Sport, Teaching, training

Don’t feel like sayin’ much!

Yet, I was thinking, I needed to write a few words. It’s not all gonna be bad, but some is.

First the good stuff. A really cool girl in one of my classes gave me a Christmas present yesterday. It was the last class in Mayfield, and I’m proud to say, Catriona (the class before me) and me pulled the highest numbers for the end of Tuesday classes before Christmas. Back to the gift, it came from Maria, who is also a staff at Mayfield. She’s taken the FighterGirl Boxercise approach to heart, and have been to all the classes she could do, since we started. I feel really blessed, that she liked the classes so much, as she thought of a Christmas present. It touches the heart!

For the bad stuff: I’ve been down and out since last monday, when I hurt my finger. It’s still not good and all my lifting and boxing is bye bye for now. Finger not swollen like a little fat, overcooked irish sausage anymore. (If any of my readers are Irish, and cooked a Clonakilty sausage in the oven – or on pan, and forgot to poke it, you know what I’m talking about). However it’s blue-ish some places and hurt by a slight touch on the top. Chances on I fractured the bone is – let’s just say it as it is: Pretty high!

Result: No training for more than a week. Just being depressed and did my classes. Went for the first run in 2 weeks today. Still not happy, but a run is a run.r

So after my freakin’ elbow incident, wrist injury – now I also got a stupid finger!! While this year in Ireland been great for weightlifting competitions, races and developement of my trainer persona, it’s been shi*!!! for injuries!!

However, I’m not going out on a bad note. Tomorrow is the last day of The FighterGirls Club before Christmas, and I’m looking so much forward for this. I got some small Christmassy stuff and a few surprises up my sleeve. I hope the girls will like the plan and have fun with it. I guess, I’ll be reporting back to the blog afterwards 🙂

Last: I re-discovered a cool little video clip with Saenchai and me. It’s a 1 minute session with the sports best P4p fighter, where I’m getting schooled! Makes me hope I see him again this March (hopefully with Kru Toy).

 

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muay thai, Sport, Teaching, training

Fighting talk – proud to fight like a girl

This past week one of the two big free weekly newspapers in Cork, wrote a little article about ‘The FighterGirls Club’ (Article can be found here: Fighting Talk ). Despite the journalist didn’t use the photo of the girls and didn’t mention some of what we talked about (No contact fighter drills f.ex.), I’m really happy about the article. Not because it might help attract new women to the club, but mostly because she put in a few things, that I really believe in:

1) Fighting like a girl is nothing to be shamed of: Girls are tough and strong!

2) Being fit/ training has nothing to do with being a size zero

3) Martial Arts is awesome! (and a great way to get fit, stay fit and develop yourself physically, mentally and spiritually

I hope the words of the article reach girls, teens and women of all ages and sizes, and I hope that despite the medias constant focus on commercialized beauty and skinny models – that the words of the article will hit home: Training is about feeling good in your skin (in and out of your clothes), training is getting to know your body again and find that you are capable!

And of course – get more females into the world which have given me so much: Fight Sport! (Now I could say Muay Thai! But the truth is I love all the fight sports I’ve been involved in – from Taekwondo to MMA. Muay Thai just happens to have the biggest piece of my fightergirl heart)

Me posing with a knee for the photo

Me posing with a knee for the photo

Training update since last blog:

Thursday: 6.5K 70% run + 3 classes (CIT, The FighterGirls Club & Mayfield). Also got a little weight session in:
10x 20kg Squat
2x 5x 30kg Squat
2x 5x 40kg squat

2x 5x 20kg Goodmornings
2x 5x 30kg Goodmornings
5x 40kg Goodmornings

2x 5 Pull ups (strict – NO kipping)
-Note: I’m taking it slowly on the squats as it’s been probably more than 6-8 months since I’ve done any serious weights. I’m not looking to get back into Powerlifting, just preparing for thaiboxing. Wrist and elbow slowly getting better – hopefully in a week or two it’s all good!

Friday: 5.7K 70% run
Saturday: Rest day
Sunday: 5.7K 70% run
 
 

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Sport, training

Hill sprints – easier on a Wednesday

Finally got the dreaded sprints down today, on my way to Mayfield (apparently only 7.5K from my house). The big hill was 186m, but had smaller, steeper tableaux where I could sprint. Almost reached my max pulse today. Not a bad day for running!

Wednesday – 7.5K + a little core with Hilary in the end of her session. (She did great work and is much stronger than so! She has already got the technique down for squats and goodmornings! So proud!!)

Tuesday – 6.5K + 2 classes (FighterGirls Club + Mayfield)

Monday – About 1 mile sprints in Heathrow airport, complete with handlugage, danish butter cookies and huge Canada Goose. Huge Thank you to the about 30 other passengers who let me skip in line in Heathrow. Without you, I would have missed my flight. SAS was delayed from Copenhagen, which almost cost me the connecting flight to Cork, Ireland. The gate was closed when I arrived, but I got the flight! If you ever let someone pass you in the que, let me say on behalf of all of us: THANK YOU!!

Sunday – (Nothing) Copenhagen bound and seeing mum, dad and my dog! (te-birkes, falafel, mums duck and Christmas desert!)

Saturday – (Nothing)  Copenhagen bound. Went bananas in ‘All you can eat’ sushi, thai & chinese with two great friends (whom I miss daily over here)

Friday – Just landed in Copenhagen and went straight to my ‘old’ work place Fitness.dk Royal. 40 min. boxing with my old boss from Ekstra Bladet + 1 hour on the treadmill

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Sport, Teaching, training

Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful

This one is easy! I just ‘shot’ my girls last night and I’m both proud and thankful.
Physical training – especially for women – can be much more than just getting in shape: Growing confidence, better self-esteem, empowerment. So not only getting in physical shape – also mentally training helps you.

I’m thankful for all these ladies coming to my classes week after week, spending time and energy with me and each other – and I’m sure every one of them are thankful for the classes, their partners and their newfound sense of ability!

Thank you girls!

The FighterGirls in my RB class (a few of the regular missing, but you know, who you are 🙂

From TFGC afiliation class at Mayfield 🙂

 

 

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Sport, training

Heart rate monitor training part II

Today I ran yet another 70% run, or I tried to. I felt most of the time, I could just have walked at a brisk pace. It was really not that enjoyable, I had to slow down every time I felt comfortable. And I’m really talking of slowing down. Almost to a ridicules pace where power walkers would have over-taken me. All because my heart rate was 10-15 bpm up from the 70% pace. So today was a bit of a struggle – even without traffic lights, hills and road crossings – things that normally spike my heart rate when running here.

But it was still a good 35min trip around the track, had sunshine half the time and could feel the warm sun beams on my back. Lovely and enjoyable to run outside and being kissed by the wind and the sun.

Training journal from past week:

Monday: Olympic weightlift training. Lot’s of broomstick action and a bit of C&J with the bar.
Tuesday: Boxercise class at Mayfield. Really cool class and we get to kick, since they have decent equipment! Lovely!
Wednesday: Olympic weightlifting. Less broomstick action than monday, and I could snatch with the bar!
App.: 5x 5 C&J @20kg bar, 3x 5 snatch @20kg bar.
Thursday: 5K at 70%, 2x Boxercise classes: CIT and Mayfield

Another week in Ireland almost done… wonder what the next brings!

Liams toy – I get to play with it sometimes 😉

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