Well, cross that off my list!
R&R…rest and relaxation..taking it easy. Should be simple right? I lasted four days. The kettle-bell was calling.
I cleaned up my little abode. Laundry was all packed away. I even watched a few movies.
Then I found myself sitting there like I was in a waiting room. Looking at the walls, fitness and health magazines piled on the floor. “Twiddling my thumbs”.
And there it was…the evil Kettle-bell. Looking all lonely and ignored.
Just five minutes. A little warm up. Of course the ab ‘wheel of pain’ was within arms reach, may as well do 40 or so of those rolling things. Putting that back, I knocked my skipping rope off the shelf…hmmm.
An hour later I’m drenched in sweat. But I’m feeling GOOD again!
OK, I’m not so good at not doing anything. My idea of fun and relaxing is physical activity. May as well face facts. For me, fitness is fun! And a stress reliever and a pass time.
Think I’ll go for a run…it ain’t so cold.
Tomorrow I’m back at the Muay Thai.
Bruhahahaha!! I’m terrible…but I love it!
…now where is my running touque?
Smile – Christmas is coming!
It’s been a busy, yet entertaining and successful year.
Half marathons, mud races,hill and trail running, bike riding, very bad tennis games and even a little camping and hiking. And goodness let’s not forget the Blue Shorts test!
Time for me to slow it down a little.
The weather is messy. Lots of cold or freezing rain so that pushes me indoors. While I’m impressed by others who run in this weather, it usually drives me in search of other activities. I still brave the elements occasionally.
So now my favorite time of the year is fast approaching…Christmas!
I’m going to chillax a little. Do the Christmas shopping and decorating. Visit some friends I haven’t seen in a long while…too long actually. I may even watch a movie or two.
Muay Thai and the rest of the workouts will be as usual but the races and other activities that take up a lot of my time will be suspended for a few weeks. Time for some “Me” time.
The strange and somewhat sad part of that is, it’s difficult for me to do. So I have to learn. If I’m not running, pushing, lifting, jumping, or something, I almost feel guilty and that’s definitely not a good thing.
Lemme see…Christmas with the Kranks” …sounds like a fun way to start.
Take care everybody. I hope you have a wonderful holiday. Don’t stress too much. And I hope you are better than me at relaxing!
OK – at a time when most people are looking towards retirement, I turn to a young mans sport and push ahead until I made it through the first test…I got my Blue Shorts in Muay Thai.
So, where do I go from here?
It’s funny how I have these continuous battles within my head. Am I the only one that questions what and why I’m doing what I do? Does anyone else have these mind games going on?
Am I too old?
Am I taking this fitness thing too serious? What exactly am I trying to prove?
But it seems like it’s taking forever to accomplish anything. And I don’t have that much time!
So I guess I’ll just keep going and try to get better at everything I do. See how far I can go with the Muay Thai. Maybe the persistence and training will help me through in the rest of life’s challenges as well.
Hopefully things will fall into place. Things? What things? What is it that I want to fall into place? I guess I just have to keep going and hope for the best. Nature has a funny way of making things work out.
OK – So I’m going to class now and continue doing whatever it is I am trying to do.
Have a great week everyone and remember, SMILE…even trough the pain.
Life is full of challenges. Some are the everyday type of just getting through life; job; traffic jams; taxes etc. We all face them.
But some challenges, however crazy, we bring on ourselves. Then comes the question, ” Am I ready? Will I rise, face and conquer this situation or will I crumble under pressure?”
That’s the situation I found myself in this past weekend. The Blue Shorts test. Doesn’t sound like much. Not really important in the grand scheme of life. Go to the gym and do it or don’t. What’s the big deal right? If I don’t make it, I just move on.
That’s the way I thought right up until the morning of the test. Then I started thinking…too much. Am I going to look like an idiot in there? I’m almost old enough to be some of the kids grandfather for goodness sake! And if I don’t pass, then what? Do I continue on with the Muay Thai? There are much easier ways to stay in shape. But none that I’ve found, that are nearly as much fun, for me anyway. So what now?
At the gym,I talked to my Kru. He reassured me that he wouldn’t have sent me if I wasn’t ready. I just had to calm down and take it as another class.
