You ever think what it would be like to lose all the time? Not some of the time; all the time. And as you're losing, you're getting physically beat up. While you're losing and getting beat up, you're also getting criticized for even attempting to play. And when you finally win, you honor a pledge not to talk about it.
That pretty much describes what Patricia Miranda went through during her five-year collegiate wrestling career at Stanford in the late 90s. Competing against men in the 118-pound weight class (though she usually wasn't within 10 pounds of that), Miranda got kicked around the wrestling room for four years; got her shot to crack the lineup in her fifth year only after one wrestler got injured and another had academic problems; lost every dual-meet bout she wrestled; and usually came away feeling like she had been run over by a milk truck. She finally beat a male, other than by forfeit -- it happened at a tournament -- but felt so bad for him she agreed not to provide specifics to interviewers.
Sound like fun?