Day 23 & 24 – the first punch
Tuesday was a bit of a non-event in terms of training due to another evening school event – the High School Arts Night. The students did a great job and we are looking forward to building the program in the future since this was the first time we had run something of this nature. I am actually really trying to get into the doctor for an appointment to sort out this cold I can’t seem to shake and get myself on some antibiotics, but I have been so busy I haven’t been able to. Excuses, excuses I know. But now, appointment booked for Saturday and I hopefully will be feeling like a new woman in no time! So – Tuesday in a nutshell: Work, rehearsals, drive home to drop car to Kelso, lame 4.5km run, shower, back to school, home, sleep. The excitement you are experiencing whilst reading this is palpable, I know. 🙂
Wednesday was another wacky day for me! Work is absolutely full on nuts at the moment so it was a real juggling day for me. I took the students for their last Muay Thai session at Vanda (I’m sad that the program is finished for this year) and then had back to back meetings at work. It’s hard to go from one mindset directly to the other and still sound coherent as I was leading my team through some serious paperwork during the meeting! Then I drove back to the gym but ran into the WORST traffic imaginable. I left in plenty of time (I actually anticipated that I would be early!) but arrived about 15-20 mins late. That’s the worst experience ever with the squad already in full on practice mode and me scrambling to put my hand wraps on and do a quick and rushed warm up to get caught up. After a very quick “warm up” I jumped into mouthguard, headgear, gloves and practice sparring. Yep – these punches were real. One of the girls is away for work so I was paired up with one of the men from the group. I could easily feel the weight difference behind his punches and it was hard to do my movements right because there was no space to really move, so instead I just practiced getting hit (which is also a necessary experience). First punch to my face brought it all back to me and I wasn’t scared, but for some reason I kept closing my eyes – BAD HABIT! Very bad habit. So – after the session I went downstairs to find my trainer, Rey and told him that during our upcoming Personal Training session on Friday we need to fix that and he needs to start punching me in the face so I get used to it again and keep my eyes open.
He was more than happy to oblige. 🙂