Entering the gym I really did feel like a grandpa. All these six packed, muscle-bound kids stretching out and warming up with kicks and elbows.
The first question came from a gentleman I figure was younger than me by a few years. “Which one is your son?” I laughed and told him I was taking the test. His response was, “Really? That’s awesome! Go show the kids how it’s done.”
I could feel the eyes follow me after I put on my shorts and ankle supports and started warming up. Some were definitely looks of surprise. Then a few of my classmates came in and waied me. They asked me to keep pushing them if they slacked off. The younger guys and gals in my class give me nothing but support and respect. So I was starting to feel a little better.
It wasn’t long before the Ajahn ( head instructor) showed up and gave his little speech. He did mention me a couple of times because he knows my age and I’m married to a Thai lady. I’m the oldest student they have!
Then it started. Skipping, squats, lunges, crunches, spring ups, dips, kick-outs, push ups, one-twos, more skipping. On and on it went at a furious pace. No time for water. Just wipe the sweat and keep going. Thirty five, huffing and puffing, sweaty students trying their best to keep up to the shouts of the Ajahn and various Krus. Then I noticed several of them starting to slow down and lose pace. Yet, it was actually easier than a regular class for me. I received a few comments from those next to me. They were genuinely impressed that I could outpace them. Without bragging ( too much) I would say I was within the top 5 in the class for the cardio workout. I guess a few people noticed because when it did finally end, an hour and 20 minutes later, several people gave me high fives and pats on the back with positive comments. The gent who asked me if my son was testing came across the gym just to say, ” You kicked ass in there man! Nice job.” So that was a great ego booster.
We had five minutes to put on our hand-wraps and get some much needed water. Then we lined up in front of the Krus holding the pads. Eight straight minutes of punches, kicks, elbows, knees and push kicks. Repeat – combinations – harder – faster. Slight adjustments – do it again!! Harder! Harder! More power! This isn’t Winnie the Pooh class – this is Muay Thai. Kick- Kick – KICK! Not sure where the Kru got that comment from!
Hopefully I’ll soon get a few more photos of ME smashing the pads!
Ok – we’re done go relax. Kru Danny waied me, said I did really well and that was it. Just like that. Like were were shooting pool or something. I walked away barely able to breathe as the next student took my place in front of Danny. Part two over.
Part two? “You mean there’s more?” I stupidly asked.
As soon as everyone had completed the pad work, we went one on one with another Kru, free-form pad work. Sort of like sparring but he was holding pads and I did all the work. 3 minutes 29 seconds. (I’ve yet to find out why the 29 seconds) My legs felt like dead wood. I dragged myself back to my little corner and waited for the rest of my classmates to come over. We gathered and shared comments and laughs…and pains and strains!
And we were done. Two hours and fifteen minutes of self induced torture. But, I’m proud to say I was indeed able to rise to the occasion. I’m now the owner of Muay Thai Blue Shorts. Which is kind of scary because during the presentation of the certificates and shorts, the Ajahn said, ” Now you are Blue Shorts, the serious training really starts.” The serious training? He can’t be serious. He was serious.
After the test…A hot Epsom salts bath never felt so goooood!
My class. The Ajahn is in the black shirt and shorts. Mr. Muscles next to him is my Kru, Ray. And I’m the old gip standing on Ajahns right. The guy to my right is 42 years old. He did really well also.
So now, I’ve set myself a new challenge. Since I’m too old to actually fight, I plan to become a ‘Chooey Kru, assistant trainer, and possibly a Kru, trainer, some day.
I hope that through all of lifes crazy ups and downs, you have the support and ability to rise to your own challenges.
Finally, a big congratulations to all the students that took part in the test. A job well done by everyone!
Until next time, train hard and as always…Smile, even through the pain.
By definition: A habit is an acquired behavior or thought pattern that you have repeated so many times that it has become almost unconscious.
As you likely already know, habits can be both helpful and harmful.
I’m not big on conspiracy theories, though I’m sure there is a basis for their origin. However, I can see how marketing companies and governments for that matter can easily manipulate the general population. Creating habits that benefit their business or needs. It’s so easy!
Case in point: There is an entrance way before you enter my building. A covered area about 10 feet wide to the door and 20 feet long. A nice area with a few potted plants, a small bench, a recycling bin and a wheelchair ramp at the end, furthest from the road or parking lot. It’s a great place for loading or unloading your car etc. People just like to hang out there and chat.
