Sometimes my meanderings on the web take me to unexpected places. Today I accidentally ended up on a new website called Sykose which is dedicated to extreme sports. Although the site stated it was “aimed at the man in the street who feels extreme”, I assumed they would not discriminate against a pudgy, old woman who was a self-professed adrenaline junkie.
What I found particularly interesting on this site was a summary of the various ‘disciplines’ of extreme sport that I assume they will be covering as their site grows. My curiosity was tweaked.
There were 76 extreme sports listed in 9 categories such as Air, Water, Winter etc. The category “Sykotic” got my attention and – surprise! – I found both Ironman and Triathlon on that list. Interesting. It made me wonder what other sports were in this list that I had tried at least once.
Wow! – in 76 extreme sports, I had tried 14 at some point in my life. I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that my result might be above the population ‘norm’. Some of these sports, like Ironman and Scuba Diving, I have done several times. Many others, like Sky Diving and Formula 1, I’ve attempted only once.
Yes – I did say Formula 1. Admittedly, it was only racing car “school” which I suspect was not the intention of the Sykose extreme list, but hey, since we are self assessing here, I’m going to be generous with myself.
I had the opportunity to spend a day learning how to drive a Formula 1 race car and then ‘race’ against the other 7 participants in the class. Once I got over the initial claustrophobia of the tight cockpit, it was a lot of fun zipping around the course practicing the manoevers we had been taught. It required considerably more effort to drive and control the car than I would have thought.
I was the only girl in the group and, not surprisingly, I finished dead last. I might be an adrenaline junkie but apparently I’m a slow one …. unless it involves gravity and hurtling to earth at 200 km/hr in a one mile freefall. In that case, it’s simply a matter of hoping for the best.
While I didn’t find any new inspiration while perusing Sykose, it did give me a great trip down memory lane. In the meantime, I will just have to enjoy the view from the hamster wheel while I continue to search for my next big goal.