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Day 71 – The first time

Two days ago, I took 4 of my regular and one of my new girls to a ‘real gym’, and let them sparre each other (not the new girl). I’ve been super excited for this event, since we started to plan it, but on the other hand, I was also quite nervous.

I known the girls for a long time now. One of them almost a year. So I know they’re tough and often gives everything they got during training – but how they react, when they tried to hit one another? I had no idea.  Well, I did have an idea – cause we’re all girls. And most girls, unlike guys – perceive sparring with a great amount of caution and respect – and a bit hesitation. Where as guys sees sparring as just another very physical state of competing with each other, and often throws down, without any hesitation. Girls seem to take a small step at the time and offering a lot of apologies the first many times they hit someone.

My girls were great! They jumped in, and even they were holding back, you could tell, that they wanted to try it. Yet – ofcourse feeling a little insecure and new at it – but everyone loved it. No one cried, no one got scared. Of course I had 2 first rounds, with limited action: First round f.ex. only punch with left hand, right hand serve as guard.
So I think, it was a good way to introduce them to contact. A bit more controlled, with a keen focus on protection at the same time.

I still remember my first sparring. I finally was allowed to sparre, but got send in, with an experienced girl, who – as far as I recall, just wanted to kill me. lol. And it was all out. Legs and hands – kicks and punches – everything, with the trainer enthusiastic coaching the other girl. I remember, we ‘ran around a lot’ and finally I hit her hard on the nose, and she started crying. And that was it. No more sparring. The trainer never said anything to me. I switched gym shortly after that!

Own training:
Too many days without blogging 😦
Past three weeks, I’ve 2-3 weight sessions pr. week. (Legs only)
2 Swim sessions pr week (skipped  a week)
2 x FighterGirl classes a week
..And a run today, in the sun!

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Day 72: Why we should hate Ronda or Reality Shows – are what we see real?

I know the producers wants me to feel otherwise, because I’ve read this reaction on every message board I’ve visited, but I just don’t buy into all the Rousey hate, that seems to flush through MMA communities like rings around a drop of water.

And it’s not like I’ve been a Rousey fangirl either. When she met Sarah Kaufmann in Strikeforce, I was actually rooting for Kaufmann. (Maybe because she’s a striker as myself). If you were watching Strikeforce on the Danish Eurosport, you might remember me talking about this fight. On her Strikeforce title fight with Miesha Tate, I remember thinking, she came off as a bitc* and I felt it was a bit unnecessary.

When Rousey got signed as the first female fighter in the UFC, as a woman, I had to take my ‘hat’ off to her. Females in the UFC seemed impossible for so many years, and UFC President Dana White turned the subject down, every time the question got raised. Ronda Rousey made him change his mind, and she became the first signed UFC fighter and since the first female champion in a smoking fashion when she beat challenger Liz Carmouche. (Whom I by the way also rooted for).

So NO! I haven’t really gotten to like Ronda before now. Respected her, her accomplishments in both MMA and her former career as Olympian Judoka yes of course – but I never really liked her. Not until now. Not until now, where the producers of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ show seems to do everything they can, to make us all hate her.

They show her crying, when her fighter lost. They show her getting mad at Tate and saying quite odd things like ‘I saw you smiled at my fighters defeat’, and they show her in Hallmans face, after Hallman and her head coach Edmund Tarverdyan had a small fall out. (A fall out the production team showed as being purely Edmunds accomplishment, but has later been revealed from Jessamyn Dukes blog, to be in fact instigated by Hallmann).

I’m not sure, if it’s just me, who’ve seen too many Ultimate fighter shows and got hyper allergic to the way they cut the material and always make it ‘Good guy/ girl vs Bad Guy/girl’, or if the fact, that they’ve chosen to show Ronda in more emotional situations (picking a fighter back up mentally after a grueling loss (Bazzler vs Pena) or backing up her head coach (approaching Hallman and letting him know, he could take his bullshit elsewhere).

But it seems that I – unlike most MMA fans – have swung the other way after seeing Ronda on The Ultimate Fighter. I like her better now.
I respect her for being in the corner of her fighter, her coach and herself, and I like she’s not all that controlled and icy, as she comes off at fight time. As she said: ‘In the cage, I’m a cold, calculating cunt‘.

So while most of the MMA communities seems to have turned their love and root for Ronda on a dime, I’m guessing there will also be more like myself, who see through the production and come through to the other side.

