Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Pre-Christmas Workout

Today's training was decent.  I made it a priority to train in the morning and, although making the time for the workout took some extra organization and focus than usual, I'm very glad I did it.  I've decided to renew my commitment to fitness and boxing training throughout the holidays so that I can continue it uninterrupted into 2009.

Here's today's recap.
  • 35 minutes of roadwork
  • 4 rounds of shadowboxing
  • 3 rounds on heavy bag
  • 3 rounds of stretching
  • 1 round on uppercut bag
  • 1 round on double-end bag
That makes 12 rounds in the gym plus the roadwork.  I'm varying the workouts a bit to keep them interesting.  The important thing is consistency.

The gym was pretty quiet today.  There were just 3 other members, but I got to meet another member I didn't know before, so that was good.

The gym will be closed tomorrow, but I expect to be back in action there on Friday.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Today's Picture: December 18, 2008



Used under license from Clipart.com.

The Lawyer-boxer-blogger is Now Blogging at LawyerCasting

I'm happy to announce that I am now a guest blogger at the LawyerCasting blog. Published by eLawMarketing (and edited by attorney/Internet marketer Joshua Fruchter), LawyerCasting covers "'best practices' in online marketing for lawyers and law firms, including websites, blogs, podcasts, webcasts, email marketing and much more!"

It's a real pleasure to be working with Josh Fruchter at LawyerCasting. You may remember that I also blog at JD Bliss Blog, as I mentioned here.

My first entry at LawyerCasting is about "16 Ways Lawyers Can Use Twitter."

Blogging at JD Bliss has taught me a lot and allowed me to connect with some great people and do a lot of networking online. I am looking forward to the same kinds of opportunities in my work with LawyerCasting. Blawg on!

Thursday's Training

Did 1 hour of roadwork this evening. It was pretty cold outside, but happily, the snow and ice and "wintry mix" had not yet arrived. The sidewalks were shoveled pretty well after the snow earlier this week.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Short Roadwork on Wednesday

Just 23 minutes today in the snow and ice.  Work was really hectic today, so even the short training break was helpful to clear my head (and my sinuses).

Monday, December 15, 2008

Monday's Training Update--Highlights

I haven't been updating the blog a lot lately due to work and other things going on. However, training continues. Here's the update for the last week or so. Everything isn't included, just the highlights.
Saturday, December 6

I went for another two-hour bike ride, this time with my good friend, Mark. Riding with a buddy made pedaling the two hours easier. Also, Mark's more familiar with the trail, so I followed him and didn't go off the trail twice like I had done the previous Sunday. Plus, he set a good pace--one that was a little slower than he and I would normally ride, but was manageable and provided enough of a workout. I am still getting used to those moderately longer rides, so Mark would probably bury me in a race. Even so, he's a great guy and it's fun riding with him.

Thursday, December 11
This was a gym training day. Here's today's recap:
  • 34 minutes of roadwork
  • 4 rounds on the heavy bag
  • 3 rounds of shadowboxing
  • 3 rounds on the uppercut bag
  • 3 rounds on the double-end bag
  • 4 rounds of stretching
I like training on the weekday mornings. The gym is less crowded and it looks like mornings may be a good time to get some sparring practice, which is really the missing piece of my training puzzle.

Friday, December 12

30 minutes of roadwork today

Saturday, December 13

Another gym day. Saturday mornings are getting crowded at GoTime. I'm happy to see it, for the owners' benefit, but I like training when there are fewer people around. I might be able to get some sparring on Saturdays, too, but it would probably have to be prearranged since Ray, the head boxing coach, has a lot of individual sessions. Maybe I can work in a session with him and some sparring time with other gym members. I'll have to look into that.

As for the workout, here it is:
  • 90 minutes of roadwork (it felt really great to be outside on Saturday)
  • 4 rounds on the heavy bag
  • 3 rounds of shadowboxing
  • 2 rounds on the uppercut bag
  • 2 rounds on the double-end bag
Sunday, December 14

A rest day.
Monday, December 15

20 minutes of roadwork. It was short, due to very cold temperatures outside and intense sinus congestion that had been bugging me all day. In the past, I have often sucked it up and fought through that kind of pain and forced myself to do a full workout. However, I found that I almost always ended up losing training time because my sinuses would protest and stay clogged even longer. These days, I rest up and recover and then hit it hard the next time. The training plan calls for a good gym workout on Tuesday, so I want to be rested and ready for that.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Thursday Roadwork [shiver]

Did only 22 minutes today. It's cold out there!

Wednesday's Workout

I had a good workout at the gym on Wednesday.

Here's the recap.
  • 1 hour of roadwork
  • 5 rounds on uppercut bag
  • 5 rounds on heavy bag
  • 5 rounds on double-end bag
  • 4 rounds of stretching
  • 1 round of abs exercises
I am liking the morning training. I'm getting to know some of the morning guys and will probably get some sparring partners from the group. Good stuff.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Helpful Article about Shadowboxing at How-to-box.com

Over at How-to-box.com, Aaron Luhning offers a number of useful tips in his article "How to Shadowbox."

Although shadowboxing is a basic training technique, like any of the basics, I don't think a boxer can practice it too much or ever get so good at it that he doesn't need to practice it anymore.

While you're there, check out the rest of the How-to-box site. It contains many helpful pointers, videos, and discussions. Overall, it's a great site and I hope you'll find it beneficial.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Boxing As a Form of Self-defense

At TBO-TECH, Self Defense Blogger shares his thoughts about boxing as a self-defense style. It's an interesting, albeit brief, blog entry that necessarily boils down a lot of boxing technique into three major areas related to self-defense: punches, footwork, and strike points.

I agree with a lot of what he says, plus I now have another blog to read. :-)

Snow Roadwork

Monday and Tuesday, I just did some roadwork out in the snow.

Monday:  28 minutes
Tuesday:  22 minutes

Back to the gym tomorrow.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Starting the Year with a Renewed Commitment to Fitness and Training

November 28 was my birthday. I've enjoyed, for the most part, a long Thanksgiving and birthday weekend.

Since I view each birthday as the beginning of a new year for me, one way I celebrate birthdays is to plan a set of goals for the coming year. Another part of my celebration is to renew my commitment to the things in my life that are important to me. One of those things is my boxing training.

To kick off the new year, I did the following workout today:

Bike ride: 2 hours 20 minutes
Roadwork: 15 minutes

It was an intense bike ride, but an enjoyable one. I rode through sleet, driving wind, and spray and flowing water that covered the bike trail as I rode alongside a very choppy Lake Michigan. I am considering biking to and from my gym, once I develop enough endurance to do that in a reasonable amount of time.

