Monday, September 10, 2007

So You Wanna Be a Boxer, Huh?

I guess I really do. It took some pretty strong effort to get to my new gym today. The transition has been a little harder than I had expected. The guys at my old club don't seem terribly excited about setting up any new workout arrangements right now. I think we're going off into different directions. That's understandable, but still kind of disappointing to me.

Since our club closed on August 31--and it hasn't even been two weeks since that date--it is probably still too early to predict accurately what will happen. I have pretty much done what I can to keep the guys together; the rest will be up to them.

Why am I mentioning all this? Simply because it has been affecting my motivation. I really need to accept this change in my life. It has happened and is the reality I am facing now. The old arrangement was nice while it lasted, but now we're in a new situation (at least I am).

I like the new gym. Everyone is friendly there, I fit in well, and it's already starting to feel like home to me. Work has been kind of nutty, though, and I was really on the fence about getting over to the gym today. Oh, the excuses a man's mind can generate!

After I had my bag packed and went out the door, I really thought about turning back and doing the workout tomorrow instead. It was miserable outdoors. The temperature had dropped significantly this afternoon, and a nasty, misty rain was falling and making the whole scene look like something from a horror movie. Alright, maybe I am exaggerating just a little.

Anyway, I didn't turn back. I went to my new gym and had a decent workout. Here's the recap.
  • 30 minutes roadwork
  • 4 rounds shadowboxing
  • 3 rounds on the heavy bag
  • 2 rounds of stretching
  • 1 round on the speed bag
  • 1 round on the double-end bag

While shadowboxing, I got a few helpful pointers from Ray Pace, GoTime Chicago's boxing coach. He talked with me about doing some training with him and about meeting up with him and some of the other guys on Saturday mornings for sparring practice. That all sounds promising, too.

I don't know what will happen with my friends from my previous club. They are all great guys, and they're still my friends, but I don't know if we'll be pursuing our sport as a group. I cannot control that.

However, my experience today has taught me a valuable lesson. Even with the challenges, I am dedicated to this sport. I want to improve as a boxer. I'll stay with it.


Anonymous said...

Hey Steve,

Good to hear you found a new place.

I'm back to training the last two weeks. Ankles finally coming around. It's tough being a professional and training, it's even tougher being a professional, training and blogging!

I've been meaning to send you an email, I've just been so busy...

-Nerd of Steel

Steven Imparl said...

Hey Nerd of Steel,

Thanks. Getting my training back on track is important to me.

I'm glad to know your ankle is doing better. I know about the time constraints; being a lawyer-boxer-blogger is sometimes a challenge.

No sweat on the e-mail. Feel free to send a message whenever you like. Otherwise, blog communication works great, too. I see Marc is commenting at your site, also. Excellent.

Have a good one and welcome back to training!

M said...

Good on you, Steve!

It's like riding a are going to feel so at home soon enough. Talking about home, I should pay my old gym another visit and see how it's going. I might just try it out again for a few sessions.

I like your new gym alot.