Feeling Extreme

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.

Circa 2002

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.

About Joanne Sisco

Retired but not idle. Life is an adventure - I plan to continue to embrace it.
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8 Responses to Feeling Extreme

  1. You are a Formula 1 driver? Wow! You are my and himself’s hero. (Bad grammar? I could just say “our”.)

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    • joannesisco says:

      LOL! Not exactly a Formula 1 driver – more like I’ve had the privilege of driving a Formula 1 car. I think the gap between the two is pretty huge 🙂
      I have to say though, the experience was really, really cool!

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  2. The 76 would make a great bucket list except that some of them were beyond the pale for ageing wannabes like me. I have a policy of trying one new sport a year so perhaps I’ll use this list as feedstock. I love your blog. Keep it up.

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    • joannesisco says:

      Thanks Charles. I appreciate the feedback. As you know, sometimes it can be rather lonely when you aren’t sure your voice is being heard. I’m told it’s not supposed to be important – expressing yourself is the point – but we are achievers and need the audience 🙂
      Your reaction to the list was the same as mine. The mind is in denial about aging but the body simply isn’t as willing as it once might have been!

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  3. davecenker says:

    No wonder you are having such a difficult time coming up with a new and exciting goal 😉 All kidding aside, sometimes a trip down memory lane is all you need to reignite a spark. Or form a new one 🙂

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  4. Wow, you live life to the extreme! I never would have thought of you as an adrenaline junkie but I think that is really neat! You go get ’em, Joanne! 🙂 I’ll be in the corner with my camera handy. 😉

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