I am happy that I have done the most important part of renewing my commitment to fitness and training: I have begun doing it in the new year.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Blawg Review # 187 Is Now Online at LawyerCasting

Joshua Fruchter, the Editor and Publisher of LawyerCasting, is hosting this week’s Blawg Review. In honor of Evolution Day, Blawg Review # 187 has a theme of “survival.” It has a collection of many links to informative blawg articles, organized around the following general topics.
  • State of the Legal Industry
  • Advice for Individual Attorneys
    • Excel at your work
    • Switch practice areas
    • Go solo
    • Leave law
  • Advice for Law Firms
    • Conserve cash
    • Consider (and reconsider) the need for and value of layoffs
    • Focusing on existing clients
    • Continue marketing cost-effectively and creatively
    • Bailout money
Overall, Blawg Review # 187 offers practical suggestions and tools for lawyers and law firms working to “survive” in today’s challenging economy. These are strategies that attorneys and their firms need to go from merely surviving to thriving. Read it!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

New Addition to My Blogroll: SportsAgentBlog

Earlier today, a new reader of this blog and fellow lawyer, Gary Wimsett, Jr., told me about an interesting blog: SportsAgentBlog. I have added a link to it in the "Sports Blogs" section of the blogroll.

I haven't yet had a chance to spend a lot of time there, but I already like what I see. SportsAgentBlog provides some great content and a lot of coverage about the business and law of sports. While the blog covers most sports, it contains some entries about boxing, and here's an informative commentary about MMA's Randy Couture and Brock Lesnar.

I hope you'll enjoy SportsAgentBlog as much as I already am. Thanks, Gary, for the fine recommendation and welcome to Lawyer-boxer's Blog!

Thursday Roadwork

Did 43 minutes today. It was quite cold, and there was a little snow. Afterward, I was like a human popsicle.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Sunday's Training

Sunday's training was quick, but very useful. It included the following:
  • 35 minutes of roadwork
  • 3 rounds of shadowboxing
  • 1 round on the uppercut bag
  • 4 rounds on the heavy bag
  • 2 rounds of stretching
I'm starting to introduce (or reintroduce) new elements into my workouts. One example is endurance drills on the heavy bag. Those drills consist of punching nonstop for a set period of time. I did 30-second drills on Sunday--30 seconds of punching at the end of the round. I'm pleased with how it went, but of course, I want to improve it. The more variety I can offer myself in the workouts, the better it will be all around and it will be easier to stay motivated for training.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Another Brief Training Report

I am trying to balance work and training. Here's a quick recap of this week's training so far.

Sunday, November 9:

12 minutes roadwork (yeah, just a short one today)

Monday, November 10: Gym workout

40 minutes of roadwork
10 rounds of shadowboxing
2 rounds of stretching

Tuesday, November 11:

60 minutes of roadwork

Wednesday, November 12:

A rest day--no training

Thursday, November 13:

30 minutes of roadwork

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Brief Training Update on Election Day

I haven't posted all that frequently lately because work is starting to ramp up and that's a welcome development. Now that I'm settled in comfortably after my move, life is getting back to normal (whatever that is).

Training is getting back to a level where I am getting ready to start focusing on specific improvements. For now, work in the gym and roadwork continue.

The roadwork is more enjoyable than ever. Being able to do it along the shore of Lake Michigan is nice. The weather has been mild lately, too, and that helps a lot.

Here's a recap of the last few days.

Sunday, November 2:  Gym workout
  • 1 hour and 4 minutes of roadwork
  • 4 rounds of shadowboxing
  • 4 rounds on the uppercut bag
  • 4 rounds on heavy bag
  • 6 rounds of stretching (done in 2-round sets after each 4-round set of the other exercises)
Monday, November 3:

31 minutes of roadwork

Tuesday, November 4:

30 minutes of roadwork

It's happening.  There's always room for improvement, but it's happening.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Come On, Tell Us How You Really Feel!

Whoa!

I was startled to read this article quoting World Boxing Council president José Sulaimán expressing his distaste for mixed martial arts. Here are three choice quotes from Mr. Sulaimán.
  • "I oppose 100 percent this ultimate fighting. It has taken boxing to the era of the caveman and the Roman circus."
  • "These are not ancient times. This fighting is fed to those fans who like aggression, blood and illegality. They are not boxing fans. Boxing fans have class."
  • "There should be more control over these [MMA] fights, they should not be accepted. They are intended crimes accepted by bloody people who love this savage fighting."
Yeow. Savage? Aggression? Blood? Illegality? That's some pretty strong language to describe MMA. He could have just said he didn't like it. He didn't have to say it was "savage." On the other hand, at least Sulaimán doensn't leave us guessing about his opinion.

I have mixed feelings about mixed martial arts. I think MMA is fine as long as it's kept safe and the fighters aren't exploited by people out to take advantage of them. It's not my first choice of sport, but I would like to learn some good grappling and ground-fighting techniques to complement my skills as a boxer.

As for taking "boxing to the era of the caveman and the Roman circus," I respectfully disagree. Mr. Sulaimán is certainly entitled to his opinion, an opinion that is based on a hell of a lot more experience and knowledge about the sport than I have. Even so, boxing certainly had its share of problems long before MMA began its ascent as a popular sport. Ironically, Sulaimán himself has been instrumental in resolving some of those problems. Of course, he has his critics and one can certainly debate whether some of the changes he has effected are truly reforms. Nevertheless, the problems existed before and independently of MMA.

Regardless of whether one likes MMA or dislikes it, I don't think it's fair to blame boxing's problems on the newer sport. During the last year, I've read countless articles and debates about how MMA was going to eclipse boxing, while various enthusiastic fans predicted gleefully that boxing would simply fade into oblivion. I haven't seen that happen, and I don't think it will happen. MMA's organizations are experiencing difficulties, just as boxing's organizations have. Each sport needs to clean up its own house and there is no reason for blame; both of them can coexist without a problem, in my not-so-humble opinion.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Midweek Training Update

Not a lot to report.  I'm still trying to find the best times to get to the gym.  I may stick with mornings, but it's hard to get any sparring then.  No worries; I'll figure it out.  Here's the update for the last two days.

Tuesday
1 hour 18 minutes of roadwork (in the rain!)
5 flights of stairs

Wednesday
36 minutes of roadwork (clear, sunny day)
10 flights of stairs

Monday, October 06, 2008

Monday Update

Roadwork: 36 minutes
Stairs: 5 flights

I'm leaving some room for improvement.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Sunday's Training

Today was a good day.  I managed 44 minutes of roadwork.  I have also started adding climbing stairs as part of my training.  I did 20 flights today.  That will increase.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Post-move Training: Friday and Saturday

I got through my move. Yippee!  Now it's back to something resembling a normal training schedule.  Here's the recap for Friday and Saturday.

