Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Monday Roadwork

It has been a rainy, soggy day here. The rain has been falling, on and off, all day. This evening, I managed to get in 31 minutes of roadwork, but I did get wet. Maybe my attempts to dodge the raindrops will make me better at slipping punches. Hey, a guy can hope, can't he?

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Friday's Roadwork

Just short roadwork today: 20 minutes. Better than nothing. Work has been hectic this week. It's always something, isn't it?

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Wednesday's Training

I had a good workout today. I felt a lot more focused than I did last week. I didn't get to do any sparring today, but I did more rounds than last Wednesday and I felt more enthusiastic for the whole workout. Here's the summary:
  • 35 minutes of roadwork
  • 4 rounds on the pads with Bernard
  • 4 rounds on the uppercut bag
  • 4 rounds on the double-end bag
  • 3 rounds of shadowboxing
  • 1 round on the heavy bag
That makes 16 rounds (all 3 minutes long) plus the roadwork. It's not a personal best, but it's a decent training day.

We had a decent attendance tonight. In addition to Bernard, Matt, Mike B., Andrew, the Judge, John M. and his two sons, and I were there. Tim could not attend because he had to work late. A good time--and a good workout--was had by all.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Tuesday's Long Roadwork

I did an 1 hour and 5 minutes today. I worked up a good sweat. It's good preparation for Wednesday at the gym. :-)

Monday, August 21, 2006

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Thursday's Roadwork

30 minutes today. I did some shadowboxing, but not as much as usual.

Wednesday's Gym Workout

Today's workout was pretty good. Here's the breakdown:
  • 36 minutes of roadwork
  • 4 rounds of shadowboxing
  • 3 rounds on the pads with Bernard
  • 2 rounds of sparring with Kevin
  • 2 rounds on the double-end bag
  • 2 rounds of situps
  • 1 round of stretching
That makes 14 rounds plus the roadwork. It was good to get back to some sparring. However, I had a lot on my mind and my concentration was not so good, so I noticed my defense was deteriorating. Oh well, I will do better next time.

We had a great turnout: 8 guys plus Bernard. The boxers included Tim, Rich, Matt, Andrew, Jack, Mark V., Kevin, and me. It was awesome to have so many guys there. Now we just need to keep the numbers up.

I first had this kind of a vision for our boxing team nearly 6 years ago. It's exciting to see my vision manifesting in reality. Thanks, guys!

Monday, August 14, 2006

Monday's Roadwork and Shadowboxing

I did 30 minutes today of roadwork and shadowboxing. It went pretty well. I felt like my punches were quick and smooth. Today was a modest day of training, but still very enjoyable.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Sunday Visualization

I did 16 minutes of visualization today. The visualization was pretty simple. I focused my mental rehearsal on throwing a double left jab at my opponent, followed by a straight right. It went well. I felt like the visualization session was helpful. I will keep at it.

Sunday Roadwork

32 minutes of roadwork today.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

A Day Off

I took today off to rest up a bit. I felt like I needed a break--more a mental one than a physical one--so I decided to take one.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Wednesday's Workout

Bernard was back with us today. Tim apparently had to work and Cory was not there, but Rich, Kevin, and I attended. Here's the breakdown of today's workout.
  • 32 minutes of roadwork
  • 5 rounds on the pads with Bernard
  • 4 rounds of shadowboxing
  • 3 rounds on double-end bag
  • 3 rounds on heavy bag
  • 2 rounds on uppercut bag
  • 1 round of stretching
That's 18 rounds plus the roadwork. Not too bad. Onward and upward!

Also, Rita stopped by at the end of the workout and we talked about having the 2007 Emerald Gloves tournament on Friday, March 16, 2007. I need to talk to Tim about the date, but I'd like to set it soon so we can start planning to make the event a huge one. If I get to box in the event again, it will be even better.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Tuesday's Roadwork

45 minutes today. It has cooled off considerably; we are out of the grip of this summer's heat wave.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Sunday's Roadwork and Shadowboxing

The family reunion yesterday was great. Lots of food, so back to the training today! 35 minutes of roadwork and shadowboxing... jab... jab... jab...

