Punchy Punchy, Kicky Kicky

I trained Muay Thai last night.  Even though there is still swelling, discomfort, and a general fucky feeling in my knee, I made the decision to attend class.  My motivation was three-fold. 

Firstly, I really miss training at Grizzly Gym.  I wanted to go back last week, but my nervousness of potential injury to said knee, stopped me.  Since the surgery, things feel different.  It’s hard to explain.  The Dr. says that the ACL graft which I had done in 1996 is still holding, and that all he did was remove the bucket-handle tear.  However, things feel different in the joint.  It doesn’t feel as stable.  Maybe it’s because I had lived with the tear for so long.  I don’t know when it happened…

Secondly, I’m getting even fatter and more disgusting then I usually am.  I’ve been eating shitty and drinking a lot of beer (for me) lately.  I can’t even stand to see my reflection.  It’s repugnant in every way.  Flab flopping around everywhere.  Ughhh.  Disgusting!

Thirdly, I have been sleeping even less than usual.  I’m talking 4 hours a night of restlessness.  So I figured that if I went and did some punchy punchy, kicky kicky in the evening, it might tire me out enough that I would sleep well…  It didn’t actually work out as I had hoped.

Aside from all the negativity above, I was pleasantly surprised how my knee held up.  Of course, I was worried about kicking, but as it turns out, the only times I felt discomfort was when I was punching.  I’ve always been a stickler for technique in my Muay Thai, so I rotate my hips a lot when I punch.  I guess that puts a little torque on the knee that I’ve never really noticed before.  Anyways, class went well.  I was able to kick fairly hard; maybe 60% of my normal.  It felt really good to be punching and working combos.  I forgot how much I love Muay Thai.

I’m still to nervous to go back to Jiu Jitsu.  Kneeling is still very uncomfortable and the swelling doesn’t allow a full bend.  I’d be constantly worried about it, so I think I’ll give it another week and then re-evaluate.

Been A Hard Week

My body is sore.  A good sore though.  The kind of sore where you know that the hard work is going to make a difference.  I’ve also been very carefully watching the food I consume.  My wife and I are in a little mini challenge for the month of November.  It’s been hard at times, but I think it will pay off.

I have been working hard for several things:

1. Ontario Provincial Jiu Jitsu Championships – Run by the OJA, this will be my final tournament of 2013.  I don’t have any weight top lose, in fact, I may be able to drop to a lower division without too much effort if things keep going the way they are.  I’m not trying for it, but if by the time I register, I meet the requirement, of course I will sign up for it.

2. Ski Trip To Whistler – I need to make sure that I am in tip-top condition for this.  I plan on skiing very hard.  I wouldn’t want something stupid like being out of shape to hinder my fun.  Also, with my knees in a state of disrepair, I can only assume that the less mass I have for them to carry as I rocket down the mountain side, the better off I’ll be.

3. BJJ Blue Belt – One day after I get back from Whistler (Dec 16), I will test fo my BJJ Blue Belt.  Phew.  It’s been a long time coming.  I need to make sure I am prepared.  There are still several things that I need to drill, drill, and drill.  I will need to make sure I make all the classes that I can.  I would be mortified if I didn’t pass the test.

So this week I didn’t spend too much time doing heavy lifting in the weight room.  My arm and abductor were still quite sore.  I still made it for workouts.  I did several RPM classes, ran, skipped, rowed, climbed stairs, yogaed, several BJJ classes, and I even made it out to Muay Thai…  The one weight workout I did this week was yesterday.  I spent my time working my upper body.  I’ll be having  little rest today and tomorrow

I can’t wait for next week.