Friday
60 minutes of roadwork
3 rounds of shadowboxing
3 rounds on the heavy bag
2 rounds of stretching
1 round of abs/sit-ups

Saturday
60 minutes of roadwork on a great, sunny day

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Wednesday's Roadwork

1 hour and 30 minutes today.  Yeah, I know it's not sport-specific training, but it's what I can do now as I enter the last week of preparing for my move.  I am trying to keep at least a general level of fitness going, since it's hard to make the time to get to the gym.

My schedule won't always be this crazy--at least I hope it won't!  I look forward to getting back in a regular gym routine after I get into my new place next week.

New Boxing Blog Online: jonos big fight

During my blog-surfing, I came across an interesting blog called jonos big fight. It's published by a Malaysian fellow, named Jono, who has just started training for a boxing event to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on November 28, 2008 (which just happens to be my birthday).

I've added Jono's blog to my blogroll (under the "Boxing Blogs" heading). I'll be following his training and hoping his bout goes well. Good luck, Jono, and feel free to visit us here sometime.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Monday, September 15, 2008

Not Much to Report

I haven't blogged a lot lately because there just is not a lot to report on the boxing front. I have been consumed with getting ready for my move and trying to keep my law practice going and keeping up with my writing gigs. I've also spent a considerable amount of time helping my parents to get ready for their upcoming move. Training has been less frequent and less intense than I would like, but I know that's a temporary situation that I'll get past soon.

A man named Glen, one of the readers of this blog, who lives in the greater Chicago area, invited me to box with him in a local bout on September 25. Ordinarily, I would jump at the chance, but I have too many distractions right now to add a boxing match to the mix. My training isn't where it needs to be for such an event and there is no way I am going to box unless I am in fine physical and mental shape for it. I have no interest in getting injured or injuring anyone else. I also want to be a worthy opponent. It's a shame because, at least on paper, Glen and I seem to be very well matched.

I had to decline the invitation for this particular match. However, in the spirit of good sportsmanship, I've been reaching out to a few boxers and coaches here and trying to help Glen find an opponent. Also, I told him that I would be very interested in doing a bout in the future, if we are as evenly matched as we seem to be. If I could sensibly squeeze it in, when Glen has his bout, I'd love to be the guy in the opposite corner of the ring. That won't happen this time, but perhaps in the near future we can arrange something. In any event, good luck, Glen, and let us know how it goes!

Monday, September 08, 2008

Rainy Monday Roadwork

19 minutes today, dodging the raindrops.

Two More Boxing Blogs

I recently spotted two more boxing blogs written by guys who seem kind of like me.  Here they are.

Earning a Nickname

Toe to Toe

I've enjoyed reading them so far, so I'm hoping these guys will update their blogs fairly regularly so I can follow their training and adventures.

Hat tip to my friend, Marc, who publishes My Boxing Blog.  I found these new blogs on Marc's site.  Thanks, Marc!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

"He's One of Us!": Robert Anasi Reflects on a Prison Sparring Session

As I say to my buddy Mark, whom I'll hopefully eventually face in the ring (once his ankle heels from an injury), "You're our kind of guy."  On his blog, Robert Anasi recounts an experience when he was welcomed with a variation of this expression: "He's one of us!"

Way to go, Robert!  Your story reminds me of an experience I had and blogged about, "Pledging the Fistic Fraternity."

Weekend Roadwork

There's not a lot to report. After last week's work-and-move craziness, I needed to have a lot of down time over the long Labor Day weekend. I did 1 hour on Saturday and 43 minutes on Sunday. I took Monday off.

Friday's Morning Training

Friday's training was brief, but I resisted the temptation to skip it entirely. I went to my parents' closing on their new condo later in the day, so the morning was pretty hectic, but I'm glad I got to the gym. The recap is brief:
  • one hour of roadwork (I did this later in the day)
  • 6 rounds of shadowboxing
  • 1 round of stretching
I also talked briefly with Chad and asked him about learning some grappling and ground-fighting techniques. I will still always be a boxer first, but I'd like to expand my skills and learn some things that are outside my ken. He suggested that I talk with Robbie, so I'll do that this week and see what I can arrange.

First, Some Good News

My mom is out of the hospital and back at home, recovering well.  In the interest of her privacy, I won't go into the details of her condition, but I am glad she is doing well and on the mend.  It's a great relief.  Also, she has been out of the hospital since August 21, but I've been so darned busy I haven't updated the blog in a while.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Brief Update

Not much to report here, but I figured it's better to write something than to stay silent.  Last week, I went to the gym, and over the last 6 days, I've done about 3.5 hours of roadwork, so that's not too bad.

Life has been nuts lately.  (What else is new, right?)  My mother has been hospitalized since Sunday.  She's doing better and should be able to go home soon.  I'm planning for my move and helping my parents to plan for theirs and get the paperwork done for their new condo and so forth.  Additionally, I'm running my law practice and hustling to get some new clients, as well as finish my various writing projects.

In other words, life continues to be challenging.  I'm hoping to get to the gym tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Wednesday Speed Training

Today I did another morning workout. The focus was on speed. I don't mean that the workout was particularly intense and brief; I mean that I practiced speed and getting faster. It's helpful to have this kind of session, just as it can be helpful to dedicate some sessions to better balance, power, and strategy.

Here's the recap.
  • 35 minutes of roadwork
  • 4 rounds of shadowboxing
  • 6 rounds on the double-end bag
  • 4 rounds of stretching
  • 1 round of situps and crunches
That's 15 rounds plus the roadwork. There's also a mental component of speed training, involving thinking of myself and seeing myself faster. While I was thinking in those terms during today's workout, I want to do some focused mental training dedicated to improving speed. It's a good feeling to be getting faster.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Tuesday's Sweat

1 hour and 13 minutes of roadwork today.  It's really hot and humid out there!

Monday, August 04, 2008

Monday: Starting the Week Right

I got to the gym fairly early this morning. (I wanted to get there even earlier, but I was making a map for my dad for his condo search and doing some online networking, and it was raining hard outside so I wanted to wait until I could head out the door without getting completely soaked.)

I saw Ricky this morning. That was cool because I hadn't seen him for a while. I seem to have been training at the times he's not there, so it was nice to see him again.

The workout was pretty good.
  • 45 minutes of roadwork (in defiance of the pouring rain, hah!)
  • 4 rounds of shadowboxing
  • 4 rounds on the double-end bag
  • 2 rounds on the heavy bag
  • 1 round of stretching
That makes 11 rounds plus the roadwork. Not bad for a rainy Monday morning.

