Friday, January 19, 2007

Good Luck, Jeff!

My good friend, Jeff Gilbert in Seattle, WA, has a bout coming up tomorrow, in Langley, British Columbia. I am thrilled for him! He's been training hard and eagerly anticipating this match. I know he will do well and I sure hope he has a blast with it. Jeff will be going up against a Canadian opponent. The match will be at the Langley City Boxing Club. Here is the information; if you happen to be in the greater Vancouver, BC area, stop by and cheer Jeff on. He's a good guy and he is really psyched for this bout.

Do well, Jeff, and above all, have a great time!

Roadwork Summary

It has been cold this week and roadwork has meant getting around snow and ice and braving the cold weather. Here's the update on roadwork and shadowboxing for the last few days.

January 16: 17 minutes
January 17: 21 minutes
January 18: 37 minutes

Monday, January 15, 2007

Monday's Workout

I had a good workout today, but I was the only one at practice with Bernard! I don't know what happened with the rest of the guys. I hope they will be there on Thursday. (Our next workout is on Thursday this week instead of Wednesday, but unfortunately, I won't be there because I have to attend a meeting.)

Here's the recap for today:
  • 25 minutes of roadwork (yes, it's still cold out there)
  • 9 rounds on the pads with Bernard
  • 4 rounds practicing slipping with the rope (actually a string) across the ring
  • 2 rounds on the heavy bag
  • 1 round of practicing the left jab while holding a 3-pound weight
  • 1 round of stretching
That's 17 rounds plus the shivering, I mean roadwork. Working on the pads was challenging today. We worked a lot on hooks and uppercuts, in groups of 5. We also used the punch shield to practice a quick attack and retreat, an effective move to use against taller opponents. We'll be doing more of that, but today's routine consisted of stepping in with a double left jab and hard straight right, then backing out with two quick steps, moving in again, scoring, and moving back out. Getting the footwork down was kind of challenging, but I'll master it. It's great to have new challenges and to feel I am making progress in this sport.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Chilly Sunday Roadwork

Winter is back! I managed only 12 minutes today. It's freezing out there. I did some shadowboxing, too, but it's still cold.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Thursday Roadwork

Did 33 minutes today. Surprisingly, I am not sore from yesterday. That's a good thing.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Wednesday's Training

Today's workout was pretty good. At our practice, it was Bernard, Cory, Kevin, Andrew, and a guest of Bernard's named Chance who came in to give us some sparring practice. Kevin sparred 3 rounds with him. I didn't spar because it was my first time attending practice in about two weeks, so I wanted to get my timing back. Even so, I had a good workout. Here's the breakdown:
  • 22 minutes of roadwork
  • 9 rounds on the pads with Bernard
  • 3 rounds of shadowboxing
  • 2 rounds on the heavy bag
  • 1 round on the double-end bag
  • 1 round of stretching
That's a total of 16 rounds plus the roadwork. I am easing back into the routine and into blogging about the routine, too! :-)

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Into the Winter I Go

Ah, the holidays are over. They were great fun, but they also played havoc with my workouts. Roadwork continues throughout December and the beginning of this month, but gym workouts were spotty and inconsistent. Now that we're into January, though, I am hoping to get back on track. I know I can do it; I just have to be consistent. Happy New Year 2007 and let's go for a good year of training and improvement of skills!