Day 59 – Inner Ninja
I slept terribly last night. Mostly I was having a repetitive nightmare of Tom Hanks dressed in a 1940s baseball uniform shouting at me “There’s no crying in boxing!” This line from the movie ‘A League of Their Own’ (with a boxing adaptation) has been haunting me all day.
I knew that I would have to face the gym again this evening and had actually expected to be going straight into the ring to teach me a lesson. Like falling off a horse (from my memory of me actually falling off a horse as a child – I wasn’t really interested in getting back on it… EVER). Thankfully, I have grown a bit since then and I knew I had to get back in the game and was preparing myself to just do it.
We did some regular warm up activities to get us started and instead of heading down to spar, we partnered up. I paired up with one of the men on the team (poor Cecilia has hurt her back so we were with uneven numbers for the ladies this evening). Ryan is a really good boxer and has been training at Vanda for years. He was the perfect partner for me this evening – and he didn’t even know how helpful he was. He shouted words of encouragement and things to remember while we worked on the bag “keep your hands up” “weave in and punch” etc etc. But most importantly during spar play he helped me to get over last night’s fear of getting smashed in the face by a guy. I told him after his first few punches at me that I was scared of his punches a bit. He is much bigger, better and stronger than me (like my opponent last night). He then eased up a bit on how hard he was punching and allowed me to practice my weaves and movement more. This helped me more than he probably knows. It got my confidence back in check a bit. I needed that badly. Thank you Ryan!!
My friends and family have also been great at sending me messages and words of encouragement. We always need a boost of positivity at different points in our lives – and I definitely needed my fair dose before training tonight. Thank you, you wonderful people. That was just what the doctor ordered. 🙂
My friend Celeste suggested I find my “Inner Ninja” and to use it as my mantra. I couldn’t agree more. 🙂
Now I’m ready to kick some butt!
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