Conditioning Day 19…Last Hard Push, 4 Hours

4 hours of conditioning training. This was my last push before I head to Muay Thai camp. I am taking Sunday and Monday off to replenish my glycogens. Per my trainers I need to let my body rest.

Today it is 100 degrees F out. Hotter than hells porch so no run for me. But that was just as well, because I can feel my bodies exhausted.

I did 15 rounds of pad work. I did 8 rounds straight of mixed kicking (both fast flow and strength). Between each of this rounds I had a 45 second rest. Then after 8 rounds I took a round off. Then I did 4 more rounds of kicks to knees. Then three rounds of kicks to knees to elbows. After that was Striking class where we did boxing practice.

I can definitely feel my muscles are exhausted. It’s a feeling of some soreness but more of I stretch and I just feel I can’t pull that muscle far enough to get it truest stretched out. It’s not lack of motion or flexibility but more it’s just tired. My motion and flexibility is exactly the same and or better so I think it’s just exhaustion.

I have conflicting feelings about rest. On one hand I feel I need it. The logical science understanding part of my brain knows this. The Martial Artist I. Me wants to keep going to keep improving. So I am listening to those much smarter than I. I am resting for the next few days.

So that was my last hard push. I hope I am physically ready for Thai Camp. 4 x 10 hour days.

Thanks for reading and keep being the best you that you can be.

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Conditioning day 18… rest, rest, and make cake

Rest day today. I will hit it hard tomorrow, another 4 hour training session at least.

I made cake today, for a 20th wedding anniversary celebration.

I hope everyone is having a great day. I hope those of you in my area are keeping cool. It is 98 degrees F or 36.667 degrees C out today.

Thank you for reading and keep up the good work.

Conditioning Day 17… 16 rounds, Savage Vag, get in and get out

4 hours of conditioning training. I did not run today. It was 96 degrees Fahrenheit or 35.56 degrees Celsius outside I was not going to run in that. It would have just sapped my energy and I would have not gotten the training rounds in that I wanted to. I don’t like running and that would have been miserable. I run as a cardio component to my workouts, but not for funsies. I tell people I am a water mammal. I used to be a competitive swimmer, and would only run for cross training.

Muay Thai camp is just around the corner. I leave on Tuesday, and it is 4 x 10 hour days of training with the best. I hope I can keep up. =) I hope my form is not crap, I know it breaks down the more tired I get. So I just have to work on making it awesome. Kru Krysta has said my knees are so much better in just a few weeks.

Per Kru Krysta I am taking tomorrow off, hitting it hard on Saturday, and then taking Sunday, and Monday off. Tuesday I will be flying.

Monday I have an appointment with my Chiropractor. One last adjustment before I go put my body through hell. I am both excited and have trepidation.

Mostly I just want to honor my instructors and make them proud. I also want to learn everything. I want to improve on my technique and I want to experience this.

Anyway enough babbling here was what I did:

  1. 1 x 3 minute round of jump rope warm up ( I did not count this in on my rounds)
  2. 1 x 3 minute round of shadow boxing ( I did not count this in on my rounds)

16 rounds of hell/heck/poopy, I am fine no really I am.

