So no training for me on Saturday. I went to the clinic as soon as they opened. Because that night before I had a fever of 102, which is about 103 for me cause my base temp is 97.8 F. Pain in my chest, coughing fits, and unable to breath at times.
Doc tested for flu B, and Strep A. She did not see any evidence of either, she thinks its viral/viral cold. She checked ears, nose and throat. Took swabs and prescribed an inhaler for my lungs, cough suppressant, ibuprofin, guaifenesin, and rest.
Oh other than that my BP is great, I was running a fever even though I took meds before seeing her. I am healthy otherwise.
Saturday progresses. I am resting and start having ear problems. First it feels clogged, then I have pressure, this turns into pain, but only slight pain. I decide to sleep on it, cause I figure its just drainage from my sinuses and will go away.
I wake up at 3 am with intense ear pain. It feels like a ice pick is being jammed into my ear. I can’t sleep. Husband wakes up helps me by making a hot compress for my ear and lymph nodes around ear, gives me ibuprofin for pain, and waits. It is only getting slightly better, so he runs out to get me some ear drops.
The ear drops help relieve the pressure, but now I am having weird ear symptoms. Sounds of crackling, then sounds of a river, then the sound of static on a tv… My ear has been discharging a pinkish discharge, so we are awake and waiting for clinic to open up again so can go back in and make sure ear is ok. My hearing out of that ear is a little funky. I just want to know what is going on and if this is normal.
I will keep you updated as to what happens. But for now… No workout for me. Rest and recuperation is the motto. Thanks for reading… I will be back in the gym when I can. Have a great day!
P.S. Ohh my team mates in Muay Thai and Kali have all checked in on me. Said they miss me and hope I get better. =)
Update: Doc says I have an ear infection, so now I am on antibiotics too… I have a cocktail of meds I am taking now, to try to get my body to behave and kick this bug to the dirt. I will keep fighting, but that is all for now.
Wednesday night I got home from work and at around 10:30 pm. I had a slight cough and then my chest felt funny. I went to bed thinking needed to just sleep. Slept horribly and woke up Thursday feeling like truck hit me and ran me over.
I was coughing and everything just felt tired and hurt. I was running a low grade fever. I had a lot of stuff to do, errands, and stuff for the family. My husband insisted I lay down and just rest for the day.
So that is what I did. I did not do any of my chores I had to do, I did not run any of the errands I had to run. I did not work out. I did not go to Muay Thai or Kali, did not pass go, and did not collect 200 dollars.
When your body tells you no in this way. You have to listen. It nearly knocked me on my butt… no wait it did. My body said nope, and I need to rest. Today I feel better. I slept better. I am still coughing but don’t feel like I have been run over by a truck. I will see how I feel when Saturday morning rolls around.
I was upset to miss training, and working on Muay Thai and Kali skills. I really wanted to go and even debated going in and pushing through my sickness. I however, did not want to get anyone else sick.
I am still on my fitness journey. This is a little hiccup. Keep up the good work. Keep being awesome, and thanks for reading.
2 hours of Muay Thai and Kali training. It has been a busy day, but had a fantastic time at training. We worked on boxing and head movement in Muay Thai, and redondos again in Kali.
I had so many things pulling at me for my time. I had my usual teaching my kids, and regular household things (cleaning, feeding people). I also had to work on fondant flowers due for a cake I have to make later on this week. So super super busy today. I made these flowers for the cake all by hand.
Enough jabbering, here is what we did no class today.
Muay Thai – Boogie Out, Rubbing is to Racing as Bumping is to Boxing
In Muay Thai we were working on boxing again. Mainly Kru Kristen wanted us to work on our head movement. I can tell you mine is not great. If we can move our head and keep it moving, we can possibly avoid getting hit in the head. That is at least the theory.
We started with slips. We did a slip drill. Your partner throws a jab and you slip to the right, on the cross you slip to the left. We had to do 50 of them. Then we switched up and fed for our partners.
Then we did a bob and weave drill. We would start on one side and our partners would throw a cross and touch the opposite shoulder making sure we squat, turned correctly and then stood up, only to do it again by bobbing and weaving to the other side. We had to do 50 of those as well, then we switched up and we fed for our partners.
Next Kru Kristen taught us a really cool move called the Boogie Out. What it is, is after you have bobbed and weaved out of a hook that was thrown at you, you do a shuffle turn so that you can cut the corner, or get around your opponent. Because if you can get behind or to the side of your opponent, and all of their weapons are pointed away from you, that is great for you. Then you can hit them when they are not able to block, from behind or the side. I have taken video of me doing this below. What you will notice when I focus on a new skill I am working, my strikes often times suffer. In this video I see my strikes sucking. My hooks look like caca, and I am not bringing my hands back fast enough. However, I am getting that Boogie Out move. However, if I practice enough I think I will be able to include this in my repertoire.
