Does running late count as exercise?

Well this is a shameful post, which is why I think I just kept delaying.

Make no mistake… I love sharing my story and it’s a mere coincidence that the last month has been easily the hardest month since starting… but I honestly couldn’t keep up with work, boxing, life and blogging so something had to give.  Sorry WordPress.

Where do I start?

How about with this…

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I had told myself that I would aggressively work my butt off to get to Blue and then would take a breather once I’m at blue to just get much better at technique and overall stamina.  The test though, yikes, that was fun.  The endurance part, not going to lie… killed it.  I was on point with my eating habits, downed a few Shock Blocks, my rounds on the heavy bag were just insanely strong.  The fun part to come was the technical.

Now I’d never tested with Coach Dan before but we did a private class beforehand so I could make sure I understood what was on the test, understand Dan’s style, etc. I jump in the ring to do the technical part of the test and half way through I completely blank.  So unlike me, I had been practicing for weeks, months even.  What threw me was after the defense portion of the test, Dan let me know I had used my 2 of my demerits (out of 3) and I still had 2 more modules of the test to go.  Sheer panic.  I think he could tell because I had gone from beet face to ghost 🙂  I got my head on straight, of course channeled my inner Manny, and made it through the technical.  One more portion of endurance left.  Lucky for me, Jack showed up.

Now Jack… this young steed:

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He’s likely the reason that I was able to keep my spirits up for the last 20 minutes of the test which included arm calisthenics, 6 rounds of abs, and plank.  Now let me rephrase, he legit did the 2 minute final plank with me to keep me going.  Who does that?  Friends you make at a boxing club do.  2 minute plank sound easy to you?  Try it after 43 minutes of testing.

End result?

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Happily a member of blue.

So that puts me at February 5th.  And if you remember I said I’ve had the hardest month in boxing yet… but it all sounds like sunshine and rainbows!  White, passed. Yellow, passed.  Green, passed.  Blue, passed.  How tough could my journey be?

You see the problem with my approach at boxing, and at life in general, is that when I achieve a status, I literally feel myself go to the bottom of the next step.  No matter how much I’ve learned, no matter how far I come, when I get into a new world (in this case blue), I literally become blue….kinda like…

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I only had about 10 days of classes before I took a vacation and then business trips which meant about 10 days of exercise before 3 weeks of travel.. which then meant 10 days of stamina before 6 weeks of depressing inability to even walk up a flight of stairs without gassing myself.

Do you know how hard it is to find meaning in 10 days when you start back at zero and then have to lose everything physically you’ve been working toward for 4 months?

My two boxing buds are the only reason I kept up in those 10 days… Kiersten making sure I smiled daily, and Jack making sure that we held each other accountable to going to the club. Now one extra thing to note is that when we go to the club, we’re not there for the 1 hour class.  An hour before, sometimes more, and 30-60 mins after as well.  We were often spending 2.5 hours a day, 5x a week.  It’s impossible to keep that up alone… thus why the boxing buddy system has been implemented 🙂

The week leading up to my vacation was full of excitement… Jack and I basically getting me ready for sparring which to me seemed like the impossible because it’s the closest thing to fighting I was going to get before actually having a fight.

The first thing needed before jumping into the sparring ring was new gear… so just call me the sexy viking:

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But hey, the new sparring gloves weren’t bad…..

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And yes mom… that’s a mouthguard to protect these pretty teeth.

Now the sparring.  My first time.  I pulled the trigger after Steve and I got back from Mexico.  And let me say taking a vacation has never felt so well earned.  Make no mistake it was tough to come back to reality but I had such a neat task in front of me.

The class I took the night I sparred was actually with the team.  They combined the classes that night, I think one of the coaches was out sick.  I remember looking at Jack, Jack looked at me as if… this class if going to be tougher than normal.  It was the hardest class, especially cardio-wise that I’ve taken to date. And after this, I was going to spar for the first time?  Ya, OK. I finished the class, nervously put on my sparring gear, literally shaking and forgetting how to do up a simple buckle on my head gear.

There were 3 women that would be with me, we would all interchange partners in different rounds.

Now… rules are a bit different… given that I probably looked like a scared deer stepping in… the girls on the team throw slowly, and straight punches only.  Me, just don’t shit my pants.  Sounds about even, right?

