Monday, March 10, 2008
5K's and 2-a-days
After vacation, I found out that I gained back a little bit of the weight that I lost. I also found out that I will be fighting in my first tournament on April 13th. The weight groups go as follows. 75-80 kg's (165-176lbs) and 80-85 kg's (176.1-187). When I was told that I weighed 84.5kg's...that is just about 185lbs. The 80-85 group is named "super heavyweight." Which is funny to think that I would be fighting in that group. The 75-80 group is just the heavy weights. Just like in wrestling, it's a better idea to wrestle at a lower weight if you can get there safely. My plan was, in the month of March all the way to April 13th, to go to two Hapkido classes and then go to the gym and run 5 km's. Mix that with assorted weights and you get one hell of a workout. Losing 10 pounds ain't nothing. Bad news. At the end of Feb I re-hurt my right leg. A couple of months before I left for Korea, at work, I was dancing and I essentially ripped my right hamstring. You can bet it was hurt by doing some funky bad-ass white boy move. But it took about 3 months to heal to the point where it wouldn't hurt anymore. For some time after the 3 months, while I would sit down too long, or be driving my knee would start to hurt. I can only imagine that problem was from my hamstring. Finally it got better. So doing some move in Hapkido I hurt it again. I was hoping that it would be better then next day or in a couple of days. It wasn't. The whole time it felt like crap all over again. Sitting down for more than 30 mins was painful and kicking anything was out of the question. I could barely practice let alone run. It took about a week for it to feel good enough to run again, so since last week I have been doing the 5 K's. I went to a sauna this weekend and that seemed to work wonders. I was actually able to work with my right leg a little today. Since last week I have dropped from 85kg's (185) to 82kg's (180). I WILL be at weight by the time April rolls around, I have no doubt about that. 5 more pounds is kid's shit.
The one good thing is that when my right leg was hurt, after 2 or 3 days I was able to work with my left leg. I was exclusively practicing with my left leg for over a week. I have to say, I am a lot better with my left leg than I was before I started this forced regiment. That is really good because most Koreans mainly use their right leg, and train in defense for a right legged kick. Hopefully I will be able to surprise them and knock 'em out. That would feel good, reallllly good:) I think next week i'll be at full strength again, and ready to get into sparing to properly train for my tournament. I was, and will be sparing with this 6' 1" monster Korean dude. Long freaking legs. For now, I just have to constantly remind myself to stay calm and take it easy. Hope all is well in America or wherever your from. It was 45-50 degrees the last couple of days. So literally and figuratively things are heating up on my side of the world. Later ya'll.