Day 15 – Frenemies
I have to admit I wasn’t feeling this White Collar session. I was tired and feeling the effects of rainy, grey days in Singapore, the Monday blues and not feeling 100% from this cold I have. Using my best descriptive words I was feeling “blah”. When I arrived at training this evening (Monday), I could tell that there were others who felt the same. People were fairly quiet and perhaps when you know what is coming at you with burpees, pushups and sit ups – it was a bit more difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel. However, I was happy to see that there weren’t the usual overwhelming and excruciating exercises to do (the ones where you feel like your arms are going to fall off) before putting on our gloves. The session seemed to speed by once we started punching and it felt good to practice our movements and punches together. I definitely felt more human and less zombie-like when I was working on my technique. I needed that!
However, a post that one of the boxers (Libby) made on her own blog a little while ago, popped into my head as we paired up to work on our jab techniques. I am boxing with the “FRENEMY” (insert suspense music dah,dah,dahhhhhhh!) For those who aren’t familiar with that term, it means an friend who also happens to be your enemy. As Jemma and I worked together, I wanted to encourage her to keep going and help her any way I could, but she is also potentially my opponent in the ring in 3 months time. What’s a boxer to do? I really like everyone on the squad so it is hard to think of them in any other way. I really hope that she trips me on purpose, or bad mouths me, or does something horrific to me just a couple of days before the fight so I can get all wound up and angry at her (and then we can apologize, hug and become friends again after the fight) awwwww!
I really thought it would be easier this time knowing that I definitely don’t know my opponent, rather than having to duke it out with a friend. But the feeling is very similar again – you want everyone to do their best and have a great fight! At least Sue “Nami” Tummon will be in the audience to cheer me on this time instead of punching me in the head – for that I am thankful!
I guess I will have to keep my friends close, and my frenemies closer for the next little while. 🙂