Health Goal: Senior Badminton Tournaments

I had seen a wonderful life coach, Amy K and she worked with me to help me understand what I believe are life values.

From those conversations, she had told me that our life is like a wheel.   There are 4 sections to that wheel.  Health, Family, Work, Money. All of these 4 sections of our lives need to be in balance and taken care of.

She focused on having me define my personal values,  and from there I wrote down my long term life goals for each of the 4 sections of my life.

I use Trello to manage roughly 50 kanban boards.  Each board would normally have these columns: doing, backlog, done, wait.

This week I have been contemplating putting down a new life goal of playing in the senior badminton league.   This would fall into my health goal.  It would align well with my lifetime love of playing badminton 🏸.

My backlog for my kanban board currently consist of

  • signing up for one tournament in the general population to start competing again, since I am still 5 years away from the 50+ league
  • talking with Henry Y.  who has played and won tournaments in the senior league
  • start a new training regiment for badminton with my current Saturday badminton group
  • play at least one singles game a week in order to start enjoying the gruesome singles game of endurance

dreaming of father+daughter team

I have this fantasy of playing badminton with C. as a mixed doubles team. The C.+Tony dynamic duo! She is 12 years old, flying at the birdie in front of the net. Father Tony jumping and smashing from the back. We are both enjoying executing what we’ve been training to do during our weekly badminton training sessions. Father and daughter filling in the gaps for each other as any good doubles team should be doing.

Now back to reality. C. is 6 1/2 years old and we are hanging out at the local badminton club :-)

This morning is the first step to that fantasy as I bring C. to the GGBC badminton club this Sunday morning. She refused to play for the first 2 hours, citing that she would rather play in the basketball courts close to my apartment. I spend the first 2 hours practicing serving 100 birdies into a bucket across the court. Then when her battery ran out for her MacBook, she came over and said she was bored.

She brought over her racket and I started to practice with her, by throwing birdies over the net and she was hitting them nicely across the net as I clown around bouncing the birdies on my head and my foot. She was loving it!!!

There was a badminton class that was going to start in 15 minutes but the coach was late. So I substituted for the coach and I helped coached 3 other kids along with C.. The other kids were 10-12 years old and I had C. return drop shots from the kids as I trained the older ones and made them run, swing the racket and sweat… Kate had a wonderful time and when we got home, she asked for more badminton training..

I think my fantasy will become reality one day. C. was coming up with our team name already. C&T badminton team

torned tendon, gone is my foot for 3 months

tonight I was playing badminton for 1 hour before I had to work late night. When I was doing a pretty simple jump smash, I felt this twist on my foot.. So I thought it was a simple ankle twist.. I was rubbing it and something seem weird. This tendon, behind my ankle was gone.. I was comparing it to my right foot, my left foot is missing a tendon!

I walked over to the hospital in Chinatown and was told that I needed surgery to reconnect the achilles tendon rupture.. I’ll be out for 3 months. The odd thing was that I was not shocked, I was just reading my Chinese book and accepted it as part of a learning experience.

Now I am forced to build up some upper body strength, finally slowing down and stop running around. Maybe it’s a blessing in disguise. I might even move back with my parents to be pampered for a few days a week :-)