I noticed my footwork was a little sluggish during the shadowboxing. That's frustrating, but I'll work on it more this week. Specifically, I'll focus on moving after throwing combinations because that's where I need to make it smoother.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Day of Rest

On the seventh (or first) day, he rested and saw that it was good.

Sunday has been a day off from training. I don't want to over-train. Over-training can sound like it implies some herculean effort, but it's surprisingly easy to do if you're not careful. Paying attention to the body, and even imposing some forced days of rest regardless of whether we think we need them, can help us go the distance with our training. After all, this body and mind have to last me for the rest of my life.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Saturday Easy Roadwork

Did 30 minutes today. Wanted to have a fairly easy day. Spent the rest of the day apartment hunting in Edgewater and hanging with Mark (my southpaw buddy).

Friday, August 01, 2008

Friday's Training

I had hoped to do a morning workout today, but I was kind of tired in the a.m. and moving very slowly, so I decided to wait.  I did get to the gym late this afternoon.  I'm glad I waited because I am sure I had a better workout than I would have had in the morning.  Here's how it went.
  • 30 minutes roadwork
  • 4 rounds on the double-end bag
  • 4 rounds on the speed bag
  • 2 rounds on the heavy bag
  • 2 rounds on the double-end bag
  • 1 round of stretching

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Thursday's Workout

Morning workout today.  It was pretty focused training.  Here's the summary.
  • 24 minutes of roadwork (it's getting even hotter outside these days)
  • 3 rounds on double-end bag
  • 3 rounds on heavy bag
  • 3 rounds on speed bag
  • 3 rounds of stretching
I like the morning training.  It's a great way to start the day.  I want to do it more often.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Tuesday Roadwork

31 minutes today.  If you wonder why I often have odd numbers for the times of the roadwork, such as 31 minutes instead of 30, it's to keep things varied and interesting for me.  It's a personality quirrk, I know, but I have learned not to fight myself; I do what's effective for me.

Joy of Fighting

Robert Anasi has posted a personal account of his recent experience of this joy. Read it.

Monday's Training

Got to the gym after work today. Here's the recap.
  • 45 minutes of roadwork
  • 4 rounds of shadowboxing
  • 4 rounds on the double-end bag
  • 4 rounds on the heavy bag
  • 4 rounds on the speed bag
  • 4 rounds of stretching
  • 1 round of situps and crunches
Not bad. That's 21 rounds plus the roadwork. I worked a lot on polishing combinations. In boxing, as in any sport, there's always something the athlete can do just a little better. Tonight, I focused on the speed of my punches and making them follow one another smoothly. Of course, I had to do that while staying balanced, in a good stance, moving my head to make it harder to be hit, gliding across the ring like an air hockey puck, and so on...

On another point, Robbie was the man in charge of the gym tonight. He's a great guy, as well as a very good fighter, and I'm happy to see him taking over more responsibility.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Showing Up

It's not about the number of hours spent in training. It's not about the exact number of rounds logged. It's about commitment and staying in the game, about showing up for training.

Life's sorta, kinda insane right now with my law practice getting busier (yay!) and my upcoming move. As such, it's easy to find excuses not to train. Today was one of those days. I felt an intense wave of what Steven Pressfield would call "resistance." (Pressfield elaborates on resistance in his book, The War of Art: Break through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles--a very good read, by the way.)

What can I say? I went to the mat with resistance and managed to get to the gym for a short workout. It really was brief:
  • 14 minutes of roadwork
  • 5 rounds of shadowboxing
  • 2 rounds of stretching
That's it. Of course, it's not about the amount of training time I can post here; it's about showing up to do the training.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Friday Roadwork

48 minutes today.  Nice, easy pace.  Great day to be outside.

Thursday Morning Training

Today's gym session was a great start to my day. Chad was there, cheerfully putting one of the members through an intense workout. I trained on my own. Due to my need to do some errands and get to an appointment by 10:30 a.m., the workout was a bit shorter than I would have liked, but it still got me focused and feeling great for the rest of the day. Here's the breakdown.
  • 55 minutes of roadwork (this was after the gym session, later in the day)
  • 4 rounds of shadowboxing
  • 4 rounds on the heavy bag
  • 3 rounds of stretching
  • 1 rounds of abs work
Not a bad workout, just a little short on time. I'm glad I have been doing more stretching and emphasizing flexibility. That's going well and I'm already noticing less post-workout soreness. In the comments to this previous blog entry, fellow boxers Robert and Marc agreed about the importance of flexibility. With their encouragement, as well as that of my local friend, Mark, I can't go wrong.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Mike Tyson Training Video Courtesy of MarksTraining.com

Marks has a good blog post up with an embedded video of Mike Tyson training. Check out the video and Marks' commentary about it; it's worth seeing.

I might disagree with Marks about whether Tyson "was the greatest boxer to step into the ring." Then again, I might not. These are fun debates to have over a few beers with friends, but as far as answering who was or is "the greatest," I find the debate itself is a lot more important than whatever conclusion one reaches (which is bound to be different from the other guys talking about it).

It's helpful and inspiring to see a masterful presentation of some of the things my coaches have been trying to get me to do over the years.

Also, I hope you'll spend some time at the rest of Marks' blog. He has a fair amount of boxing content, along with the various other martial arts and MMA.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Training Continues

Not a lot to report here.  I've been doing the roadwork consistently and working on solidifying the gym routine and improving it.  It's getting where I want it to be.  Life is nuts right now.  Work is very busy and I am juggling various family issues and am preparing for a move.  Training keeps me grounded.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Monday's Training Update

Over the last two weeks, I have been to the gym a few times and had several roadwork sessions that lasted for an hour or more. I don't try to log all my training here, but I like to mention some of the workouts. Doing that helps me stay motivated and allows me to post about some other topics related to boxing. Also, my blogging here has been sparse because work has been very busy--unusually busy for July. Of course, being self-employed, that's a pretty good "problem" to have. I've been networking like a madman and have been hustling to get some new clients for my law practice. I'm also pursuing a few more writing gigs, so yeah, it has been a busy, and unusually productive, summer so far.

Here's today's training breakdown.
  • 32 minutes of roadwork
  • 4 rounds of shadowboxing
  • 4 rounds on the heavy bag
  • 4 rounds on the double-end bag
  • 4 rounds of stretching
  • 1 round of sit-ups and crunches
I did more stretching today than I had been doing because I want to focus more on flexibility. Over the weekend, I was talking with my buddy, Mark, about the challenges of the, ahem, "aging athlete," particularly in the area of preventing injuries. (Mark's a southpaw, pretty much ambidextrous as a boxer, and a fellow forty-something guy, so I am looking forward to sparring with him when his ankle heals.)

