blooded opponent is available (don't care for computer chess)
* home improvement and projects
* travel, when time permits
* music: listening and playing (more former, less latter)
* mtb in winter or on vacation (more in 2003)

I also am a bona-fide Trekkie and collect not only ST crap, but also Star Wars and other space-related garbage. once upon a time, i enjoyed dabbling with computers and technology at home, but have since long-burned-out, spending my working hours in front of 3+ machines and administering many more.