I’ve been feeling a bit frustrated lately, mostly with myself. I really want to train more, not necessarily Tang Soo Do, just training in general. Since I started teaching my own training has dropped to twice a week and I’ve really started to notice the difference, my strength has dropped, as has my CV fitness, it’s not good and I need to do something about it. My problem has been kicking my own arse into doing something about it.
This past weekend I went to Birmingham with the club to see The Martial Arts Show, a new expo built on the ashes of what Seni used to be (before it turned into an MMA-focused nonsense), and as always it was really inspiring. It’s a combination of watching martial artists of all disciplines walking around and doing their thing on the stages, and just being immersed in the atmosphere for two days, there’s no way anyone who trains couldn’t be inspired. I think it was the tipping point for me though, it finally drummed home that I’ve got to do something to sort myself out and get back to where I was, and a long way past.
The first and most obvious thing to do is get my bike back out on the road, that’s one of the main reasons I bought it in the first place after all, I just need to get those tyres sorted and put some miles in. On top of that I’ve got a few ideas, the first of which starts soon, but I’m going to keep it under my hat pretty much until it’s actually all up and happening, otherwise it’s just more talk, and if there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s getting excited about something then losing interest pretty quickly.
I’d love to be writing here again in say, six weeks time, and be reporting about how well it’s gone, how much stronger I feel, how much weight I’ve lost. I guess it’s up to me to make sure that’s what I’m doing
My lethargy is still with me, but I’m not going down without a fight! For this past few weeks I’ve felt really drained and tired, and at first I thought it was just down to a cold I caught, but I’m more and more convinced now that it’s just the changing seasons and waking up in the dark again. There seems to be about 3 weeks a year where the light is at the perfect level in the mornings, normally it’s either so bright at about 6am that I wake up, or conversely as it is now, where I wake up in the dark and almost refuse to stay awake.
Last night was my first session in nearly a whole week, and I was feeling really sluggish going into it. We started with a lot of kickshield work, hitting them over and over with full power using a variety of different techniques. I’m not sure if it was just the amount of energy I was expending, or the tail-end of being ill and lethargic, but by the end of it I could barely lift my legs – and we still had half a lesson to go! The rest went well though, and I was pleased to get through the whole session and not sit out (which at one point was all I wanted to do). AND my Dwi Chagi (back kick) came out the best I’ve managed just about ever I think, it felt a ton better than usual.
I’m quite gutted to have missed the UK TSD championships this past weekend in Essex, but it couldn’t be helped. One thing’s for sure, I’m not missing the Europeans! Especially if there’s a long weekend of
boozing competition abroad on the cards.
I’m starting to feel the festive season already, it’s encroaching on my consciousness with gay abandon and I think is going to grip me tight this year. That whole sentence reads back as being very ‘love in a Turkish prison’, perhaps I should quit trying to write more flowery on a Monday morning. Back on track though, and I’m really looking forward to Christmas already. Having the newly decorated and furnished living room is going to make such a difference, and we’re looking at the possibility of trying to get to the Christmas markets on the continent again – maybe we’ll even get there this time . It’s also going to be Murf’s first Christmas, and he’s going to be one spoiled puppy! I’m also all for having matching tasteless Christmas jumpers with him I guess I should really start trying to save some money….