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So I joined a beach volleyball group. Sundays that summer became a joyous mix of sand, sun and beer. And I met someone. We dated for six weeks before I broke it off. To me, that seemed equivalent to six months in single-and-fortysomething years. Story continues below advertisement Story continues below advertisement Encouraged by such a long relationship, I grew bolder.
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Conversations with other singles netted valuable information about meeting mates online. I was amazed at how quickly and openly they broached the topic of Internet dating: Create a savvy Internet persona and nickname.
At first, I scoured each profile and crafted individualized messages. About eight dates in, I got my groove and began to send more messages with fewer words. I started dating up a storm, sometimes two a night back to back. The guys were entertaining, the restaurants nice, the conversations fun, but disappointingly there were no real sparks. None turned out to be the optimistic, self-assured traveller I was looking for. My approach needed a change. Instead of a restaurant, perhaps an activity would give me more insight into his personality and possible shared interests.
So my next date unfolded at a photography shoot for a band. He took photos with a passion that was endearing. Photography, which we both enjoyed, was also a good focus for our conversation.
Sharing the same sense of humour, we laughed and talked into the wee hours of the night. Parting, we set up a second date for the coming weekend. Story continues below advertisement On Saturday at my place, two coffees were steaming on the table as soft music played in the background.
According to my research, the second date was when you delved into your potential partner's past to suss out any family skeletons or Ponzi scheming. I wanted to be in comfortable surroundings in case of an unpleasant secret.
In this intimate setting, we each shared our biggest life challenge. His was an unfinalized divorce, mine a new career path but no actual job. Mulling it over, we concluded our baggage was manageable in the bigger scheme. After all, dating in your 40s is not a fairy tale. But was the chemistry from the first night still there?
Butterflies in my stomach, I nodded ecstatically. She comes to an abrupt halt in the hallway, forcing me to stop as well. My focus has to be on trials if I want to have any chance at all of going to the Olympics.
You can stay with me. When I first started gymnastics, life was totally ordinary. I did everything—soccer, ballet, T-ball. But when I turned six, gymnastics took over. After that there was no turning back.
I loved it, and my parents sacrificed to make it work. That was when we lived in Indiana.
When I was eight, my coaches wanted me to be homeschooled because a flexible schedule would give me more time to practice gymnastics, so Mom spent three years homeschooling me. But I missed real life.THE FLIP SIDE - BEST FRIENDS
Then we moved to Columbus, Ohio, where I started at one of the best gyms in the country. And I wanted it. I wanted it bad. But I also wanted a life outside the gym. My parents and my coaches worked out a schedule so that I could go to public school and I did still manage to make Junior Elite by thirteen. It balances out the crazy in the rest of my life. And life as an elite gymnast can get crazy.
When I was younger, just starting gymnastics, I idolized several elite gymnasts, followed their careers, and imagined the day when I would be where they were. A couple of them had overly enthusiastic supporters following them around, bombarding them with social media posts.
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It seemed a little scary to have perfect strangers following your life so closely. I also remember seeing a YouTube video of a gymnast crying because she was being heckled after a poor showing at a meet.
I felt enough pressure competing. So when I returned to public school, I decided to keep my gymnastics life a secret. In order to maintain some semblance of normality in my life, I perform a balancing act. On social media I have my gymnastics followers who leave fan mail on my Charlie Ryland Gymnast account pages.
I post videos and pictures there sometimes, but only of gymnastics. Charlotte Ryland is the name on my personal Instagram account, where I never, ever post gymnastics stuff. No one seems to have put two and two together, thank goodness.