Now I slightly joke… but that’s the lay of the land for my first time.  And you know what?  After I was able to relax, I didn’t do too bad… I have a copy of the video but it’s super bad quality 😦  Sorry…  Check out this Video

I can tell I was overly tense because I was sore for the first time in months… aka when I was hit, my muscles were so tense they didn’t absorb it like normal so I was sore.  No biggie.  The more I practice, the more I’ll relax. I think doing another 30 minutes of class after sparring didn’t help 😉  We’ll call that adrenaline.

Again you’re asking… everything is coming up Shan, so what’s so tough?

After that session, keep in mind I had only at this point had 7 Blue classes, I sat and asked myself… what am I doing?

What is the point of pouring my time into this goal?

Do people at the club think I’m a joke for taking on this goal in a quick manner?  Like I’m not respecting the sport?

What is the point of wasting the club’s time?  The coaches’ time?  Think of all the other people that go to the club that could actually be long-term contributors to the club’s name and brand.

What is the point of wasting Kiersten’s time?  Of Jack’s? Of Steve’s?

How selfish could I be?

For the first time since I started, I sat on my couch and thought about quitting.  Even as I type this I actually have tears trying to break their way through and I still can’t tell if it’s because I went through a tough time or because I’m ashamed that I almost quit something for once in my life.

Now after all of my work and personal trips, I’m struggling to find the strength to get my endurance back up to a level that can make me breath through a single 2 minute round.  Being able to physically take on a fight seems years away.

This is what riddles me. 

I’m not sure I’m through this rough patch… especially after I did my second round of sparring this week which to be honest was simply awful.

I guess this is what they meant by boxing being a mental sport.  Kiersten sent me this article the other week and it couldn’t have meant more… take a read if you have a chance:  Boxing Article

For the next 2 weeks… I will literally just take it one day at a time. As cheesy as that sounds.

And don’t worry, I’ll be better about posting going forward… that way it’s not a daunting long post of my sadness 🙂

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The Four Corner Strategy

When I joined Griffins, a coach told me that the mental game is way more exhausting than the physical and I shrugged that off, mainly because I didn’t understand what it meant.  While I’m by no means training to the same level as a lot of the boxers at the gym, I’m starting to feel the weight of training, on top of my everyday life.

It’s funny how the people around me compare the 2 sides of my life, almost put them up against each other to try and see which I’d prefer or which is worst.

The other day at work, a group of my coworkers asked me “How do you find the time and energy to go to boxing at the end of your day?”,  I smiled and said “Lately, I have more trouble finding the energy to go to work!”.  I’m not sure my boss would like to hear that 😉 I also had a big presentation at work this past week and I was incredibly anxious, which is pretty rare for me 🙂  Steve said, “What’s worst, giving this presentation or getting punched in the face?”.

This past month I’ve found to be so taxing on my mental game, which in turn impacted my health (2 rounds of the flu, I currently sound like Barry White as I type this). It’s hard you know, when times at work are challenging and you leave to go to boxing and you’re not excelling at that either, where else do you go to refuel?  To find the energy to pour back into your efforts?

All I can say is thank god for Steve and other supporters who make sure I go to class, or complete that project for work.

I guess it’s times like this when you really have to celebrate the wins.  Like passing my boxing test and joining the green crowd 🙂

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Now, despite me looking exhausted in that photo, I was completely at the top of my game.  I only told a handful of people I was taking the test Monday because my body and my mind have been wavering so much I didn’t want to set myself up to disappoint my supporters.  But my body completely fought through the flu that had been coming back and I barely broke a sweat in the first section of endurance.  I couldn’t be more proud.  I found myself flashing back to my test to get to yellow and remembering how I was drenched in sweat and out of breath, this for me was the biggest win of all.. an improvement on my strength and stamina.

Hardest part of the test?  The 90 seconds of tossing the heavy bag at a 45 degree angle, oh god my arms.

How did I do on technical?  Definitely not as clean as my private class I had taken the week earlier (likely the nerves) but only 1 demerit!!! Another big win 🙂  And coach Nick said my hook has improved soo much so I just need to keep practicing.

