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    Question for those who have recently (or not so recently) retired from active competition...

    Do you guys ever miss competing a lot? Whenever I watch wrestling I feel like I want to compete again, but I don't really have the time- or the willpower- to train for an entire season. I've done a bit of coaching, and I'm considering giving that a serious try... or another, less intensive sport, or maybe just training for a couple of months to wrestle one or two tournaments. Or should I try to get on with my (non-wrestling) life?

    Ideas? Suggestions?

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    If the itch is there scratch it. There will come a day when you won't be able to reach the itch.
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    yes, but does the itch ever really go away? I have a golden opportunity to wrestle here in Iowa with the summer freestyle nationals and the Iowa games (they do it for all age groups), and there's never a year that passes when I don't get the serious itch to wrestle in them. I also stay in pretty good shape through working out to where I wouldn't need to do too much more serious training. To me, this would be the biggest hindrance.

    However, being too vain to ever get my ass kicked, I opt to not wrestle in them, but I want to every year.
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    It hasn't gone away for me either.
    I have been doing Judo for many years just because it is almost a substitiute and requires a whole lot less commitment
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    I've thought about wrestling some Greco, there's only one or two tournaments in the style a year in Canada and I've had some success in the past. However, I'm also quite thankful that I've ended my career with all my joints intact and I wonder if more wrestling- without adequate training- is tempting fate.

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    The urge never goes away.

    But you sort of have to remember the refrain from Old Folks Boogie by Little Feat:

    "And You Know That You're Over the Hill
    When Your Mind Makes a Promise That Your Body Can't Fill
    Doin' the Old Folks Boogie
    And Boogie We Will
    'cause to Us the Thought's As Good As a Thrill "

    http://www.last.fm/music/Little+Feat/_/Old+Folks+Boogie

    I've had that happen and I hurt for months afterward.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by WrestlingTerp View Post
    The urge never goes away.

    But you sort of have to remember the refrain from Old Folks Boogie by Little Feat:

    "And You Know That You're Over the Hill
    When Your Mind Makes a Promise That Your Body Can't Fill
    Doin' the Old Folks Boogie
    And Boogie We Will
    'cause to Us the Thought's As Good As a Thrill "

    http://www.last.fm/music/Little+Feat/_/Old+Folks+Boogie

    I've had that happen and I hurt for months afterward.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by arm-spin View Post
    Question for those who have recently (or not so recently) retired from active competition...

    Do you guys ever miss competing a lot? Whenever I watch wrestling I feel like I want to compete again, but I don't really have the time- or the willpower- to train for an entire season. I've done a bit of coaching, and I'm considering giving that a serious try... or another, less intensive sport, or maybe just training for a couple of months to wrestle one or two tournaments. Or should I try to get on with my (non-wrestling) life?

    Ideas? Suggestions?
    I agree with others, the urge never goes away. But as Terp suggests (through Lowell George) the mind may be willing long after the body isn't. I wrestled a couple freestyle opens a few years after college. Worked hard to prepare, the mind still functioned OK, but the body just couldn't cooperate with everything the mind was telling it (especially the lungs!). A couple decades later its still "in the blood" but at some point over time (different for everyone of course) you get peace over the fact that ya can't bring it like ya used to. It doesn't mean you can't still enjoy the sport though.

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    After I finished my education and went to work, I became a volunteer assistant coach at the local high school. I really enjoyed rolling around with the kids. In the last few years, I've been unable to get down on the mat because of various physical ailments, and coahcing isn't nearly as much fun anymore. I don't miss competition, but I do miss the wrestling a lot.
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