Flexibility is the component of fitness that seems to be overlooked most frequently. That's a shame because it's easy to practice and maintain and is a huge help for staying healthy and relatively injury-free. As long as I live, I want to remain committed to health and fitness. Of course, I don't know how long that will be. But there's a lot of longevity in my family and if I'm going to be on the planet until I'm 85 or 90 years old, I want to be healthy and fit for it.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Quick Update

Some brief periods of roadwork after Friday's training:

Saturday, June 28: 26 minutes
Monday, June 30: 24 minutes

Also, some good news: Chad at GoTime said he will help arrange some sparring for me. Since my training times have varied a lot recently, it has been hard to get much sparring practice, but I am hoping we can change that soon. I have been working on various improvements to my technique and would like to do some sparring to practice them under "real" conditions.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Sending Condolences to an Online Boxer Friend

My friend Marc's dog passed away on Sunday. I hope you will please join me in offering condolences to Marc. Thank you.

Friday Morning Workout

I did the morning workout again.  It was great.  It's still a bit difficult to get the timing of the workout down, but it is getting easier and I'm enjoying it.  Upon completing today's workout, I felt a lot of joy and peace--probably the rush of endorphins to my brain! The exact explanation doesn't matter; I'm not going to second-guess wholesome good feelings.

Here's the recap of today's workout.
  • 1 hour 25 minutes of roadwork
  • 5 rounds of shadowboxing
  • 5 rounds on the double-end bag
  • 3 rounds on the heavy bag
  • 1 round on the uppercut bag
  • 3 rounds of stretching
  • 1 round of situps and other abdominal exercises
That's 18 rounds plus the roadwork--not a bad way to begin a Friday.  I believe this kind of experience is what my friend Marc has in mind when he refers to the "joy of training."  How sweet it is!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Roadwork and Shadowboxing Update

Thursday, June 19: 45 minutes
Friday, June 20: 34 minutes
Saturday, June 21: 35 minutes
Monday, June 23: 23 minutes

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Monday's Workout

Ever have one of those days when work consumes more time than you thought it would and you come close to talking yourself out of going to the gym? Today was such a day. As I was scrambling to finish various projects and get on my way, I began to think, "Maybe I'll just take today off and go in early tomorrow morning." Doing that was tempting, but I am glad I got to GoTime this evening.

Here's a recap of the workout.
  • 35 minutes of roadwork
  • 3 rounds of shadowboxing
  • 3 rounds on heavy bag
  • 2 rounds of stretching
  • 7 rounds on double-end bag
I spent a lot of time on the double-end bag to work on my speed and timing. I'm trying to improve some combinations with it. I love that bag--it's like a close friend--because, as frustrating as it is to use, it always teaches me a lot.

I'll write more about my routines with the double-end bag soon. I'm trying to make the practice as interesting as possible so that I'll stay with it.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Saturday Roadwork

45 minutes on Saturday.

Wednesday's Training

I'm posting this (as well as the entry that immediately follows it) a few days after the fact, but because it mentions a slightly different approach to training, I want to post it.

On Wednesday, May 21, I tried something new: I did my training in the morning before work on a weekday. I haven't done that in a while and it was a great way to start the day. I got over to GoTime, talked with Chad for a few minutes, and then got to my routine. Here's the recap.
  • 35 minutes of roadwork
  • 3 rounds of shadowboxing
  • 3 rounds on the heavy bag
  • 6 rounds on the double-end bag
  • 2 rounds of stretching
  • 1 round of situps/abs
It was nice to do a morning workout. If I am going to continue doing them, I'll have to start a little earlier than I did on Wednesday, but I am still pleased with the results. Having some variety in the training program helps me stay interested.

Monday, May 19, 2008

JD Bliss Webinar with Carolyn Elefant: "From BigLaw to YourLaw: The Secrets of Starting and Growing a Successful Solo Law Practice"

Attention all lawyers:

Many of you know that I am a guest blogger and regular contributor at the JD Bliss Blog. I'm thrilled to post this announcement about Carolyn Elefant's upcoming webinar.


JD Bliss is proud to announce a new webinar on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at 12:30 PM EST:

From BigLaw to YourLaw: The Secrets of Starting and Growing a Successful Solo Law Practice


with


Carolyn Elefant, Esq.
Attorney, Author, Blogger and Consultant




During this 60-minute webinar, Carolyn Elefant, Esq., successful solo attorney, author of Solo by Choice, and publisher of the popular MyShingle blog for solo lawyers, will cover the nuts and bolts of starting up and growing your own successful solo law practice.

Attendees will learn:

  • The 9 reasons lawyers leave law firms to start their own practices

  • How to evaluate whether starting your own law firm is the right choice for you

  • How to write a business plan for your new firm

  • Techniques to identify potential clients and markets

  • 3 easy marketing tools to help build your reputation

  • How to negotiate an amicable departure from your current firm without "burning bridges"

  • And much more. . . . . .


Date: Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at 12:30 pm EST


Location: Participate remotely from the comfort of your own office or conference room via a webex connection!

Register for the Webinar

We look forward to greeting you!


I'm reading Carolyn's new book, Solo by Choice, and am thoroughly enjoying it. I recommend that you read the book and attend her webinar on June 3 to take advantages of these opportunities to learn about solo practice from Carolyn's extensive experience and clear, practical, and interesting way of presenting information about this exciting sector of our profession.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Preston Halliburton: Another Lawyer-boxer

As many of you know, I'm also a guest blogger at the JD Bliss Blog. A few days ago, I posted about yet another lawyer-boxer, Preston Halliburton of Buckhead, Georgia. Here's a link to the story.

http://www.jdblissblog.com/2008/05/in-this-cornerp.html

I'd like to say that the number of us lawyer-boxers is growing. I've blogged before about other lawyer boxers, and about law-student boxers. However, I don't know if our numbers are increasing or if we're just getting more press and blog coverage. It doesn't really matter, though, as long as we're enjoying the sport. Keep training, everyone!

Monday, May 05, 2008

Happy Anniversary to Me!

On May 5, 1994, I set out on my own to establish my solo law practice. It's hard to believe that was 14 years ago, but that's how quickly time flies. I can honestly say that I have had no regrets whatsoever; I am blissfully self-employed. I have certainly learned many things along the way, and I would probably do some things differently on a second attempt, but no regrets. It's a great feeling! 14 years--woohoo!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Mental Training

Yesterday, I focused on doing some mental rehearsal. It was the first time I had done it in a while; I need to do mental training more often.

For Thursday's training session, I spent about 15 minutes visualizing how to handle effectively an opponent who is always charging and hitting very hard--he's a relentless attacker. During the visualization, I recognized the importance of staying light on my feet and being able to move quickly. I always think I can't do too much footwork practice, and this mental training session affirmed that.

