This happened on Thursday.
Yes that’s the first stripe on my purple belt. I only got the gosh darn thing on September 30. Plus I was out for 2 months with the hip flexor injury. I feel like it came too fast. Oh well. Best just go with the flow I guess. I’ve been teaching a bit. I like it. I’m able to do more of what I want to work on. We have several new white belts, so I’m going to have to start planning 2 small lessons. I know it’s always good to work on basics, but the vets need new things to try/learn as well. It’s just another challenge. 🙂 I think there’s an art to teaching. I seem to be good at it. Probably because of my experience teaching skiing and Muay Thai.
Left knee is swelled up like a grapefruit. God dammit!!! No sharp pains though. Hopefully I just overworked it and didn’t do MORE damage. I don’t think I could take another major knee repair. 6 surgeries between the pair is enough. FUCK OFF KNEES!!!
I was planning on going to BJJ class tonight, but all too often in life, things change. I got a call from work to come in for OT. Unfortunately making extra money is a higher priority right now. I wish, like everyone else does I’m sure, it wasn’t. I’ll have to be satisfied with my morning workout at the gym. It was a good one, production copious amounts of sweat.
I have been thinking about doing a tournament in October. Part of me wants to avoid all competition because I’m embarrassed when my fellow competitors find out how long I’ve been training, and then see my on mat incompetence. There’s another part of me that really loves the competition. It’s hard to suppress that part… I don’t know what to do. It’s a while until the registration deadline. I’m sure I will flip-flop back and forth many times until then. Anyways, here’s the tourney info if anyone is interested in competing.
This week I have worked 42 hours of overtime. That’s 42 hours on top of my regular schedule. That’s a lot. It hasn’t left any time for exercising. It has also meant that I have had to eat and run quite a bit. I haven’t been making the best choices. Nothing really bad. Lots of carbs and not much fruit and veggies. I can feel it. I have that dirty, fat feeling. It’s like going to the gym every day cleanses me. When I don’t go I feel dirty.
I need to really re-commit myself. I want to be the guy that can grapple match after match until everyone else is tired. I want to be the guy that can spar another round when everyone is done. I want to be the guy that people watch in the gym because the workouts are crazy hard. I want to be the guy that has no qualms about taking his shirt off at the beach.
It’s not like I’ve been off the exercising for months. It’s only been about a week and a half. However, I feels a lot longer. I’ve been focusing a lot on the traditional heavy weight lifting, muscle-building routines for the last little bit. I like it quite a bit, but I think a change may be due. I am thinking about a 2 day weight lifting routine and then several circuit/body weight/interval training routines the rest of the week. If I’m going to get back in to the BJJ, then I need a good combination of strength and cardio conditioning.
I know what to do and what to eat. The question is, will I put what I know in to practice???