  1. 1 x 3 minute round of mixed kicking. Kicks for speed, and kicks for power. My partner and pad holder would call out 1 kick, that was for power, then he would call out 3 kicks left side, and I had to do those for speed. Taking the power out but putting speed and flow into it.
  2. 30 second rest
  3. 1 x 3 minute round of mixed kicking. Kicks for speed, and kicks for power.
  4. 30 second rest
  5. 1 x 3 minute round of mixed kicking. Kicks for speed, and kicks for power.
  6. 30 second rest
  7. 1 x 3 minute round of mixed kicking. Kicks for speed, and kicks for power.
  8. 30 second rest (Note: at this point I am gassed, that is a lot of kicks)
  1. 1 x 3 minute round of mixed kicking (speed and power), and spearing knees or knees to push back
  2. 30 seconds rest
  3. 1 x 3 minute round of mixed kicking (speed and power), and spearing knees or knees to push back
  4. 30 seconds rest
  5. 1 x 3 minute round of mixed kicking (speed and power), and spearing knees or knees to push back
  6. 30 seconds rest
  7. 1 x 3 minute round of mixed kicking (speed and power), and spearing knees or knees to push back
  8. 30 seconds rest (this is the point where you want to die, or be ded, but no sitting or laying down, must just walk it off.)
  1. 1 x 3 minute round of kicking (speed and power), Knees (spearing, push back), and tie ups with #2 knees
  2. 30 seconds rest
  3. 1 x 3 minute round of kicking (speed and power), Knees (spearing, push back), and tie ups with #2 knees
  4. 30 seconds rest
  5. 1 x 3 minute round of kicking (speed and power), Knees (spearing, push back), and tie ups with #2 knees
  6. 30 seconds rest
  7. 1 x 3 minute round of kicking (speed and power), Knees (spearing, push back), and tie ups with #2 knees
  8. 30 seconds rest (dead, just dead, but keep trying)
  1. 1 x 3 minute round of punching and elbows,( jab, cross, elbow), (jab, cross, body shot) indicated by if the focus mitt was in the air, or if he patted the belly pad.
  2. 30 second rest
  3. 1 x 3 minute round of punching and elbows,( jab, cross, elbow), (jab, cross, body shot) indicated by if the focus mitt was in the air, or if he patted the belly pad.
  4. 30 second rest
  5. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks.
  6. 15 second rest
  7. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks.
  8. 15 second rest (fin… for now… I stopped there, cause I had class in 20 minutes)

Thai Class – Get in and get out

Thai class we worked on more clenching, defending an elbow attack with a pillar block, then returning a punch combo, like jab to hook, or cross, jab. The deciding factor is where the elbow is coming from, and what opening you have.

Then the upper ranking armband students were split off and we did clench sparring. Whew boy, I was tired. But I got some good pointers on how to deal with taller people. And at 5 foot nothing everyone is taller than I am.

Also Kru Kristen mentioned again, our motto, get in and get out, or often said you go all the way in or all the way out. If you are being aggressive say, then you may want to go all the way in. If you are defending or don’t want to get hit, you are all the way out. Don’t hang around in the middle and get hit.

Kali we worked on espada y daga, and gunting:

In Kali Kru Krysta shows us double stick, espada y daga, and just single knife. Gunting drill 1 – 5. I love kali, but at this point my brain is saying nope, you need to feed me and we need to sleep. So my partner and I just went slowly and worked the drills.

We also did 1 – 12 strikes. With the 1 – 5 gunting response added into it. So for instance your partner swings a one, you defend it, then you gunting, and finish with the 1 – 5 for every strike. This is just to get us to think along the lines of, lets just not get hit, and lets return shots.

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Thanks for reading. I hope you have had a great day. Keep being awesome and working to be the best you that you can be.

Caprese Salad

One of my favorite all time salads. Could not be any easier to make than getting out of bed and putting on a pair of pants. Even if you think you can’t cook, you can “cook” this. You can make this.

My kiddos and husband love this salad. This is vegetarian, a good source of protein, and just wonderfully refreshing on a hot day.

Ingredients:

  1. Tomato sliced
  2. Mozzarella sliced
  3. Basil
  4. Balsamic Vinegar
  5. Olive oil
  6. Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Slice tomatoes, Slice Mozzarella
  2. Layer tomato, then layer mozzarella, layer basil leave.
  3. Drizzle balsamic vinegar, and olive oil
  4. Sprinkle salt and pepper

Nutritional Info: Per Serving: 250 calories (160 from fat), 18g total fat, 6g saturated fat, 25mg cholesterol, 540 mg sodium, 9g carbohydrates, (2 g dietary fiber, 5g sugar), 14g protein.

You don’t have to give up flavor and taste to eat well. You just have to know the ingredients to put together. If you are having trouble coming up with things that will be tasty and healthy, a good rule of thumb is, if it grows together then it will probably taste great together.

From the Mediterranean area, lemons, olives, and fish are fantastic together. From South America region, mango, chilies, and poultry go great together. From South East Asia, coconut, green papaya, chilies, shrimp, are a staple combo. I think you can get the picture. I study food and where it comes from, and I love tasting new things.

This is an old dish. I did not invent it, but I certainly love it. I know those of you who follow my blog for recipes have been waiting… so here you go. Sorry for the wait. Been busy… =)

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day!