Jab, cross, body hook, head hook, cross, bob and weave, boogie out, then strike the head.
After that we worked on shoulder bump cut corner/step out to take the back of your opponent. Here Kru Krsiten said rubbing is to racing as bumping is to boxing. In boxing bumping your opponent as you step out/cut corner, is a way to off balance your opponent. You bump them not only once but then you do it again from behind. This gets your opponent off balance, messes up their stance, and then you can hit them from behind or the side. I filmed this as well. Kru Kristen says that this is great for a short fighter like me. I can cut out/step out and still stay in the pocket. However, all the while getting out of range and away from my opponents weapons. I can then hit them after stepping out and around.
Jab, cross, upper cut, cross, bob and weave, shoulder check through, then shoulder check behind, and hit again.
After this we did survivor drills. This is where we get put up against the wall and we are not allowed to do anything but avoid getting punched with our head movements. We can block or catch hits with our gloves, but Kru Kristen just wanted us to avoid the hits. She had the other half of us punching our team mates, trying to hit them not hard but trying to think around their defenses.
Kali – Redondos
Today in Kali we worked on redondos again. Kru Krysta is a great teacher. It felt good, and I felt like I knew these moves pretty well. We worked on high redondo, low redondo, low back hand, high back hand. We also worked on the figure 8, with low back hand, high back hand. I filmed us doing this as well. My knees are hurting a bit today, probably because I did to much yesterday, then we did a lot of bob and weaves today. =) Generally they don’t hurt, but once in a while they will hurt. When that happens I just baby the hurt area, and then train around it.
After that we we did the Running Saint Rafael. I was able to do it no problem when I was the aggressor, however, when I was feeding, I would keep messing up the last heaven six. If you block with the wrong stick you will be out of alignment and have to quickly reset for the last heaven six.
Anyway thanks for reading. I hope you all have a great week. I must get to bed.
45 minute workout. My usual workout schedule is, Mon/Wed/Fri Running and Weight lifting. Tues/Thurs/Saturday and sometimes Wed, Muay Thai, Kali Martial Arts training. Guess what I could not get to last week. Work and family and life just worked against me. I could not get my Friday and my Saturday training in. Friday I was inundated with my family stuff. Saturday I had to teach a scone baking class to a group of adults. And I let my husband convince me to not do anything on Sunday.
So I had a mini workout vacation. I had a whole host of feelings about this. I was upset for missing out on my workouts, I was disappointed in myself, and I missed it. Also I let myself be convinced not to do a make up workout on Sunday, so some part of me wanted a break. =)
But now it is a new week, and I am back at it. Today’s workout will be what I do on Mon/Wed/Fri. I focused on core and legs today, because we are starting a boxing focused month in Muay Thai.
20 minute Steady state run. I got a 12 minute mile in there.
Pike crunches reps- 20, 20, 20
Bicycle crunches reps- 20, 20, 20
Bench Step up with high knee, each leg reps- 10 left, 10 right, 10 left, 10 right, 10 left, 10 right
Bulgarian split squats, each leg reps- 14 left, 14 right, 14 left, 14 right, 14 left, 14 right
Dumbell dead lifts 70 lbs reps – 10, 10, 10
That is all for me. I have to go get husband from the metro, get family fed and get to my second job. Thank you for reading.
Here are my final thoughts… Sometimes there is nothing you can do to squeeze a workout in. Sometimes there is just no time and that is ok. Sometimes your family needs you and that is ok. Sometimes you just don’t want to do it, and that is ok. Once you get your routine down, deviation is not a death sentence to your journey, it is part of life, and you just have to jump back on, and get the reps in.
2 hours of Muay Thai and Kali training. In Muay Thai this month we are working on our boxing. In kali we were doing double stick , ordabis, and Saint Rafael.
Today was a mixed bag for me. I felt good boxing, and am working on my cross still. I got a compliment on my bob and weave. Conversely for Kali, I was frustrated… I kept making mistakes.
Muay Thai – Boxing/Feeding
In Muay Thai we are starting on focusing our boxing. We started with the Trigg 10.
Trigg 10: (this is a boxing drill that the feeder counts out the number and you execute the corresponding strike. Example: Feeder says 3 and you perform Jab Jab Jab.)
Jab Jab Jab
Cross Cross Cross
Jab Jab Cross
Cross Cross Jab
Now feeding is just as much a skill as knowing and executing the strikes. When you have a good feeder you look like a million bucks. They make you look good and can prevent injury. When a feeder is new and does not know how to provide the correct resistance with the pads you can hurt yourself. For instance when punching at a focus mitt. If the feeder does not respond with the correct force, you can hyper extend your elbow. I have had feeders that are new and go home with sore elbows. I have since learned that if a feeder is new and does not know how to feed. Even with coaching them on how, I will save myself and just not throw the punches in there with a lot of force. Better to work on form and not on speed and strength in those instances.
