Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Roadwork Recap: Saturday and Monday

Work has been pretty busy again, so my gym workouts have been sporadic and on my own. Here is a brief update on roadwork and shadowboxing.

October 28: 49 minutes
October 30: 21 minutes

Friday, October 27, 2006

Friday Training

Kind of a mediocre workout today. Kevin and Cory were at practice tonight with Bernard and me. It wasn't a bad workout, just an easy one. Here's the recap.
  • 24 minutes of roadwork
  • 8 rounds on the pads with Bernard
  • 1 round of shadowboxing
  • 1 round of stretching
So it is 10 rounds plus the roadwork. At least I was there.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Encouraging Fellow Boxers, Part 1

My friend and fellow boxer Jeff Gilbert recently recovered from a concussion sustained while sparring. He reports that he is back to his training and even doing some sparring. That is great news. Welcome back, Jeff. I'm glad you have recovered and am really happy to know that you are back in action. Keep punching, man, and keep those hands up!

Wednesday's Training

I was back at boxing practice today. It was great to be back with the guys. In addition to me, Bernard, Jack, Kevin, Tim, and Cory were at the workout. Despite my two-week layoff, I didn't do too badly. Here's the recap of today's training.
  • 33 minutes of roadwork
  • 10 rounds on the pads with Bernard
  • 3 rounds on the heavy bag
  • 2 rounds of situps
  • 2 rounds of stretching
  • 2 rounds of shadowboxing
  • 1 round on the uppercut bag
That makes a total of 20 rounds plus the roadwork. That's not too bad for my first day back in the gym.

We're having our two practices on Wednesday and Friday this week. It's really good to be back in action.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Tuesday Roadwork and Shadowboxing

Very brief roadwork today: 15 minutes, and throwing some punches at an imaginary opponent.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Contracts, Contracts, Contracts!

Despite the fact that this is the Lawyer-boxer's Blog, I have not yet written very much about the law or my law practice. Let me change that now.

I am a sole practitioner who concentrates his practice in Internet and e-commerce law for small businesses. I have been a lawyer for just under 14 years, and have been in solo practice for about 12 and one half years. I also write a lot and have published a 3-volume text about Internet law that I update quarterly. I enjoy my work and I feel blessed that I can practice in an area that makes use of my undergraduate education (bachelor's degree in computer science) and IT background (9 years as a programmer, analyst, and manager at a natural gas utility company).

I have mentioned here that work has been busy. For a self-employed guy, that is a good thing, although I need to get better at making time for my training. Yesterday, a new client asked me to review and comment on 6 proposed contracts in one day. That was a bit of a surprise, but I was able to finish the job for them and they seem happy with the work. I hope to build a long-term relationship with them, so I am pleased that our first few projects are going so well.

I am hoping things will get a bit more normal for training next week. I really don't expect work to slow down very much, but I do think I will be able to arrange my schedule enough so that I will resume more workouts. I've been doing the roadwork, but I miss the boxing training and the guys in our club.

I have some other things on topics besides training that I will post soon. For now, I am glad it is the weekend and I have some time to chill out!

Friday, October 20, 2006

Catching Up--Again

Over the last couple of weeks, workouts have not been quite what I would like them to be. Work has been really busy and there has been a lot of other stuff going on. Here's a recap of the roadwork I have managed to fit in.

October 4: 30 minutes
October 5: 19 minutes
October 7: 46 minutes
October 8: 24 minutes
October 9: 18 minutes
October 10: 22 minutes
October 11: 15 minutes
October 12: 15 minutes
October 13: 15 minutes
October 14: 22 minutes
October 15: 29 minutes
October 16: 27 minutes
October 17: 17 minutes
October 18: 19 minutes
October 19: 17 minutes

I am hoping work gets more manageable and predictable soon so that I can resume a more normal training schedule.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Wednesday's Workout

Today's workout was good, too. I did 12 rounds on the pads, so it was tiring. Here's the breakdown:
  • 35 minutes of roadwork
  • 12 rounds on the pads with Bernard
  • 2 rounds of shadowboxing
  • 2 rounds on the heavy bag
  • 1 round on the uppercut bag
  • 1 round on the double-end bag
  • 1 round of situps
  • 1 round of stretching
Overall that's 20 rounds--not bad at all.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Monday, October 02, 2006

Monday's Training: A Personal Best

Today has been a good training day. I was determined to come out swinging at the start of the week, and I did.
  • 30 minutes of roadwork
  • 11 rounds on the pads with Bernard (with 10 of them done all in a row, with no breaks except for the 30 seconds between rounds)
  • 3 rounds of shadowboxing
  • 2 rounds of situps
  • 2 rounds of stretching
  • 1 round on the solid heavy bag
  • 1 round on the water-filled heavy bag
  • 1 round on the uppercut bag
  • 1 round on the double-end bag
That's 22 rounds plus the roadwork. I'm happy with it.

We had a decent turnout. Bernard, Kevin, the Judge, Mike B., and I were there.

The 10 consecutive rounds on the pads was a personal best for me. I had previously worked with Bernard on the pads for 8 consecutive rounds, but I managed to keep going for 10 tonight. I was surprisingly focused and energetic, even during the last few rounds. During round 9, I realized I was getting tired, but I stayed with the work; I figured the tiredness was more mental than physical and I was confident I could overcome the mental fatigue.

I stayed confident and focused on doing my best. Instead of thinking about how tired I was, I reminded myself that I was strong and quick, ready and energized. For his part, Bernard kept the work interesting and challenging as always, and I am pleased with some of the progress I've made. I was lighter on my feet tonight, more readily staying on my toes, and punching with greater precision and power. As my technique and conditioning improve, my confidence increases. This was a workout day to remember.