My favorite part of the test?  How hard Nick throws his hook when you have to block 🙂  Believe it or not, I love the feeling of someone hitting me hard.  It’s my favorite part of class but not a lot of the guys feel comfortable wailing on me (nor is that necessarily part of the class because we’re supposed to focus on technique).  This is the main reason I want to get to Blue.. or at least get some gear together so Kiersten and I can wail on each other in the privacy of our own gym 🙂

The sad part about getting my green… only taking one class since passing!!  Ugh, this flu has really taken me down. Hopefully I’ll be up to class starting Monday.

Things I’m changing up for the next couple of months:

  • Moving to 5 boxing classes a week (from 4).  I’ve taken out my one day a week at Club 16 to accommodate this.
  • Bumping up yoga to twice a week (from 1).  I’m so uptight and sore, I need a way to just let it alllll out.
  • I’m going to start a meditation pack on sports (Headspace, best meditation app every, even for skeptics like me!!) The pack is designed to help you reach peak performance and experience the benefits of mindfulness for focus, competition and recovery.  I think this will help me loosen up.
  • I’ve been thinking a lot about extending my 8 weeks of healthy eating/drinking to February (basically doubling my commitment).  I don’t know if I’ve lost weight since I haven’t jumped on the scale, but my clothes are looser, people have started commenting on me looking a little leaner, and other than me catching the flu twice this month, I feel overall better. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I don’t think about booze anymore?!  I’ve brought my family shame. 😦

 

Last thing for the day, I found this amazing article about boxing psychology with a great diagram:

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I just love this… and I feel like it really brings to light all of the things I’m trying to work on all at once which may make people realize how much is really going on in my head.

  1. Technical Ability:  This is all brand new, steep learning curve.
  2. Tactical Awareness:  Oh man I have barely made a dent in this but it’s a big part of green, introduction to ringmanship.
  3. Physical Strengths:  I feel like I’ve made huge strides in this corner but a long way to go, especially in stamina.  A 2 minute round can feel like an hour.  A lot of the work on my knee through physio has made any of this possible. If someone would have told me that I’d be sticking needles in my body weekly to make sure I can bend my knee, I would have told them I’d rather quit the sport.  Now I’m begging for more needles so I can go to class.
  4. Mental Strengths:  An area of focus.  I am the queen of motivation and discipline but confidence and self-belief are falling behind.  Hopefully my meditation efforts this month will help me channel my focus and stay calm.

Next post should be coming up within the next week or so with some of my new green skills.. shovel hooks and upper cuts 🙂

Wish me luck.

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The Unicorn Dress

Today marks my half way mark to being eligible for Green!  The sad part about today, or specifically about this week, is that I’ve fallen 2 classes behind having enough eligible classes before testing day (roughly November 24). It doesn’t mean I can’t do another private testing but I was hoping to try a group test.

Why did I miss those 2 classes?  My stupid knee.

In my last post I talked a little bit about my knee traction problem.Basically instead of the knee cap going up and down during basic things like walking, lunging, etc, it goes diagonally.  My last trip to chiro included a technique called Graston where she takes a a metal tool that looks like a blunt knife and scrapes scar tissue away through the skin.  I didn’t take a video at my appointment because I was either in tears or sweating too hard to think of it, but if you jump to 2:30 in this video it’ll give you a good idea of what I had done:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGeM-DuDmo4

After, she tapes me up which helps force the kneecap to go in the right direction:

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And then I took a trip to do some infrared sessions which gets the the blood flowing so that good tissue can rebuild faster:

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It looks very Frankenstein, I know.  But it really gets things flowing.

Out of my usual 4 classes a week, I only attended 2.  My Saturday morning class was after having 4 days of rest (1 chiro session and 2 infrared) and I took it pretty slow.  No squats, no rock climbers, no lunges, nothing.  But all the partner and bag work made me realize how much I use that knee!!  Stupid knee.  After getting home, I popped a few Aleve, had a bubbly (don’t worry I’m not including that photo!) and will wait until Monday to do another follow up class.  This also means I have to be extra careful so I can somehow squeeze in 2 classes into my regular schedule of 4/week  before November 24th.

But what was I actually going to talk about today?

I call this, the unicorn dress.