My imaginary opponent for the visualization is a friend of mine named Dave. I have fought him twice. I beat him the first time and he came back strong and won the second bout. I am eager to challenge him to a rematch.

Mental practice helps to point out some techniques I need to polish, such as smooth, quick footwork. It also gives me some concrete ideas about strategy; I can try out different approaches and see what works.

A challenge for mental training is the duration of it. I find myself training mentally for about 15 minutes at a time, but then I leave it on the side for too long. I am going to try more frequent mental training sessions and see if that helps me stay focused and improve my technique.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

New Blog Sighting

This morning, I happened upon a relatively new blog that has some good content and insights into our sport. It's called The Current Boxing Scene, and it is published by a fellow who calls himself "the boxing fanatic." According to the archives, this blog has been online for about two and a half months and provides very good commentary about what is going on these days in boxing. It's a fine blog and I hope "the boxing fanatic" will be posting more frequently. I already like what I see!

Hat tip to Marc at My Boxing Blog for the link.

Update:

Usually, I don't second-guess myself, but shouldn't that read "glove tip" instead of "hat tip." Or, maybe, "glove tap"? Nah, the latter is too aggressive--Marc might think I'm challenging him or something!

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Another Monday

Just 52 minutes of roadwork today. Even better news is that I received my replacement debit card and, unlike the previous replacement card I had, I was able to activate this card and use it. Now I can renew my gym membership (which used the old debit card that got stolen).

Automatic, recurring payments are great--as long as they work. Having my debit card stolen has been a very educational experience about how even simple personal finances and banking can become complicated in this electronic age when various accounts can be linked to one another.

It will be difficult to enjoy the same convenience without the complexity and the interrelationships among my PayPal account, debit card, and bank accounts. Nevertheless, I am developing some backup strategies to make things a lot easier in the event this situation happens again. I hope it wont, of course, but I plan to be prepared for it anyway.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Update on UNB Law Students' Boxing Event

A few days ago, I wrote about an event that law students at the University of New Brunswick planned to hold in order to raise funds for the Lawyers Against Landmines organization. Since then, I have traded a couple of e-mails with Gavin Cosgrove, the event's organizer. He seems like a great guy and he was kind enough to send me this news update about the Knocking Out Landmines event, which was a great success.

Gavin and I have talked briefly about working together to host a USA vs. Canada boxing event featuring lawyers and law students. That would be great, since I've been pondering the idea of organizing another lawyers' charitable boxing event here in Chicago. He and I will talk further about this.

Congratulations to Gavin and the rest of the UNB law students who boxed and raised a lot of funds for the Canadian Landmine Foundation. Well done, lads (and lass)!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Hey, Who Ordered the Snow???

It snowed a little yesterday. A little uncommon, but not unheard of for Chicago on March 27. It's weird because the previous day was partly sunny and very wam--about 60 degrees.

Anyway, even in the snow, I managed 46 minutes of roadwork, then another 30 minutes today. I haven't been to the gym this week (it's a long, boring story). Anyway, keep up the good work everyone!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

He's Back!

"He" is a fellow boxer-blogger named Duncan Higgitt who lives in Wales. He has recently resumed blogging. Here's a link to his site.

http://boxingaches2.blogspot.com

Welcome back, Duncan. It's good to see you online again and good to know you're staying with our sport!

It's a shame you're all the way in Wales. I'd be glad to invite you to my gym. It's a great place with lots of great people.

Keep punching, man! I hope your schedule and life commitments will allow you to keep with your training.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Law Students Set to Box in Charity Event

First, we have some lawyer-boxers (such as Marc Saggese and yours truly). Then we have a lawyer-boxer-turned-Aikido-practitioner. Then there's Marc, the first law student-boxer I have met online. Also, Brett Trout is a lawyer-cage fighter, also known as Iowa's Toughest Attorney.

Continuing the fine tradition of legal types as fighters, eight law students at the University of New Brunswick's law school will climb into the ring tomorrow to put on a boxing show to raise funds for the charitable group Lawyers Against Landmines. Pretty cool stuff, eh?

Here's the Web site for the event. If you happen to be in the area, check these guys out. They're hosting the event for a good cause and it looks like it will be a blast. New Brunswick's kind of far from me; otherwise, I'd love to attend.

I expect the law students and their audience will have a great time. (I wonder if they would allow lawyers who have already been admitted/called to the bar to participate.) Several years ago, I was privileged to box in a local fundraiser for the DuPage County Legal Assistance Foundation. It was serious fun and I hope to have the chance to participate in similar events again.

That gives me an idea. Wouldn't be neat if we had an organization for lawyers and law students that could periodically hold events like the Knocking Out Landmines event? We could help some worthy organizations, encourage lawyers and law students to maintain higher levels of fitness, and have fun doing it. What do you think? Post any ideas you have here in the comments, or feel free to e-mail me at steve@lawyerboxer.com.

To the New Brunswick law student-boxers: good luck in your event. I hope it will be a great time, a huge success for the fund-raising campaign, and a memorable and fun event for everyone. Let us know how it goes!

Updated on March 25, 2008 at 5:20 p.m.: Here is another news article about the event.

Updated on March 27, 2008 at 12:12 a.m.: I don't have any post-fight coverage of the event, but here's an additional story about it:

http://law.unb.ca/news/2008/03/knocking_out_landmines.html

Monday Brief Update

Nothing extraordinary going on in the training department here: just some roadwork (40 minutes today), shadowboxing, and mental training. Work has been consuming tons of time again. It's amazing how busy a guy can be doing essentially non-paying (or, as we lawyer like to call it, "non-billable" work). Oh well, just a temporary situation. Stay positive!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

A New Yorker's Look at Gleason's Gym Gets Me Thinking

Jeremiah Moss recounts a visit to Gleason's Gym on his blog. It's not a bad read, as blog entries go, and much of its message resonates with me.

I grew up as an inner-city boy. I was multicultural before that word was used fairly widely in common parlance. I was diverse before diversity was a multi-million-dollar industry. I know the pain of seeing my beloved city (in my case, Chicago) become gentrified and lose its familiar roughness and grittiness.

While I train today at a gym that some might call "upscale," I'm no stranger to the rough-and-tumble world of the storied Windy City Gym and various Chicago Park District boxing gyms. While I am technically, I suppose--can you sense my ambivalence about this?--one of those "white collar" guys about whom Moss seems to have deep misgivings, I'm pretty simple and pretense never did much for me. I'm equally at home throwing down with a kid several years younger than me in a gym in a rough part of town, and boxing against another lawyer in a charitable fund-raising event.

While I could complain a bit about how Mr. Moss painted his picture of Gleason's Gym and its environs, my complaint would not really be about his message or even how he delivers it. My frustration may be the same as his: I lament the loss of many things that give our cities an identity that goes beyond block after block of what Malvina Reynolds famously called "little boxes."

