9 Hoopless Days/Nights, 2 Trips to the Doctor & Being OK With Falling Short on a Goal

by Kenny Eller on November 8, 2011

My meds for over the last week. :-(

After nine extremely long days and nights that ranged from a mild soar throat and achy tiredness to a sinus infection that left me barely able to breathe or speak, I made my way back on the court this past Sunday and played the game I love.

Besides my injury, that had been the longest period of time I had gone without picking up a basketball in a little over a year.  While I think I handled my illness much better than I did when I was sick at almost the same time last year, I was beyond excited to be back to basketball and played surprisingly well, even if I wasn’t at 100%.

Last evening, as I headed back to the doctor’s office, I definitely second guessed my return to the court.  I felt drained and was still slightly congested, even though I had been on antibiotics and Mucinex-D since last Wednesday.  Perhaps the blowing of the nose in between games should have nudged me to understand I wasn’t quite ready to be playing, but it’s tough to stay away from something you crave, so I enjoyed every second.

As I sit at my computer at 3 am this morning (Tuesday morning) and type this, I gladly report that besides some heavy eyes from an inability to sleep, I’m feeling pretty good!

Still, I’ll probably give myself a couple of more days before jumping back into my normal basketball routine.

As you might have guessed, I can’t wait! :-)

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Falling Short on a Goal

I set out on October 21, 2010 with a lofty goal that most might have thought was unattainable.  I set out to make 100 Free Throws in a row.

365 days later, I didn’t get there.

Instead I got to 47 free throws in a row…just 47 percent of my yearly goal.

Why I Only Got to 47 Free Throws In A Row

Simple answer:  I didn’t work hard enough…at making Free Throws.

I often found myself struggling internally between standing at the free throw line shooting and doing some sort of move that would aid me in an upcoming 1-on-1 match-up.  The 1-on-1 conditioning won out, as this is a journey about me getting ready to play Michael Jordan 1-on-1 and thus I fell short of my goal.

Why I’m OK with 47 In A Row…For Now

I made 47 free throws in a row!  My previous high when basketball was my life (when I was younger) was 32, so I improved by 15 shots or almost 50% and became a far more consistent shooter over the last year.

Because of that I’m happy and feel I was successful, even if I didn’t get to my goal.

100 Free Throws In A Row…Here I Come!

Just because I didn’t meet my own deadline doesn’t mean I’m stopping.  I still want to make 100 in a row and there is no doubt in my mind that I will do so.

I haven’t set another completion date and I’m not sure that I will, but I WILL keep shooting and keep you updated on my progress!

Until next time, all the best and thank you for following along on my journey to play MJ!

Oh and if these words find your eyes and your healthy, be sure to appreciate your health!  I know I surely will!

I’m going back to bed! 😉

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DP November 8, 2011 at 7:28 am

Utterly bizarre… just found your site and read your Oct 27 blog, read through all the pages, and clicked back to the home page and saw this new post by you in the last 5 minutes. I love this site. I love what it stands for. This is all so amazing. Wishing you the best in EVERYTHING.

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Kenny Eller Kenny Eller November 8, 2011 at 7:53 am

Thank you DP! Appreciate the kind words and support!

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