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Steve hates this dress… and I’ll tell you why.

I bought it several years ago as a “stretch” dress… as in, I need to lose that last few inches in order for it to look perfect on me.  Well guess what, I never lost those… and I may or may not have gained a couple more 😉

Steve hates this dress because every few weeks I try and put it on and angrily stomp around the house because it doesn’t fit right.  It zips up… but I also happen to look about 6 months pregnant in it. Stupid dress.  Usually by the end, he has to slide it off me like a banana peel and we’re both grunting and sweating from the ordeal.

I’m a clothing hoarder.. especially with pants.  They say you should toss out pants yearly that don’t fit because they go out of style anyways… but nope, I’m sitting on this pile since about 2008:

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I even have a pair of size 4 jeans in there.  Ya, I wore them after I got out of the hospital from a kidney infection.  I wore them once.  Then I got better.

I know we are all guilty of having things like these in our closets.  I’m willing to part with some of it, but that dress, I’m giving it one more shot.

And here’s the plan.

I’m a shitty eater.  I’m not necessarily talking eating pizzas all the time but more like… eat well for 4 days, then not eat anything for a day, then binge eat the next day on cereal only.  If I find time to plan my meals, especially for during the day I’m usually ok but if Steve’s not around for dinners I start wandering around the house at 7pm calling out his name.  On nights where I have late boxing classes, I usually just eat a protein bar before and then a shake after and call that dinner.

Those who know me or work with me know I don’t actually eat too much, which I think is a terrible stigma I give off given that I’m not stick thin.  And no, I don’t hide in my car eating McDonalds (that was my “fat-shannon” days circa 2010).  My weight comes from inconsistent eating patterns and my body often being under-fueled and confused.

So the plan.

I’m giving myself 60 days to clean up my nutrition act.  That puts me at December 23rd so that I can enjoy some Christmas dinner.

What it will include:

  • No alcohol (panic is setting in… literally my heart is racing)
  • No processed stuff (except bars/shakes)
  • No refined sugar
  • No gluten (hehe trick one! This is always the case!)
  • No dairy
  • Nothing fried
  • No friends… haha kidding, but this list feels pretty lonely….

It’ll include a lot of this:

What won’t it include?

  • No calorie counting.  I want this to feel like a “good choice” challenge, not a calculated make-work plan.
  • No cheating.  (I have one exception, noted below)
  • No jumping on the scale during the 60 days, just before and after.  Steve you better hide the scale (again).

 

What is the one exception?

We have  a trip to Vegas booked the second weekend of December.  There will be drinking and while I drink, I manage to find bags of chips… I can neither confirm nor deny that this may happen.

 

What is my goal out of this?

I better damn well lose some inches because I want to wear that dress on New Years Eve and I’m determined to take a picture in it and post it for you.  Steve… if you didn’t get the memo, you’re taking me out on New Years.

 

This starts tomorrow.

 

Fight Night #51

I finally attended my first live boxing fight!!

It’s funny.  Through this process a lot of people ask me “So who’s your favorite boxer?” but because this sport is new to me, it’s not like I’ve spent my life following the athletes and so I don’t have any.  Hell, up until a month ago I thought Rocky was a real person.  I’m pretty sure Steve is still laughing about this…  I know this because every time I’ve come back from a class he asks “Was Rocky there?”.  It’s a mortifying thing to share, but what’s the point of a blog if you’re not honest and in this case, vulnerable? 🙂

That being said.. because I started during the same time as the Olympics I was familiar with some olympic boxers and was delighted to find out that Claressa Shields was rooting for me and Kiersten. See below 🙂

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If that isn’t awesome, I don’t know what is.  And kudos to Kiersten to building that relationship.  #parrysbeforesweeps

 

OKOK back to the fight night.  First things first, I have a deeper burning desire to get in the ring.  Most people asked me if it made me more nervous to get in there, heck no.  I want to spar so badly.  I was sold when a microphone dropped from the ceiling for the announcer… it doesn’t take much to impress me folks.  Kiersten was more blown away by the announcer voice.  Equally cliche.

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A shot from the last fight but as you can see, the announcer is badass.