And to all that asks, why the production team/ UFC would want to harm Rouseys image, by portraying her so bad as they do (eg.: ‘That’s Dana’s favorite’, ‘it can’t be all production’ – which is right. It must have happened, since they can show it right?. Yes – but there can be several scenes leading up to every situation, that they choose not to show!!)
Anyway back to why UFC/ Production team is making Ronda look bad: To sell tickets for the fight against Miesha Tate.
– Tate had no place being on the show, as Cat Zingano put a severely bad beating on her, and won the right to fight Rousey, and coach opposite her.
– She lost the first fight to Ronda very convincingly: Armbar 1st round. Didn’t inflict any damage or posed any real threat to Rousey. Everyone with the smallest knowledge of MMA, wouldn’t put a dime on her in any rematch – let alone pay to see the fight. It wasn’t one of those close call fights, that you wanted to see a rematch on, like Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafson. It was a one-sided fight, that no one actually wants to see – until UFC/ FOX production turns the masses sympathy to Tate, whom they now will follow and root for in the upcoming rematch.

Personally, I can be afraid that this whole ‘Reality show’ can ruin more for Rousey than doing good, and I could be worried, she would lose focus and become emotional come fight time. I hope all her years of experience can help her, remote herself from all this witch-hunt which seems to be going on, and just focus on what’s she’s good at: Fight & win!

 

Ps. On a closing note: I’m pretty sure we had seen a different Rousey presented to us on TUF, had Zingano been able to coach opposite. Then they would have no reason to make Rousey look so bad.

 

The show as it is now:  Rousey vs Tate

The show as it is now:
Rousey vs Tate    

The opponent who should have been there: Cat Zingano

The opponent who should have been there: Cat Zingano

 

 

 

 

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Day 74 – Afraid of the dark

I will get to the 100 days.. eventually!!

I’ve picked up swimming, more specifically, I’m trying to re-learn crawl. Just two weeks in, and things seems to be getting a tiny bit better every time I’m in the water, but I’m kind of facing a different problem now:
I’m afraid of the dark, in the water.
Dark patches of seaweed, murky water etc.

I have no idea how to conquer this. Today I was swimming above long stretches of short, dark green seaweed. It actually looked quite peaceful and pretty, but some where inside me (instinct maybe?), I get this little voice saying hurry up. And I get in to a small panic mode, and all thoughts on swim technique goes out and only moving fast forward becomes important.
It’s really frustrating.

Other than that, it’s a great challenge. Makes me interested and alert, and I love how I can feel small differences every time I jump in the water. (Just not above darkness). I still need a lot correction, both with my shoulders and my breathing, but at least I’m not thinking I’m gonna drown anymore. (Win!)

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Day 75 – To Tri or not to Tri (back Online)

Since we were at the KMD Copenhagen Ironman, Liam caught the Ironman bug, and is now talking Tri races. While I have no doubt, that he would be a perfect Ironman and do the various Tri races with gold and glory – I’m not sure, I would. Simply for that reason, I don’t LOVE running, biking or swimming, as I LOVE Muay Thai.

To do a good triathlon – whether it’s the sprint version, the Olympic, the 70.3 or the full Ironman, you need to train hard and consistent. Especially in the swim department. And while I like swimming, and even look forward to ‘learn’ to crawl again, I don’t know, if I would enjoy to do this every day.
I don’t mind going to the gym every day to lift weights for a time. I don’t mind running every day – for a period or as part as a warm up. But so far in my life with sports, there has been only one thing, I love to do day in, day out: Fight Sport (Muay thai, boxing, kickboxing). It’s that simple! This is what I love! (even with a fuc*** up arm!)

Anyway… I have a feeling our training is going to take a change, and I do think, I’m gonna follow Liam into the pool. Then we see, where we go from there.

Previous days of training:
Yesterday: 1 hour of Abs, Buns and Wheels (Mostly BW), 40 min of Cross training
Monday:
Sunday: 5K
Saturday: 8K
Friday: 5K
Thursday: 1hr Abs, Buns & Wheels, 8K

 

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Day 76 – How do you move

Morning training in Mikenta!

Except for my poor elbow being beat up, morning training was a delight!
Shadow box
Push ups
Shadow box w/ weights
3 round pad work: Elbow, Knees & punch/kick (same side)
Abs and back
+ Ido Portale movements with Pernille. Pernille did Ido Portale’s movement camp in Singapore, and has generously offered to share a bit of all the stuff she learned. Today we tried 6 different ‘crawls’*, which were all super challenging: Working on balance, coordination and mooooovement. Really fun and exciting. Definitely going to continue with these and when I feel secure in them, I’ll try to pass it on.