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Saturday Roadwork and Shadowboxing

I did 25 minutes of roadwork and shadowboxing today. I had hoped to do more, but we're having the annual family reunion today, so my time is kind of limited.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Wednesday's Boxing Workout

Bernard was not able to be at our practice today. He got stuck at work in Barrington and there was no way he could get to our gym in time to join us. That's a shame because there were 5 of us present at 5:30 p.m.: Kevin, Rich, Cory, the Judge, and me. Oh well, we'll connect with Bernard next week. Nonetheless, it was a good workout today.
  • 22 minutes of roadwork
  • 5 rounds of shadowboxing
  • 3 rounds on the heavy bag
  • 3 rounds on the double-end bag
  • 2 rounds on the uppercut bag
  • 1 round of stretching
  • 1 round of situps
That's 15 rounds plus the roadwork.

Also, our double-end bag is fixed and back in action, so that is good news. :-)

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Tuesday's Roadwork and Shadowboxing

35 minutes today. It's still hot out there!

Staying Well-hydrated During the Heat Wave

I love it. I'm thrilled. People are getting the message about the importance of drinking plenty of water during the hot summer days. (Of course, drinking adequate water is important all year, but we're generally more likely to get into trouble from dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke during the summer.)

When I ran cross-country during my freshman year of high school, our coaches (Mike Martorano and Doug Berger) always encouraged us runners to be sure to drink enough water. They even gave us specific recommendations for how much to drink, even though we might not feel thirsty. That's really important because, apparently, the human thirst mechanism doesn't normally kick in until after some dehydration has occurred, so our brains won't tell us to replenish ourselves with water until after we have already lost a significant amount of it.

Throughout my years of participation in fitness and sports, consuming adequate water--or staying hydrated, as it's often put--has been one of the constants. When I trained at Chicago's famous Windy City Boxing Gym (a classic gym if there ever was one) during the hot summer days, we boxers drank water from a garden hose. It was all part of the charm of the place. A few years later, when I worked with personal fitness trainer Matt Steinberg, he always encouraged me to drink water between sets of weight lifting. I even had a former boxing coach (who shall remain nameless to protect the innocent) who had some very strange ideas about water; he yelled at me sometimes for drinking "too much" water. Yeah, I know, go figure.

In any event, I'm happy that the public at large seems to be getting the message about the importance of adequate water consumption. Of course, some people don't need that message since they have already internalized it. For example, take my dad. He fondly tells me of his days in the United States Marine Corps Reserves when his unit did various exercises out in the desert. Drinking water was not just recommended, it was an order! Apparently, the Marines could not afford to lose a few good men to dehydration, so adequate water intake was mandated. These days, Dad applies that knowledge in civilian life. Since he's my mom's full-time caregiver, he uses a bottle to measure how much water Mom drinks daily to ensure she is drinking enough.

Additionally, I was pleased yesterday when talking to my great-aunt Estelle. She is 94 years old and I sometimes check in on her to make sure she is doing alright, and Monday was one of those times. We had a nice, albeit fairly short, visit. We discussed the importance of staying cool and of consuming lots of water. I verified that she was drinking a lot of water and Aunt Estelle assured me, "Oh yes, I drink a lot of water all year." Cool. Mission accomplished.

One other member of my family deserves mention. My brother, jock that he is, also appreciates the importance of staying well-hydrated. When he's not busy doing triathlons, he's swimming, walking, or practicing karate. In all of those events, he makes sure to drink plenty of good old H2O.

Even with all this background in my family and general knowledge about drinking enough water, I don't like to complacent about the issue. Reading this article, "Stay hydrated to beat heat," in Monday's USA Today reminded me of the importance of water and of consuming enough of it to stay cool and in good health.

Monday's Roadwork and Shadowboxing

45 minutes of roadworkd and shadowboxing today. It has been a hot day: the high temperature was 98 degrees. I keep plodding along.