One can't dismiss me as some sort of anti-progress Luddite who naively yearns for "the good old days." I'm a technology kind of guy. My law practice and much of my writing concentrate on Internet and computer law and I have lots of information technology experience. I don't dislike innovation and change; technological progress fuels my livelihood. Still, I don't necessarily think something is better just because it's new. I may be in the minority, but I feel a lot safer in integrated neighborhoods, where all kinds of people from all kinds of backgrounds learn to live together peacefully, than I do in places where everyone looks the same, talks the same, lives in the same kind of house, and drives basically the same kind of cars.

I can't do very much to stop the tide of gentrification and all the phenomena that accompany it. But I don't have to like it and I certainly won't stop asking whether there are other, better ways to improve our cities.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Slow Training this Week

It has been one of those slow weeks of training. I wanted to do more this week, but the demands of work have required me to spend more hours on my law practice. That's fine. While I'm a bit disappointed, I remember that I am learning my livelihood as a lawyer rather than an athlete, and I am able to keep things in perspective. There are also some really good aspects of this week, so I want to share those, too.
  • After almost 14 years, I am still positively thrilled to be in solo practice. It is the right fit for me. From talking with friends of mine over the years, as well as blogging for the JD Bliss Blog, I have learned that I am really blessed to be working on my own and not at one of the "law factories" (or in "big law," as it's often called). Sure, I have made my share of mistakes in solo practice and I've learned better ways to do things, but going solo in 1994 was undoubtedly the very best decision I have made in my career.
  • I have been working with a new client and they have presented me with a fascinating legal issue. Because of professional confidentiality and the attorney-client privilege, I can't go into details here, but the project is perfect for my hyper-analytical mind; my neurons can really crunch on it and savor it. It's taking somewhat longer than I originally expected it would. I appreciate the client's patience and the opportunity to be at the forefront of important legal questions related to doing business on the Internet.
  • I earn part of my living by writing. I update my book quarterly, to keep it current, and doing that helps me keep up to date, too.
  • I earn part of my living by blogging. How cool is that?
Overall, at least in this moment, I am blessed and I am grateful.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Blogging Lawyers Are Still Pretty Rare

Earlier this week, law marketing guru Larry Bodine pointed out that only about 10% of lawyers have blogs. Seeing that figure startled me. I read lots of legal blogs, so I had always been thinking a greater number of my colleagues had joined the blogosphere. Not so, says Larry.

He offers 7 compelling reasons to start a professional blog. I like his reasons and they offer me a reason to continue blogging. Additionally, knowing that, oh, about 90% of about 1 million lawyers in the USA do not currently blog, tells me that there is a large, and still untapped, market for consulting services to develop blawgs. As I said a couple of days ago, I love this Internet!

The Best Laid Plans O' Mice and Men

Hah! Foolish humans. They think they can plan stuff and actually make it happen. Don't they realize that various circumstances can quickly conspire to confound even their best efforts?

That's what happened to me on Thursday. I had planned--and hoped--to attend the free continuing legal education webinar, but a meeting I had ran longer than expected, so I missed the program.

Thanks to Peter Olson's blog, Solo in Chicago, I have found additional information about reasonably priced MCLE programs, such as MentorCLE. Obviously, cost is but one consideration in selecting CLE programs to attend, but since I am a solo lawyer, it's an important factor in my decision. I'd love to fly to New York or Los Angeles and spend two or three days soaking up all the latest developments in my areas of practice but that's not quite as feasible now as it was, say, in 2000. Nevertheless, I'm grateful for the opportunity to participate in the online programs because they really are convenient. On the other hand, the networking opportunities as great as the programs you attend live, but hey, these days we have blogs and MySpace and Facebook and LinkedIn for networking, right? Right?

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Going to a CLE Program this Afternoon...

...in the comfort and convenience of my own home. I love this Internet!

Thanks to colleague, fellow Chicagoan, and fellow home office lawyer, Peter Olson, who mentioned this Web-based CLE program recently on his excellent blog, Solo in Chicago.

This webinar looks to be a really good program. While I don't currently have a trial practice, or any significant litigation practice* for that matter, I find it useful to stay as up to date as I can on trial issues, evidence, and court rules for at least three reasons.

First, you never know when I might get back into it, either as a decision to restructure my practice a bit or to work on a particular case that's especially interesting or where I can put my skills or passion to good use.

Second, while I concentrate my practice and writing primarily on Internet and e-commerce law for small businesses, it is important to stay reasonably connected to the areas of law that may affect my clients. Among other things, I need to be able to anticipate how various information might be used as evidence and counsel clients appropriately.

Third, since this particular CLE course deals with matters of ethics and professionalism, and particularly the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct for lawyers, I believe that one can never study ethics and professional rules too much. The integrity of our profession, our service to our clients and to the public who has placed its trust in us, and our own ability to pursue happy and meaningful lives in the law depend on maintaining solid ethical foundations and buttressing them with continuing education.

I look forward to attending this program this afternoon. It's cold outside, but as I said, I needn't leave my comfortable home office to participate in it. Of course, just after the program ends, I'll need to attend a meeting at Northwestern University Hospital that is not available online, but I digress...

Thanks, Peter, for the heads-up about this!



* Several years ago, about 90% of my law practice was litigation. It was a blast, a rush, and I enjoy being in court and crafting, refining, and presenting legal argument on behalf of clients. However, I also went four years in a row with no vacation.

Freezing Out There

I did roadwork and shadowboxing the last two days and it has been really cold! Yikes. 30 minutes on Tuesday and 16 minutes yesterday. I've been doing it on the street because the pavement is free of ice. The sidewalks are mostly free of ice, but at the end of each block, there is always a patch of ice, often black ice, that threatens to have me looking at the [street] lights, so staying on the pavement is easier and safer.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Some Thoughts About "Charging"

Recently, I was talking with a friend about boxing styles and technique. He commented on the tendency of some shorter boxers to "charge in" on their taller opponents head first, without even bothering to use their jabs or other punches. Since I frequently have to move inside on a taller opponent, here are some of my thoughts about "charging."

I use my jab a lot, all the time. I need to get inside and punch--that is very often a key component of my offense--but I have found that using the jab is the best and safest way to do that. Jab low. Jab high. Fake low and then jab high (nice to add a quick left hook after that one, if possible). Or throw repeated jabs at him while I'm working to cut off the ring.