We worked on combination of throwing a double jab, responding to a strike with a backward u slip, then returning a cross, and then bobbing and weaving a cross. I got a good compliment on my bob and weave. Yay!
After that the more experienced students worked on a wall drill where we took turns punching at our fellow class mates while their back was to the wall and they had to move their heads to avoid the punches. Then we switched places. We had to move our heads and avoid the blows while our class mates punched at us. This is good for head movement and understanding how to avoid incoming strikes. This is all relatively light and we are not trying to take each others heads off with a punch.
Kali – Double Ordabis, Heaven Drill, and Saint Rafael
We worked on double stick today in Kali. There is a strike called the redondo. That is a strike that goes around the head. If it is a forehand strike then it is an Umbrella strike. If it is a back hand strike then it is a Ordabis.
Kali was a bit of a brain melt-er today. I have done these flow drills before, however, it was 4 or 5 months ago so I had to pull back in my memory banks and try to remember. However, towards the end I started to pick it up again. I took video of me doing the double ordabis with sticks pointed to heaven. Then the double ordabis flow drill with some standard strikes, and a heave 6 flow drill.
This was the Saint Rafael. I took video of it. I have not done this saint drill for months. I was pretty happy at how fast I picked it back up again. However, as you can see I am very rusty still.
Finding my niche?
So officially I have been studying and practicing Muay Thai and Kali for a year now. It seems that some people have their thing. That one thing that they are known for in the class to the team mates and to the instructors. One person say is fast, another is very agile, still the next has great kicks. I don’t feel I have a niche yet. It is kind of disappointing. I get compliments on my form, and on certain things. I have plenty to practice and fix. I have a long way to go before I am proficient in any one of these arts. However, I don’t have a niche yet. Nothing I stand out in.
I love kicks, I love teeps, I love take downs, and I love off balances. Kru Kristen says find something you love and work those all the time. I do and still have so far to go. I guess I am just feeling down about myself. I want to be good at something. Maybe one thing… right now I don’t feel like I have that niche. Will it come? Who knows? I will keep practicing and trying till I do get it, or find it.
That is all for tonight. I need to sleep. Have a good night. Thanks for reading.
2 hours of Muay Thai and Kali training. Today was so much fun. I was excited to unveil the shirts I had made. Also thought today was going to be a test day. But alas it was not. Kru Kristen had to do some book keeping and see where everyone is first. And then we worked on espada y daga or sword and knife drills. Kru Krysta took over an taught both classes.
Muay Thai – Same side flow like water, Thai Shirts
So today was a great day for training. We worked on same side flow from, teeps, to kicks, to knees and back again. But all on the same side. So this make it difficult cause if your balance is not correct you will fall. You will not have power if you balance is off, and if you do not step out. If you do not teep your partner hard enough they may not step back far enough for you to get your kick in, so then you have to step off the line.
So I took video of me doing some of the drills. Meh…
Lead round house kick to lead tee
Rear round house kick to rear teep
Lead round house kick, to lead shield of kick, to lead round house kick to lead teep.
Rear round house kick, to rear shield of kick, to rear round house kick to rear teep.
Lead round house kick, to rear teep, rear feint, to lead knee.
Ok let me pick this crap apart. For some reason today I was dropping my hands, all the time. That is going to get me punched in the face. I was a bit off balance today that is not great for teeps, or kicks. My shields of kicks were down right sad. I need to remember to keep my foot flexed tight to shield, but I kept failing at that. My timing was not great and I felt slow, sometimes waiting for a few seconds to long to move to the next move. The strikes should be smooth and flow like water. So many things wrong with my drilling today… my body was just not doing what I wanted it to today. I know what I need to do, but just not executing it today.
And don’t get me started on how I looked. A hot mess is what comes to mind. But I digress, I know focusing on that does not help me flow like water.
I made Thai shirts for my team. I made the design, and had them printed up. I was able to hand them out today. I was so excited to do this. But the back of my head that little mean part of my brain was saying what if they hate it, what if they don’t like it? Trying to make me doubt myself.
So I ignored that mean chatter, and took them in anyway. My team loved it. They thought it was so cool and thanked me for it. I was very happy to do it and relieved that it was received well. It was a surprise and they did not know it was coming.
Nak Muay (means Thai Fighter) Respect Hard Work Perseverance Dedication
Then Kru Kristen’s quote: “Less Talking, More Hitting”
I like the way the shirts came out. =)
Kali – 7 count Knife Drill, T drill, all with Espada y Daga
Today in Kali we worked on the 7 count knife and stick drill or espada y daga (sword and dagger). We worked on the T drill separately, then hubud drill, then the 7 count separately. Finally we worked on the T drill and 7 count together in one full flow drill.
I filmed the T and 7 count full flow drill. Here is the video in all its um… glory? Well its something.
It is 12 pm here, and I must go to bed. I have a 5 am wake up. Weeee! Thank you for reading, and if you have any questions please feel free to ask.