Helensvale and Broadbeach Bowls Clubs -- went to both today. Helensvale this morning, Broadbeach in the afternoon.
Rained at both venues -- and still the bowling was just amazing. We did stop during the major part of the rain. I never saw any standing or puddled water on the greens. The greens drain so quickly and it didn’t slow them down all that much, either.
Janice, Alex, Anne, and I went to downtown Broadbeach for dinner. Tonight, it was Italian at a place called Don’t Gnocc It. I had a dish called Burnt Butter Gnocchi. Soooooo good. And then gelato for dessert (a scoop of coffee crunch and mint for me). I was too busy gobbling mine down to notice what Alice, Anne, and Janice’s selections were.
The photos are from the area where we ate dinner. Most pleasant.
Tomorrow morning, we bowl a practice match against the Fiji women’s team (we’re playing fours and singles); the guys are doing the same with the Fiji men’s team.
And then in the late afternoon, it’s time for the Opening Ceremony.
And now for Alex's take on the day:
On being uncomfortable. I have this crazy drive of always wanting to be more. Not to have more necessarily, but always pushing to see how far I can go—how far I can push myself to be better at what I do. There are some things I am naturally good at. They are not necessarily easy, but I know I can accomplish them with a bit of effort. Then there is sport. I didn’t play sport when I was young, and I doubt I have natural talent. I have to work hard at it. And at times it’s extremely uncomfortable. Not physically, but the mental anguish I go through. It’s not that I believe I can’t do it. I am willing to work harder and longer. And I have this endless determination and refusal to give up. Then today, driving in the rain, on the other side of the road (Australia), unfamiliar with the route to the club, to home, having to have some directions repeated twice, feeling uncomfortable and anxious– primarily because I didn’t want to damage the car or my passengers, I had an insight. I really got it. Driving on the other side of the road is new to me. It is not something I do naturally because it is new. New and not being immediately competent at something is uncomfortable for me. Not being fully competent and being seen as lacking competence is highly uncomfortable for me. Then it clicked. Performance in sport is visible. Errors are visible. The more I want to grow in sport, it is going to be uncomfortable. This afternoon in practice I relaxed into being comfortable with being uncomfortable. I had fun.