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.