Poster from Ido Portales movement camp

Poster from Ido Portales movement camp

Training update:
Monday 12K
Tuesday Body toning class in Fresh Fitness Hvidovre + 5K
Wednesday Thaiboxing + Movement (sprints tonight)

6 ‘crawls’ – as best I can describe them:
**2x rolls – one ‘normal’ and one landing on the heels with open legs
*One crawl with only 1 hand/ 1 foot on the floor at the same time. Sounds easy, but you’ll have to think and coordinate to make it work
*Same crawl as above, but with push ups and partner setting the distance. (Partner showing where to set the next hand – when the hand lands, you do a push up. Move leg before hand at the movements).
*Open chest crawl: Yoga position with one foot and opposite hand forward. Other leg far back and other arm straight above head – Open
chest. Lift hind leg, set hand down as far forward as you can, turn sideways on first foot (which are already in the floor) – lift other knee to the chest  and put up other arm straight above head
*Frog crawl: Start in squat position, put your right hand out in front of your left knee, and follow up with your left hand (next to right). Jump to the left, by putting your weight on your arms, and jump with the right leg going in front of your body. Land with your left leg straight and right leg in squat. Lift your hands and get into the squat position again.

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Day 77 – The Iron Prince

Watched part of the Ironman which took place in Copenhagen today. Was blown away by the performance by the top athletes and their accomplishments. It must feel amazing to finish off a 226 Kilometers Swim, Bike and Run race in a decent time (around the 8 hours for top 10 today), even in a grey, rainy Copenhagen (reminds me, we’re going back to Ireland soon). And then to top todays experience off: The Crown Prince of Denmark were among the Ironmen.

It might sound stupid, but somehow he made me proud to be Danish – to be a part of Denmark. The fact that he – the crown prince, who basically could sit back and do nothing for the rest of his life. As long as he travel and represents Denmark, without making any scandals or getting too drunk, he would have the love and respect of the Danish people. But he decided to do the Ironman, a decision that both demanded respect, but also underlined the way, the Danish people know him. He’s a special force navy seal and did the Sirius patruljen – so he is made from something special.
I can only admire, that a man like him, takes the time and the effort to train for the Ironman and complete it. I’m so happy that Liam and I was part of the crowd cheering him and the other Ironmen and women along the route.

What also made my national feeling glow today, is the fact, that Denmark is still a country where the Crown Prince of Denmark can swim, bike and run amongst the masses without being covered in bodyguards.
I don’t believe for a second that Denmark is some sort of fairy tale country or that we are the happiest people on earth! But the fact that the Crown Prince did the Ironman along the other athletes, made me proud of being Danish – or some sort of Danish anyway!
Ps. Yes! I skipped a few days blogging! It’s really hard, when there is nothing to say!

Training blog:
Friday: 3,6K run/jog + 3,6 (1800m/ 1800m) jog/ sprint + 6K night run
Tuesday: Morning class in Mikenta. EXCELLENT!

 

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Day 79 – Joy!

Well – I’m actually a few days late. I know!! (last entry is from Saturday and today is Tuesday). Once again I ran out of internet and didn’t get around to it, until today. So I’m just gonna pick up the puck from where I left it – even I know, I’m probably about 5 days behind at this point! (My appologies, if you’re following the 100days challenge).

Lot’s of joy this morning! First time in 2 weeks, I made it to Mikenta’s morning class. It was really good, with headcoach and owner Brian Tallerik as the captain. Lot’s of padwork, followed by 4 rounds of bagwork. Worked with a very young girl (Anna) and had a good time. I’ve really come to love Brian’s classes, as I always seem to be learning a bit new and get inspired to better myself, and ofcourse, as always in the back of my mind: I’m thinking of what and how to bring it back to my girls in Ireland.

Also joyous: I got more internet pay time!

And last joy but not least: I got a Cross training class tonight in Fresh Fitness
I really look forward to teach a class again and I’m pretty sure, it’ll be a good class. Have planned 3 rounds with various exercises of different difficulties and challenges. But!! The best plans can easily change when it comes to classes; more people need more stations – less people might benefit from following each other. We’ll see!

Liam and I after sprints at Østerbro Stadium (Never seen so many fit people at a track before! Ireland - you're lacking behind!!!)

Liam and I after sprints at Østerbro Stadium (Never seen so many fit people at a track before! Ireland – you’re lacking behind!!!)

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Day 80 – Bad training/ Bad experience

There is usually not such a thing as bad training in my vocabulary. And I don’t recall ever walking out on one in all my years as active: From handball playing kid to Taekwondo, kickbox etc. But today I lost my cool and left the scene, before the fun even began.

Once again we were in Butchers Fight Gym- today for a sparring session. I’d actually looked forward for this, cause I have an interview coming up later, and I thought starting the day with a good training, would be just the right thing. Training muay thai and/ or sparring usually lift my spirit like nothing else, and it’s the biggest love of my life.

Under other circumstances it might have been the best decision ever – going for this morning class or in another gym like Mikenta or Siam it surely would have been fine. Unfortunately for me BFG is full of beginners and once again, I get paired up with a big guy, who had no control over his body. He just went beserk on me. I tried to answer back, but he was too big and too powerful – and I would probably have left with a black eye and loose teeth, had I stayed. Normally I would have biting my teeth and just get it over with, but I just had enough today – I threw down my gloves and left the gym. For the first time ever!!

