It's a fair question. He/she (?) is not the first to ask that. I ask myself that all the time.
The short answer is "because I feel like it."
That's what an old tennis partner used to say, just loud enough for his doubles partner and opponents to hear, after hitting a winner.
Athletes know the feeling by other names — runner's high, in the zone, out of your head, grooved, unconscious — but I like "better than sex" for those rare moments of perfection for us amateurs more familiar with failures that are "worse than dental surgery."
As one of the PGA's attorneys said in court last week, professional athletes are held to high standards for the integrity of the game.
"When you become a professional athlete you don't always get to do everything the man on the street gets to do," said Rich Young, a lawyer in Colorado Springs who has worked on the Floyd Landis case and other major doping suspensions.
If, as a weekend warrior, you could take drugs to boost your strength, speed your recovery, improve your time, or calm your nerves, would you do it? I'm not so sure.
Enjoy 'em while you got 'em, athletes. Here's one man's story of injury, decline, and hopefully recovery next year.
The event includes something for riders from 5 to 55 years old, ranging from a 50-yard dash to a 40 minute race over the 1.5 mile course. There is also a men's pro division with a 50-minute race.
Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the first races are at 9 a.m. Mountain bikes are welcome, and the entry fee is $30 for all categories ($10 for childrem 14 and under), benefitting the Church Health Center.
Cyclocross is spectator friendly and held on an obstacle course that requires riders to dismount several times and carry their bikes.
The best beers for athletes, according to an unscientific survey of athletes I know, are these:
More than 16,000 people signed up to participate in last weekend's 2009 Komen Memphis-Midsouth Race for the Cure in Germantown. The St. Jude Memphis Marathon in December is at capacity with 3,500 participants in the marathon and a good chance of making the goal of 12,000 more in the FK and half marathon.
There are some lessons for backers of other sports vying for attention and funding in Memphis.
In January I set personal goals for strength, weight, and competition with a goal of winning a national age-group championship. So far, so so. I've met two of the three goals but have been backsliding lately, and I come up with new excuses every week.