Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Reminded today just how in love I am...

As I write this, I've moved my lap top to my lap so that I don't have to lift my arms... Yes, I'm that sore...oh dear, what am I going to be like tomorrow?

My oh my how quickly the mind forgets the pain, you somehow choose to remember only the good, to protect you, I think - either that or to force you to believe you're actually going insane!

Today was my first day back to boxing in a few months and boy did it kick my ass...like seriously! After work I headed down to the lake* and went for a 2.25 mile run, followed up by a quick stop by the house, then off to the boxing gym.

* Austin is so cool. I work in the heart of downtown and literally 1 mile away is an awesome running trail by the lake. With 3, 4, and 8 (I think) mile trails. I tend to not follow the trail completely, so I don't know exactly how long they are.

At the boxing gym I was greeted by the owner and world champ boxer, Richard, and my favorite instructor, Joe. This gym is so great. Small and 100% focused on boxing. From the exterior it looks like a large trailer and on the inside it smells like my car smelled years ago when I picked my little brother up from hockey practice and he left his hockey bag in my trunk over the weekend while it sat in the 115 degree Arizona summer heat... From the moment you walk in you can hear the sound of competition boxers sparing, speed bags going crazy, the swoop-swoop-swoop of the jump ropes, and definitely notice the lack of a/c in the Austin summer. Ah yes, this is what I've missed! I stepped inside and am greeted with more familiar faces and smiles.

I wrapped my hands with my awesome yet stinky yellow wraps (I really should buy another pair, I just love them, they're worn in, and I don't want to get rid of them) and hit the speed bag. Yes, I still suck at the speed bag. Rocky made it look so easy while he was training for the big fight while Eye of the Tiger played in the background of Rocky III. After I felt I got in a pretty good groove with the speed bag, I switched to the large bag and gave it my freaking all! Throwing my ones and twos while tucking in a hook and my personal favorite, a nasty uppercut!

It felt like eternity, but it was only 30 minutes, it was ABS TIME!!..yeah! Right??? Wrong!!! I'm sure we've all experience the abs/core work out that's so damn intense you feel like you're going to puke...well this was that type of abs/core work out...for 3o minutes straight! And I was right next to the instructor, so I couldn't slack. It started with 3 minutes of plank, then 2 minutes, then 1 minute, then 30 seconds, and went down hill from there. I gotta say though, I'm going to get to my goal weight and have abs of steel in no time!

Conclusion: I kicked my own ass today but loved it! I was completely drenched in sweat and didn't care. I was reminded today just how much in love with boxing I really am!

Well guys, I think I need to get some rest, hopefully I'll be able to lift my arms tomorrow!


  1. Sounds like you had a great meeting with an old friend!! Your description of the gym alone made me know that you absolutely LOVE boxing! Good for you!!! It is very neat to be able to do the things you so love!! Keep up the great work, I'd like to know about that ab/core workout!! I really hope you can move your arms tomorrow!!!

  2. Sounds like fun! I've never tried boxing, but it sounds like a great way to get rid of some agression after a bad day!

    I'd like to learn about that ab/core workout, too - maybe you can post that in a separate post!

  3. Congrats on a great workout! I hate being sore but love what that soreness means!

  4. Don't you love it when you find something that you love AND it totally kicks your butt?

    I'm that was with cycling. You push really hard to get to the summit and love every second of it. Then you realize you're dripping in sweat and shaking. NICE!!

  5. I just found your blog! I'm from Waco so Austin's just down the road for me. After my first half in San Antonio in November I'd like to find a run in Austin. Maybe after the first of the year. Do you like 1 better than any other? Waco's flat & Austin's so hilly and pretty I would really have to mix up my training. But I love having something to look forward to!


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