Thursday, January 29, 2009

Mid-week Training Update

Sunday, January 24

1 hour of roadwork

Monday, January 25

45 minutes of roadwork

Tuesday, January 27

A good gym workout. Here's the report.
  • 53 minutes roadwork
  • 5 rounds on the heavy bag
  • 4 rounds on the uppercut bag
  • 4 rounds on the speed bag
  • 3 rounds on the double-end bag
  • 4 rounds of shadowboxing
  • 5 rounds of stretching
It was a good workout: 25 rounds plus the roadwork. I kept the pace strong, too. I talked with Ray, my gym's head boxing coach, and hope to be working again with him soon. He also said he can arrange more sparring for me. That's great because more sparring practice is what I really need to improve at this point.

Wednesday, January 28

45 minutes of roadwork

Thursday, January 29

40 minutes of roadwork

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Good Interview with Rich Franklin

No, this isn't morphing into an MMA blog. I'm just posting about MMA because I am finding some interesting stuff about the sport.

Here's a good interview with the UFC's Rich Franklin. Franklin is an interesting guy. Before he dedicated his career to full-time pro fighting, he was a high school math teacher.

That career change has gotten me thinking. A couple of years ago, a local friend changed jobs, going from being a patent lawyer to being a high school math teacher. I wonder if my buddy will become a cage fighter next?

Minimal Training Today

As it turns out, I did very little training today. I managed to squeeze in 15 minutes of roadwork. It was cold out there--about five degrees below zero. Even so, it was the time pressures of a hectic work day, rather than the cold air, that limited the amount of time I had. This evening, I did some shadowboxing at home. I don't have a great deal of space, but the shadowboxing was more to be able to say I had done something.

Gary Wimsett's Interview with L. Jon Wertheim

At SportsAgentBlog, my friend and fellow lawyer, Gary Wimsett, Jr., has published a great interview with L. Jon Wertheim.  Wertheim is the author of Blood in the Cage: Mixed Martial Arts, Pat Miletich, and the Furious Rise of the UFC.  I enjoyed reading the interview and now I'm eager to read the book.  In my spare time, of course.

Again, while I don't focus on MMA here, I am definitely interested in the sport.  I also intend to learn some of the basics of ground fighting and grappling.  That will help me improve my overall skills as a fighter and allow me to do some cross-training.

Good job, Gary.  I look forward to reading Mr. Wertheim's book and to more of your writing on SportsAgentBlog.  I hope your training is going well.  If you can fight as well as you write, I feel sorry for your opponents!

Freezing in Chicago

Roadwork yesterday was 35 minutes in some serious cold. I had an appointment that ran too long this morning and have a meeting this evening, so I won't get to the gym today. If I can squeeze it in, I'll get some roadwork in this icy weather. If not, I'll get back to gym training tomorrow morning. The evening is already reserved for a few buddies coming over to watch hockey and have a beer or two.

It's cold outside, but invigorating. The key, I think, is to keep moving. Once I get a warm hat that covers more of my handsome mug, I'll be riding my bike along the lakefront trail again, assuming, of course, that there isn't a lot of ice. I don't mind an intense ride in the cold, but sliding on ice that's often invisible--and possibly falling down hard after sliding--or becoming a human popsicle (aka frostbite sufferer) don't appeal to me. I thoroughly enjoy a good, tough challenge, but I'm not that desperate for fun!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Hey You...Wanna Follow this Blog?

Now you can.  I've set up the "Followers" gadget so you, too, can follow this site through Blogger. It's easy to do.

In the right-hand column of this blog, scroll down the page until you come to the area preceded by the "Followers" heading.  It's between the section marked "Subscribe to Lawyer-boxer's Blog" and the picture of the boxer yakking on his cell phone and his annoyed-looking opponent.

Click on the text that says "Follow this blog" and follow the instructions.

You'll need a Blogger account to follow my blog; if you don't already have one, the instructions will tell you how to set one up.

That's it: so easy, even yours truly can do it.  Thanks in advance.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

Have just been doing some roadwork out in the snow.   Had hoped to take a break from work today and go for a bike ride, but it was too difficult to get away.  Here's the recap for Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday, January 10:  34 minutes
Sunday, January 11:  37 minutes

Friday, January 09, 2009

Back from the Holidays

Happy new year 2009, everyone.  I'm back and regular blogging resumes now.  I didn't "go" anywhere, but with the holidays, two syncopated work weeks, some unpleasant family issues (I'll leave out the details), and I didn't get to blog.  I have kept up training, so more info about that will be here soon.  Thanks for visiting.