I’m sick and tired of function as a freaking punching bag for guys who are +20kg bigger than me. Who have no control and no experience and are basically just out to kill you. And this is not the first time, this has happened to me in that gym. Not the same guy – but same story.
Some in-experienced guy who thinks he’s Bruce Lee, who have no control over his power or his limbs.

Sure enough he comes out afterwards with some lame comment, that he only went 30-40%, which made me even angrier, cause it was so clear he didn’t take any responsibilty and just trying to pretend it was me being to ‘fragile’ or too ‘female’. I watched him sparre with two other guys and the exact same thing happend: He went all crazy on them, so they had to retaliate. At least he got some huge blows from someone – but f*** it. Karma or no Karma – He just ruined my whole saturday!

I’m really fed up sparring with these guys!

 

 

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Day 82 – Do you train when you’re injured?

A simple question – do you train, when you’re injured?

Depending on the injury and the sport – it’s sometimes possible to go training with minor injuries. For my sport – thaiboxing, I’ve occasionally come to the gym, and not been able to train 100%. In those cases, I’ve always told the instructor, and when I had my first wrist problems, I just went on the bag instead of partnering up. (Holding pads for someone else was in most cases impossible if my wrist was to get better).

I don’t think, I ever encountered any problems coming to class on those occasions. Getting small injuries is a part of the game when you’re training hard and often – and for me, the answer have often been to keep training, but smarter and lighter. That way I’ve been able to keep my fitness, polish technique and same time nurture my injury.

This would not be suitable for all injuries or all sports – but for me this has worked in the past. My reason for this blog however, was a situation that occurred in the gym last night (where I was supposed to write this blog). My trainer got fed up with a guy, who constantly come to training with injuries, and always go: ‘I can’t do this and that’. I think they had a few exchanges of words, which I didn’t hear. But suddenly, I hear my kru basically asking the guy not to come back unless he could do the full class. As he (my kru) thinks, its unfair for the injured guys partner, that he would skip f.ex. holding pads or doing other work.

 

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Day 84 – The male beauty

This afternoon we visited Christiania for a short time, and I actually saw my first ever ‘Synthol’ guy. I also saw a guy in a small sequined dress, but that’s a common affair. Synthol injections in the muscles – I actually thought guys were too smart for stuff like that, at least since Gregg Valentino appeared in ‘The man who’s arms exploded’.
At least I didn’t expect to ever see a pair of synthol arms in nice, quiet, educated Copenhagen. But there they were – coming towards me. Sitting on the shoulders of an angry-looking man. The kind with neck tattoos and a look that tells you, if you look at him a half a minute too long, you won’t be looking at anything but dirt for the next 15 minutes – while getting beat to shit. (However – there is that question on whether he would be able to use his synthol arms or not!!)

I was very surprised to see him, but then I came home and saw this (see photo below) posted on Facebook, and I realized that men are under a lot of pressure from the media – the fashion – the rich and famous to look their best. Just as women have been for decades.
To be honest from all my years of training stuff, I guess, I’ve been used to being around fit guys, and I never really thought about how some men must struggle to live up to todays beauty ideal of the male body. At most I’ve heard guys complaining about weight loss when they were getting ready for fights – but never actually heard anyone talk about the hard work on putting on muscles. (except for the guys already lifting tons, who are suffering from bigorexia ( muscle dysmorphia)).

Now, I don’t think the synthol guy injected his arms just to look sexy for us (the opposite sex). I think he just as much, wanted to look big and strong to scare – or demand respect from his peers. And in a way, I guess it’s the home (male) version of silicone and botox – just for men.
The beauty of men have changed as well as for women – and even it’s nice too look at abs and big strong legs, I’m not sure our ideals of beauty is for the better. Too much emphasis on the outside and not enough caring on what goes on inside.

The male equivelant of the wonder bra

The male equivelant of the wonder bra

Days training: 8K
We’ve visited my parents this weekend, so instead of the lakes in Cph, we went for a run in the nearby forest. We had pretty good run – at least I think so. Pace was doable and half way in, we increased a bit, but I could still toggle along.
-As a fun surprise we caught a glimpse of the ‘Post Danmark rundt’ bicycle race, on the way back. It was a last-minute excuse to add a little extra to our run, that made it possible for us to cheer for a few seconds, while the riders stormed by. Hereafter it was back on the road for the last app. 1k back.

On the last 100m, I signaled to Liam to sprint back.. and he just took off. Usually I feel I can keep a distance to him, but today he just kept pulling away. Absolutely blown away!

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