Top 4 things I learned from Fight Night:

  1. I’m pretty sure a walkout song isn’t a thing at this level.  Sigh.
  2. I’m pretty sure a walkout with an entourage isn’t a thing at this level. There goes my need to have an embroidered satin robe with a dramatic hood.  2x sigh.
  3. No ring girls?  Outraged.
  4. There were spit buckets!! That part of my dream lives on. It’s the one thing Steve won’t let me practice at home…

There were several exhibitions and then a couple key fights.  A highlight of my evening was seeing Simone in the ring (you know I can’t wait to join you in there!)

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The other highlight of my night was seeing the main event.  It blew me away that fights could happen without head gear but I learned that after 10 fights, you and your opponent can agree to both wear head gear or both not.  I can’t stand head gear or helmets (softball days) but given that this is a hobby and not a career, I can’t picture ever wanting to fight without the head gear.  Don’t worry mum.

My favorite clip from the highlight fight is here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqetSk4u5lw

I think the number one takeaways I had from watching that night was how important it is to always keep moving.  I have the worst habit of doing a combo and then standing there proud that I completed it.  You know I did the same thing in softball…  hit the ball hard and fast and stood at the plate and watched it (while my dad yelled at me to run).  I do remember getting used to the idea of hitting and booking it, maybe I can work a little harder on this at class.

Those were my highlights… the highlights of our boxing friends?  Seeing Kiersten and I in makeup.  Clearly there’s no difference in our looks in and outside the ring right…..?

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What’s up for this week?

Although I often feel like my hook is improving, every time I do target work with Coach Dave I feel like I take 10 steps back.  It’s what we refer to as the DP (terrible acronym) but it stands for the Dave Panics.  He’ll likely grin as he reads this but I’ll one day get over the fact that he intimidates me way more than the other coaches so I panic and forget everything I’ve ever learned.

In other news… for those who don’t know… my right knee has been causing me a world of pain.  I have an amazing Osteopath (shoutout to Becky) and Chiro (shoutout to Lindsay) but unless I take a break longer than a day, my knee problem isn’t going to solve itself.  I have a pretty high tolerance for pain so it’s a lot saying I’m even considering taking a week off.

We’ll see.

Apparently the constant lunge stance and then deeper lunges to body punch have led to a patellofemoral tracking issue.  In short, my kneecap is not tracking straight and instead it’s grinding up against my femur.  Yes, it’s as painful as it sounds.  During class I don’t notice during target practice because I’m full of adrenaline but outside of that I’m in a ton of pain.  Maybe Steve will give me the talk tonight about the “long term goal vs. short term gain of taking a rest”…  but we’ll see if I listen. 😉

I’ll see if I can focus on the core body movements (still do some dynamics stances and twisting) but less of the lunging, squatting and overall exercises.

Today’s rest day so my feet are up, and the wine glass has been poured.

Wish me luck this week.

 

 

 

Hooking and the Dingle Ball

It’s been awhile since my last post. I’ll probably move to once a week since I’m getting to a stage where I’m constantly practicing the same move over and over.  To you, that may sound boring.  To me, it sounds like a burning love for boxing 🙂

 

For the record, I’m still loving this sport.  I kinda relate it to meeting Steve. 

 

I think about it all the time.

When I’m not practicing it, I’m thinking about it at home, at work.

I’m constantly thinking about ways to get to know it better.

I should probably stop there with the analogies before it gets weird 😉

 

OK first.. a fun selfie with my boxing bud Kiersten.

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Please note our sweaty faces and of course my bad ass jaguar wraps.  Yet another shout out to my awesome boxer friend Ali for the wraps as a “congrats on moving to yellow” present.  Definitely bringing out my inner animal!  They’ve also now warranted an interim boxer nickname… The Distraxion.  Shannon “The Distraxion” Liddicoat.  Why the X you ask?  Because I’m badass.  That’s why.

 

Now onto serious business.  Hooking.  No mom, I haven’t turned to the streets.  I’m talking about throwing an amazing hook 🙂

The hook has been a painful learning process.  Mainly because I started yellow classes 3/4 the way through the lesson plan so I felt a bit behind but the coaches have been outstanding in pulling me aside to teach me the basics so I can catch up quickly.  The hook is easiest split into 3 steps:

  1. Start with a jab/cross or just a cross and make sure your body is fully rotated through in order to:
  2. Fully rotate with force back to the right, pivoting the hips while:
  3. Hooking the left arm parallel to the ground, elbow, up, coming to the jaw line or just above the glove line.