Conditioning day 16… When life gets in the way, active rest

Today did not go as I expected, heck last night did not either. When we got home we found our house sweltering. A 90 degrees. Our air conditioner had stopped working and we ended up having to sleep with all the fans on in the house that is 3 of them.

So I did not get in to do my workout. So I am having an active rest day. Kru Krysta said maybe I should have a rest day today anyway when we were training yesterday.

What did I do? Well aside from waiting for the tech to come and fix said air conditioning unit, I cleaned house, and we just got back from a 45 minute swim. So while not the same training I have been doing I got a swim in. I did laps of the pool and played with my kiddos.

My lunch was egg whites, spinach, green onion, and sriracha sauce pita sandwich, with snap peas.

Oh and they have to replace the fan, the motor, and capacitor, in our air conditioner. Let hope they fix it.

Anyway have a great day… and keep being awesome. I am going to hit it hard tomorrow. I have another 4 hour workout ahead of me.

Conditioning Day 15…4 hours, Espada Y Daga, and hitting a wall

4 hours of training today on day 15. I am exhausted. I hit a wall. Not a plateau, nor do I feel like I hit an over training hurdle. I just hit a wall like Wile E Coyote hits the ground after falling off the cliff. Like a Mac Truck hit me. I know that for your body to adapt you must hit these walls/hurdles and keep going, so that is what I did. I got in 20 rounds of training.

Yup that is what it felt like. But I had to keep pushing through.

I started out with a 1 mile run. It was not great timing wise. It was a 13.33 minute mile… it was also 93 degrees out.

I cam back in and did kicking rounds.

  1. Power kicking rounds. 1 to two kicks per side for the entirety of the round.
  2. Speed kicking rounds. Power is taken out, and technique is focused on. Pyramid kicks from 1 kick, 2 kicks, 3 kicks, 4 kicks, 5 kicks, 6 kicks, 5 kicks, 4 kicks, 3 kicks, 2 kicks, 1 kick. All in succession.
  3. Speed and Power kicking rounds mixed together.

I did 4 bag rounds of 3 minutes each with a 30 second burn out.

I also working on rounds of boxing. Jab, Cross, Upper cut, Upper cut, body hook, body hook.

Muay Thai Class

Then we had Thai class. We warmed up with jump rope, then we did clench work to warm up.

Kru Kristen had us then work on punches transitioning to elbows, to knees. I got to work with Kru Krysta so we could both work on our conditioning for Thai Camp. As we are both going. Yay!

Each round ended with an elbow flurry blitz.

Kali – Espada y Daga

Then came Kali class, the 4th hour. My brain had stopped braining. My body was just tired, but I kept working at the drills. We worked on Gunting (scissor) five count. With double stick, Espada y Daga, and with single knife. We worked on pass, cut and disarm.

I know this is not super detailed but I am exhausted, need to shower and get to bed. I hope you all have a great day/night when ever you get to read this. Keep being awesome and working to be the best you can be.

Conditioning Day 14…Two Sessions 18 rounds, Day 14 of 22

2.5 hours of training today across two sessions. I was only able to get 1 hour in at around 6:30 am this morning. I forgot my headphones and had to go home to get them.

I ended up doing my mile run, then 6 rounds on the heavy bag, with 30 second burn out knees and two kicks.

The second session I went in at around 12:30 pm and got another 12 rounds in.

Day 14 of 22, means I have 8 more days to get ready! *Boggle* I hope I will be ready. =) Both Kru Kristen, and Kru Krysta say I will be ready, just take it easy the first day and don’t burn out the first day.

Here is more detailed information of my training:

  1. 1 mile run
  2. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  3. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  4. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  5. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  6. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  7. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  8. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  9. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  10. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  11. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  12. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  13. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks

Breakfast, and then I was called into work for a few hours. One of my coworkers was sick.

Lunch

  1. 1 x 3 minutes of Jumping rope ( note did not count this as a round its a warm up)
  1. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  2. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  3. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  4. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  5. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  6. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  1. 1 x 3 minute round on the shadowboxing
  2. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  3. 1 x 3 minute round shadowboxing shields, and doing balance exercises across the pads
  4. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  5. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  6. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  7. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  8. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  9. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  10. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  11. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  12. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  13. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  14. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  15. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  16. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  17. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  18. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks

Have a fantastic day, and keep working to be the best you can be. I have to go get husband from the metro, feed family, and go to work for my night shift.