Hi. Before I start to make excuses it’s worth mentioning that training over the past week or so has been a little lighter on the ground than I’d like, mainly due to being full of cold. I’ve learnt the hard way a few times when it comes to Thai boxing and germs that training when sick isn’t the way forward.
So, despite a short break (I made it down there twice so at least that’s something )and a despondent week of feeling sorry for myself, this week onwards I’m back on the horse. After all this time somethings never change and really, when all is said and done I wouldn’t have it any other way.
A couple of weekends back I did an interclub locally that went pretty well. I had been out for a pre-birthday night on the tiles with an old friend and it’s always a struggle the day after the night before to do anything even remotely athletic but I saw it through.
I’ve found that I’m getting back to the old me. What I mean by that is that I’m standing my ground a lot more as well as coming forward Although slightly more strategically than my bull in a china shop mentality of fights gone by. In hindsight, I don’t think it’s ever been that bad. Maybe I don’t give myself enough credit. I have hazy recollections of an old trainer of mine gesturing wildly with his arm from the corner when I wasn’t going forward enough. “In, in!.” that’s the Muay Thai way.
In a few weeks time, I’m back in the ring for the 18th fight in my up and down fighting career. Of course, I want to win but I also know when I fight I can never really lose. I think I will always love the combat and I’m going remember to use that as a driver over the next few weeks of training to push myself to be at my very best. It may not be an exam or even a grading but it’s a good challenge and a real accomplishment when you win.
This time around I should be fighting at 63kg and it’s with elbows again but using pads. Last time around I had no idea what to do with my elbows but a lot had to come flooding back quickly. I intend to be a little more prepared for December. We’ll see how it goes. Either way, from tomorrow onwards it’s back to the grind.
Back to the running as well. Only when you compete do you truly understand how important that is. It’s nice to keep fit it’s even better when you get sprints in your life. I think at the moment I’m doing well and it feels like nothing ever really takes too long to sharpen up again, bad colds or not. Here’s to things continuing to move in the right direction in the next few weeks ahead. Being honest, It just seems to get better with time. Have a great week, train hard and I’ll see you on that road.