Now that is way more to remember than a basic jab.  I’m thinking about shifting my weight perfectly so that I still have enough balance to finish with another cross.  I’m thinking about making sure my fist is facing downward, not with my palm facing me on the hook.  I’m pretty much thinking about every technical aspect of this punch.  Toughest part is getting out of my head.

I loaded a new video to YouTube, thanks to Kiersten for letting me rip her shoulder out 🙂

Good progress so far:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp4B_1qf2T0

 

Next up, the Dingle Ball.  Hehe ok ok, the speed bag.  I remember staring at that thing when I first started and thinking “You are the cliche I want to master the most”.  The great part about Griffin’s is that if you’re trying something, so many people walk over and offer their assistance.  I think part of being part of the boxing family is about leaving all pride and attitude at the door and being able to accept help when you can get it.

Let’s be clear here, this has never been a strength of mine. 

I’ve had kids walk over to help me, adults, coaches, you name it.  And after seven weeks, I’ve finally picked up the pace to a quick spiral motion.  It’s like music to my ears.  Next step will be rotating right/left but that’ll likely take a bit more time.  Please note I have to stand on a platform in order to reach 🙂

Here’s the link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFhiHdwckBk

 

What’s on the list for the next week? 

A very well deserved rest day tomorrow.  Let’s just say I can barely feel my left arm from learning the hook this week, not to mention having Coach Dave leaning his body on my arms during calisthenics (mini 1-minute arm movements).  Haha I don’t think I’ve sweat that hard in weeks.

I’m still on pace for 4 classes a week which will keep me on track to test the last week of November.  I really need to keep my focus on track, and more importantly my nutrition top notch.  The strength requirements to pass the next test are significantly harder, I’ll need my A game for sure.

 

Next time… a focus on nutrition and body care.  I’m finally understanding why Steve keeps harping on me for rest days 🙂

 

I PASSED!!!!

I did it!!!!!

Firstly, sorry for not posting in the past week.. I have been exhausted from practicing for today’s test and I’m so happy to say the extra work paid off.

Oh man, where do I even start?

Firstly, a shout out to Steve for being my punching bag for the past 3-4 nights as I’ve been practicing my combos.  Boxing has definitely been on the brain, I’ve even snuck in a few jabs at work along the hallway.  I’m positive some coworkers won’t mess with me now.. who’s that crazy girl punching the air?  Oh ya, that girl from loyalty.. don’t mess with her =/

Who wants to mess with the girl who didn’t have her gloves so she settled for oven mitts because her hubby didn’t want to get tenderized in the belly?

This girl:

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But anyways back to the test.

All day, super stressed.. I just kept repeating, if you can get past the first 2 minutes of freestyle skipping you’re good.  It was honestly the only thing keeping me up at night.  My boxing bud Kiersten kept reminding me about the power of muscle memory and that’s what a lot of our classes are built on.  Build the technique slow, then add on power and speed.

I got to the gym, awesome girl at the front greeted me with a “TEST DAY!!!” which of course made my stomach rumble.  The gym was packed and the first thing I thought was I have to get my lucky skipping rope before other classes take it… rushed over, found it, hid it in my cubby just in case 🙂  Can you imagine the panic if I couldn’t find it? Yikes.

Coach Nick then walked me through how the test was going to go.  Of course starting with the skipping *stomach rumble*, but then endurance was split into two with the technical testing in the middle.  Funny, I thought to myself “Hey that’s a great breather… ha, ha, ha funny Shannon…. a breather in a boxing class? Cute.”

Now, skipping.  The dreaded skipping.  So I was like OK, I’ve got my favorite rope (what am I, 12?) and I’m just going to focus on a point on the floor and just get through this.  He says start.  I start jumping.  20 seconds in he asks me to spell my last name… are you kidding?  Now I’m cursing Steve for having the world’s longest last name.  OK done that, back to focusing on the spot on the floor.  Owner walks over and decides this would be a good time to chat with me about how my day’s going.  Seriously?  I mumbled something like “I’m in the zone!!!” which he of course then took a moment to just keep repeating my name loudly.  Sigh.  Timer buzzes.  YES!!!!  Now…………. 48 minutes to go.