Well, for the last three months the building was undergoing some overhead construction work and the area was completely blocked off except for the ramp. It was the only way in and out of the building. For three months you had no choice, if leaving by the front entrance, but to go up or down the ramp.
Construction was completed two weeks ago. Guess what? Many people still walk to the end and use the ramp. They have about 16 feet of open area to use but, being creatures of habit, many are still taking the ramp. A few times I’ve been leaving the building at the same time as others and they caught themselves heading towards the ramp as I walked straight out. I’ve heard comments like, ” trained rats” or “hypnotized.” Almost everyone did it. They had just developed a new, but unnecessary, habit.
Good habits are great but some habits can be damaging and are hard to break;
Making rash decisions
Walking waaaay down to the end of an entrance way when you didn’t have to!
To help overcome bad habits, here are a few things you can try;
Develop self awareness – try to take notice when you find yourself doing something repeatedly that doesn’t help accomplish your goal or leads you away from your purpose.
Create a plan – get it in you head or write it down. Whatever is necessary to help you overcome your habit. It has to be a conscious effort.
Create positive behaviors – the local lunch gang spend too much time gossiping? Figure out a way to spend the time more wisely. Or how about putting down the iPhone! Engage in person to person communication!
Reward yourself – always late? Try getting to work early and then use that extra time to treat yourself to your favorite java before starting your day.
We are all creatures of habit. Some good some bad. Learning to recognize and change the bad takes time and effort but the results are usually worth it.
My worst habit was exercising without a proper warm-up. Yeah – Mr Health Nut, preacher of fitness, suffered a few injuries working out cold. How did I correct this stupidity? I put tags stating, “Warm up idiot!” on my gym bag and my runners so every time I head to the gym or out for a run, I’m well reminded. Simple but it worked for me!!
Just a few thoughts as we head into the weekend.
Stay well my friends and remember; smile – even through the pain.
Good Morning everyone!
There is never a dull moment that’s for sure…unless, of course, you want it that way.
But that ain’t me…or you I suspect.
So the Mud Running season is over here in dear old Canada. Now I continue onward and upward to the next challenge.
Gotta get my Blue Shorts!
In Muay Thai that’s the equivalent of the first belt test for Karate or Kung Fu or other martial arts that grades using belts.
In Muay Thai you start out with Yellow shorts and suffer through every training session until the Kru (instructor) says you are good enough to try out for the Blue Shorts. For some it’s a few months. For others, like me, a bit longer.
The thing with Martial arts is, just as you are starting to feel comfortable about the workouts and a few moves, they increase the intensity and switch up the moves. It seems they never let you stay…correction…they never let you create, any kind of comfort zone.
So. Blue Shorts test on November 23rd. Here is sort of how it will go down.
Six or seven instructors bark out exercises of every sort, for one hour. You get a five minute water break and time to put on the hand wraps. Dare not sit down!!
Then, fifteen minutes of punches, elbows, knees and kicks on the pads being held by instructors that insist you hit harder…and harder. Then when you can’t lift your arms or legs anymore…they Wai…smile and tell you to go sit down.
It’s fitness more than technique for now. After you get your Blue Shorts…technique becomes much more serious.
Here’s a video of a gym doing the pad work for us beginners. You can just scan through it to get the idea.
Now I understand that a little better!
…and now I’m off to class to venture a little further up that cliff.
Stay well my friends.
And remember…smile, even through the pain.
Good morning everybody!
I don’t get here as much as I’d like to but I had to let you know about this.
It’s just a quick update for any of you who read my post Funny Fun Run.
I was out for a quick 5 k run and guess who I saw jogging up the street ahead of me? Yep. Joey the tough guy.
His hair is short; his hat is on right way around and he was wearing fancy new runners! How cool is that?
I picked up the pace a little caught up to him. We ran side by side for awhile without saying a word. After about a minute he just start laughing.
” You’re a shithead, you know that?” he said.
” I’ve been called worse.” I said.
Hi five… and I turned the corner as he kept running straight.
A little victory.
My run home seemed very light and easy.
Take care my friends; Stay well and as always…smile.