This piece comes from the stern archives and was first published on April 2, 2023.

Reports of sports experiences often begin with the sentence: It was torture. True, it was. I don’t want to deny that either. For a long time, pushing one’s own limits in sport was foreign to me. I’ve never run a marathon; my last competition was in tennis as a teenager. It’s been ages. And then I stopped immediately. I wanted to have fun playing sports and not fight doggedly for victories.

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