Fashionably late.

Well, intentionally or not, I’ve arrived a little later than I planned. Some might call it fashionably late. I discovered after I got back from training last night I’ve managed to drop from around 65 and a bit kg to 63.5 kg. I was pleased.

It’s been really hot in the UK of late and training at points has been the equivalent of stepping into a sauna. The more people there are the warmer it gets and even if it’s been a low number it still gets hot in there quickly.

Who needs Thailand. Speaking of Thailand, I found myself a cheap (ish) flight out to Bangkok and then Phuket around October time. Dependent on finances I may have to head out to the land of smiles for the 3rd time in my life. We’ll see how it goes.

Training wise things are moving back on track, and I was pleasantly surprised yesterday evening to feel that everything feels a lot smoother and a lot more fluid than it has for a while. Sparring was pretty tough but a good push, when it’s warm it’s a real test of your stamina ironically enough reminding me of that time I was training in Bangkok and decided to go all out on the pads for the first bit, and felt like I was going to pass out by the third.

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Life as they say is often like that. It catches you off guard but as long as you learn something that’s the main thing. At the moment I’m currently getting my head down and getting on with it.

I’m capable of organizing and motivating myself in most areas of my life and training is one of them. I need a big push this week and next and ideally I want to be down towards 61 kg by Friday.

When you combine training with running yes it can be done. In fact, it’s safe to say combined with a unusually warm day (remember global warming doesn’t exist) the weight falls off me.

I think I need to spend a bit more time doing free weights at home as well as press ups and everything else at the gym. I can hit hard but I’d like to be a little stronger, my fitness as always is pretty good but it could be better.

Anyone that tells you running isn’t an essential part of training for a fight or even just training needs to have a word with themselves. At the moment I’m running a couple of times a week but I keep changing my route to fit around my day. Weekends let me go for bigger ones lunch times often vary.

Setting myself little goals outside of the gym often help with focus and when you’ve got a fight to work towards focus is essential. I moved past setting limits on what I can and can’t achieve a while back now because anything is possible if you really set your mind to it.

The worst kind of limitations are the self imposed ones and if opportunity knocks (as it may possibly do at some point over the week) then I know it’s down to me to answer. Sometimes what you want isn’t actually what you want to but I’ve found that when I always step out of my comfort zone good things often happen, in fact it’s safe to say that doing so has never let me down yet. And besides there’s a gift in every situation.

Focusing on something often deals with any anxiety attached anyway. Running my own business has shown me how to cope with stress and micro manage myself if needs be and in terms of Thai boxing I think those skills apply as well as what I’ve learnt over the years through competing and training.

In terms of where I’m at right now I know I’m getting better. Whoever said that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks clearly met the wrong dog.  I’ve realized little by little   that I’m in the right place.

I’m looking forward to training the rest of this week and next week onwards  and maybe just maybe I’ll be back in the square ring sooner than I thought. After all life is what you make it. In the meantime have a great week, train hard and just like the last time.. I’ll see you on that road.

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