I know what my friend meant about the shorter guys who charge a taller boxer head first. Some guys can pull it off, but to me charging seems like a recipe for disaster. For one thing, if you just charge in, you give up an opportunity to score with the punches that help you get inside. In amateurs, especially, that can really put you at a disadvantage since those bouts rely so heavily on points scored, and don't give you any extra credit for a hard punch unless you knock the guy out or really clock him hard enough to get the referee to stop the match. For another thing, not using the jab throws away the "built in" defense (as well as distraction) that you have when throwing the jab. You're a much easier target to hit.

That second point can compound yet another problem that happens when you charge: getting off balance. I can't recall seeing any boxer looking well balanced when he was charging his opponent. I have seen lots of instances where the charging boxer ends up in the ropes as his opponent quickly (and rather easily) steps to the side, or where the charger finds himself in a very awkward position at an angle where he can't punch, but can probably be hit pretty well.

Finally, if the other problems aren't enough, the risks of getting clobbered while charging are just too great to make doing it worthwhile. I have spent quite a few rounds in the gym practicing for dealing with chargers when my coaches thought I would be facing one. Charging can definitely be very intimidating when you are first starting out, but if you practice drills against it, charging seems like one of the most beatable approaches out there.

The boxer who is charging is in full view of his opponent; the boxer being charged can see everything the charger is doing and he's probably in a great position to launch his own attack with both hands. Think about it. If you're the taller boxer/puncher and if I try to charge you, when I end up at the edge of your "blasting range" (my friend's term), are you going to just wait for me to finish the charge, in effect saying, "Hey, come on in; it's all yours!"? I don't think so!!!

I think I learned to box pretty much the same way my friend did--placing a lot of emphasis on developing a good jab--so the jab is an essential element of my strategy. In addition to lots of rounds of using the jab on the heavy bag, I can remember countless more rounds of jabbing while stepping forward, jabbing forward and then moving one step back, jabbing while moving laterally to left and right, jabbing while circling, and so on. Heck, I still do those kinds of drills fairly often. I've been blessed to have coaches over the years who always emphasized the importance of the basics. I figure you can never really practice them too much. The basic punches, moves, defenses, and counters are the foundation of the sport.

Even after working on some new, "fancier" technique, I might still have to resort to the basics like a good left jab and hard right cross if I can't pull off the fancy-schmancy stuff for whatever reason. I had one bout against a taller guy who was about my level of skill and a hard hitter. I was ready for him. Man, I had been practicing quick hooks to the ribs and head, uppercuts for being in close, and so on: all the textbook technique. During the first round, I was faking a hook to the head, going for a hook to the body, and so on. The problem was that it wasn't working. The guy had kind of an unusual stance, plus he moved at some strange angles that made him hard to hit. Even worse was the fact that he was hitting me, a lot.

I was really frustrated after the first round. Back in the corner, my coach gave me some of the very best between-rounds help I've ever gotten. He said, "Steve, forget about all that fancy stuff. If you couldn't do it with this guy in the first round, it's not going to happen. Use your double-jab and right hand to get inside and then pound the guy with everything you've got."

I followed his suggestion and it worked great. The irony is that it was the basics, the Boxing 101 stuff, that let me get inside and start working the speedier combinations I had been practicing. The other boxer was a very tough opponent and brought out the best in me. It just so happens that the best was the elementary boxing skills. I love this game! Smile

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Friday Roadwork and Shadowboxing

1 hour today. It's like a swamp out there as the rain falls and the snow melts.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Thursday's Training

It warmed up a bit and I was able to break free from work. I managed to get in 43 minutes of roadwork and shadowboxing. Still, I need the sport-specific training. To the gym, I must go!

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Staying Positive in the Winter

Training has been sporadic for the last week or so. A combination of snow, work, and a lot of sinus congestion and sinus headache has slowed things down a bit. Nevertheless, I am remaining optimistic. I'm doing some mental training (affirmations and visualization) and working to maintain an optimistic attitude. Very soon, I'll be back to training at full speed. I hope you're all doing well!

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Two Midweek Days of Roadwork

Tuesday: 37 minutes
Wednesday: 33 minutes

I took today off. I hope to be back at the gym tomorrow.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Monday's Workout

Here's the recap for my workout on Monday.
  • 37 minutes of roadwork (outside)
  • 2 rounds of shadowboxing
  • 3 rounds on heavy bag
  • 3 rounds on double-end bag
  • 4 rounds of stretching
  • 1 round of sit-ups
That's the report for now. More to follow!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Monday Roadwork and Shadowboxing in the Snow

30 minutes this evening, as the light snow was falling. It was a lot warmer than it was yesterday; today it was about 30 degrees when I was out there. Woohoo! Summer! OK, maybe not yet, but soon!

I am hoping to get into a more regular rhythm with my training. Maybe one day in the gym, alternating with one day of roadwork and shadowboxing. I don't know yet, because I need to fit in weight lifting also. No worries. I'll figure it out.

Sunday Training

Quick roadwork and gym training yesterday. Here's the recap.
  • 15 minutes roadwork (very cold out there!)
  • 3 rounds shadowboxing
  • 3 rounds on the heavy bag
It was a brief workout because I got a late start and wanted to get home to watch the San Diego Chargers vs. New England Patriots and the New York Giants vs. Green Bay Packers.

I'm getting quicker on my repeated jabs (double, triple, quadruple...), and in hooking off my left jab. Now I just need to perfect it in sparring. That will happen, too. I'm enjoying training.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Monday, January 14, 2008

New Year, New Blog Stuff

It's now 2008 and the year is well underway. Things are already hectic, but manageable so far.

Since we're in a new year, I've made some changes to the blog. Here are the highlights of those changes.
  • Changed the blog to a new theme. I like the previous, darker theme, but decided to use something brighter during the winter.
  • Added some new pictures in the right-hand column. One is for humor, the other is from one of my bouts and has a link to more photos of the match.
  • Added a few links.
  • Arranged the links by category. Since this blog is about law, boxing, and blogging, I want to add many links, particularly about law and blogging itself.
I am currently struggling to decide whether to consolidate more material about the law of blogging into this blog. I'm very interested in publishing a blawg about blogging's legal issues, and I have started to do that at Blog Law Guy. I want to have more legal content here, since practicing law, rather than boxing, is how I earn my living. I am also trying to avoid having a lot of blogs on various subjects, because that very quickly becomes a really difficult practice to maintain over a long time.

I haven't resolved this issue yet, so let's just say I'm working on it. For now, dear readers, just sit back and enjoy the blog. :-)

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Last Day of the Year

Ah, New Year's Eve. My training has gotten disrupted by the holidays. Yes, I know that's an excuse, but I am regaining focus. Today, out in the snow, I did 51 minutes of roadwork and shadowboxing. I wasn't trying to be tough by going out in the snow; I just wanted to get some activity in to close out the year. Best wishes to everyone for a great 2008!