Thursday, June 22, 2006

Wednesday's Training

Today was a good day for training. While it's a bit less than I would have liked, as my grandfather (my Dad's Dad) used to say, "The biggest room in the house is always the room for improvement." He's right. So, regardless of my need (or perceived need) for improvement, here's the report for Wednesday.
  • 46 minutes of roadwork
  • 5 rounds on the pads with Bernard (yeah, including those intense speed drills in the last 30 seconds!)
  • 3 rounds on the heavy bag
  • 2 rounds of shadowboxing
  • 2 rounds on the double-end bag
  • 1 round of situps and stretching
That makes 13 rounds plus the roadwork. We haven't been sparring much lately, but that's because we've had a few of our guys missing. Hopefully, Tim and Andrew will be back next week; it will be good to see them again after their two-week vacations in Europe. Mattt, our new member, couldn't attend because he was delayed returning from a deposition in California (fun, fun, fun!) and my guess is that Ron was traveling again for work. Furthermore, Jack has not been at practice for a few weeks, so I need to check in with him.

Tonight's crew was a small one: just Cory, Mike B., Bernard, and I. The Judge showed up just for a couple of minutes, picked up his bag gloves off the floor, and left. The summer months usually slow down a lot. The period of really nice weather in Chicago is fairly short, so we try to make the most of being outdoors during the summer months. Of course, we Chicagoans also tend to whine about how awful the weather is and even to exaggerate the brevity of the summer. Therefore, if you really want to know about the climate here, you'll be best served by coming here to experience it for yourself. If you'll be in town, feel free to e-mail me and maybe you can join us for one of our workouts.

I am glad that the double-end bag was kinder to me at my workout than it apparently was to my friend Duncan Higgitt, who blogged that he had hurt his finger on the speedball (I think that's another term for the double-end bag). Regardless of the exact piece of equipment, it sounds painful, so get well soon, Duncan! Also, if you haven't visited Duncan's site yet, I recommend it. He is one of my counterparts in the UK and quite a likeable fellow, as I can tell from my friendly e-mail correspondence with him.

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