Thursday, July 26, 2012

Dog Days of Summer

We in the Northern Hemisphere are now in the dog days of summer, or diēs caniculārēs, for all of you Latin enthusiasts. Interestingly, the term "dog days" is not so directly about our millions of friends whose species is known as Canis lupus familiaris (again, for the Latin fans among my readers), but derive from astronomy. Yes, indeed, from astronomy. You can read about that here.

As for me, since funds are scarce, I haven't been doing my usual gym routine for a while. I am hoping to make that change very soon. In the meantime, I've been doing roadwork, shadowboxing, and some mental training. Here's a brief recap of the roadwork for the last few days. High temperatures have been hovering around 100 degrees here in the City of the Big Shoulders.

July 22:     33 minutes
July 23:     33 minutes
July 24:     23 minutes
July 25:     12 minutes (yes, just a brief one!)

I have also been working on some combinations in shadowboxing. Last, but definitely not least, I have been doing some mental training using the NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) tools of Michael J. Emery. Just like the physical aspect of the sport, my mental game always needs more work, so I am making that a priority in 2012.

More updates will follow soon. Until then, enjoy the picture I've shared below of Saint Roch, the patron  saint of dogs.

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