The year 2010 was a great year for me basketball wise. I played in 52 official league basketball games over the course of the year. In addition I squeezed in a lot of time playing with various friends throughout the course of the year. 2010 was highlighted by my Fall basketball league winning the league title, my first ever in over 8 years playing in the league.
After taking some time off between Christmas and the beginning of 2011, I resumed playing in a Thursday league that finished tonight. Since I had not play extensively to start 2011, I was a little out of shape and didn't play too well.
However, in recent weeks, I realized that age may be creeping up on me. After officiating a rather intense basketball last Friday, my knees were quite sore. I played basketball on both Saturday and Sunday and officiated yet another game on Monday. My knees were hurting pretty badly.
I didn't do any strenuous activities for a couple of days before playing tonight. I felt fine during warm ups but toward the end of the game, my right knee starting aching. I finish the game just fine but the knee is still rather sore at the moment.
While it could age, it also could be my basketball shoes which took a lot of pounding through my 52 game season in 2010. In either case, I realize I need to slow down a bit. I have enjoyed a rather healthy run since 2007 (no serious injuries). It's been quite fun and while I'd love to keep that up, I need to realize that your body can only take so much.
It's going to be hard to take it easy the next few weeks as I am officiating and have a couple of basketball leagues starting up. However, I am going to get plenty of rest so my body can recover and try to avoid injury.