Series of strength requirements like pushups, some strength work with the heavy bag, shadow boxing with the heavy bag, etc.  Then it’s time for technical.  Keep in mind I’m already drenched.

The technical is done on a demerit system where I can’t make more than 6 mistakes.  That’s not too much room for error, especially when we’re running through over 30 technical items, 2-3 times each to ensure understanding and then static vs. dynamic movement.

Let’s just say….

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I had 2 mistakes, I knew going in it wasn’t my strongest move and it was 2 mistakes on the same move type.  It’s a body punch with a deep lunge (ugh, I hate that word).  He walked me through it afterward about why he thinks I’m having difficulty with it and how to work on it going forward.  I have a hard time understanding a move that’s only half of an actual move.  For example, when he told me that the step-in body punch is actually used to finish with a hook (which I haven’t learned yet), my mind would be able to comprehend the need to step in because I can’t sink a hook (pun intended) without being close to my opponent.

A couple wins from my test feedback:

  1. He couldn’t believe I started 6 weeks ago.  6 weeks.  I can’t believe it’s only been 6 weeks.
  2. He said I have a ridiculously fast stationary jab-hook combo.  Fast hands are key.  I think it’s because I have T-Rex arms so it’s not like they have far to go.
  3. He said my strength and body condition is outstanding.  I’ve always dealt with body issues and all that so it’s just so nice to hear from a professional athlete (No Steve, you don’t count) that I’m in great shape.

What’s coming up:

  1. I updated my Excel spreadsheet to map out when I’ll be eligible to take my next test if I keep as focused as I have been for the past 6 weeks.  Yes, I have an Excel spreadsheet.  Last week of November is my target test week.  I have soooooo much to learn.  The test will be harder, the strength portion will be longer and there will be less room for technical errors.
  2. I’m going to firm up my schedule so I don’t do 5 classes in a row a few times like I did the past few weeks.  I’m so tired.  A more rigid schedule will help prevent this.

 

I think that’s a wrap (what? another pun?) for tonight.

Off to Vegas this weekend to celebrate. I think we’ll make this a ritual for every test I pass.

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Booking it and getting booked

Exciting post today!

 

First things first, I booked my test.  Ahhhhhh!

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I never did that well at tests as a kid in school so I’m anxious but I booked with my fave coach so I think it’ll give me some confidence.  I did a private testing 2 days before we head to Vegas in hopes that I could celebrate *knock on wood* and also not worry about having a few drinks and killing my stamina the week before the test.

What I’m nervous about:

  • Still skipping… my footwork has improved a ton but sometimes I just can’t find the rhythm!  I’ve moved on to alternate footing and some rope tricks but some days are much better than others.
  • Getting through the arm exercises… I tried it for the first time this week and my shoulders oddly feel bruised.  Still need to practice.
  • Not screwing up the lingo of what the coach calls to test
  • Not having the 24 classes in before test time.  Going to be suuuuuper tight given my business trip next week.  But the last thing I want is to do 6 classes in a row before test day, I’ll be exhausted.

The testing is private but I’d definitely share my time slot with someone if they want to go earlier.  Speaking of… quick selfie with my boxing friend (also known from coach as the Boxing Sisters).

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Nothing like a sweaty selfie after filming some combos so we can both get our practice on.

And the best part of today’s post is a video (thanks Kiersten for helping me out!!) so you guys can check out my progress.  The first portion is focusing on simple jab/cross combos with a bit of forward/backward footwork and then the second portion is defense.

Part 1:  A lot of focus on front and back movements with 3 types of jabs (standard, step-jab, double-jab)

Part 2: Parry-parry, parry-slip, sweep-slip, parry-step back  (now you’ll be able to see what I mean when I say that!)

My blog is free but it doesn’t allow for videos to be embedded so I’ve posted it on YouTube.

Check it out: https://youtu.be/zoKh6zMVI7k

 

12 days until the test.

7 classes until I qualify to take the test.

 

Can I make it?

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