Sport, training

Bank Holiday update

Not much… thoughts pre-occupied with the launch of The FighterGirls Club tomorrow, so mind and body not that much in sync. I guess when it comes to the body, nothing causes more trouble than stress. It affects diet, training, sleep – if I was trying to drop weight for a fight or for a bikini body, I would go nuts at this point. Luckyli I’m not.

Anyway re-cap from the Bank Holiday weekend:

Friday: Nothing

Saturday:
15  min skipping, 3000m C2, level 10

Sunday:
Clean pulls x 5 @20kg
Circuit x 5
100 Skipping
10 ATG Squats BW
10 Burpees
10 Push ups

Followed by:
5 OH Squats w/ 20kg plate
2x 20 Back extension
2x 20 Hamstring raises
2x 20 x 15kg Lunges

Weak finisher of pull / chin ups
4-3-4

Monday:
8K in the hills. No 70% run possible. The hills screw everything up and in the end, I got worried, that Liam forgot to look after my clothes drying on the AGA, so hurried the last 2.5K.

Tomorrow is my first FighterGirls Club event.
So nervous, anxious and excited!

 

The FighterGirls Club poster

 

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Ode to Katie Taylor

 

Sitting in Debarras for the third time, just to watch Katie Taylor’s beautiful ballet in the ring. Apart from being one of the most complete female amateur boxers, Taylor is probably also Ireland’s surest bet of a gold medal at this Olympic.

Having ties to (now) three countries, I’m pretty blessed with plenty of opportunity to cherish, celebrate and brag about ‘my countries’ gold meldals: South Korea is currently in fourth place overall, and little Denmark has two golds so far! But, I can easily say, that Katie Taylors gold will warm my heart more than either Danish or Korean.

Queen of boxing – not just postergirl for Irish boxing, but for fightergirls all over the world!

First of because it’s a huge step for female fighters (of all disciplines) to have female boxing represented at the Olympics, and I’m sure her style, her performance and no least her confidence as a fighter will rub of on all female fighters out there. She’s definitely showing the world, that female fighters can and will compete as stylistic and fiercely as men.
Secondly I am currently living in Ireland, so it makes sense to being swept away with the nations love for Taylor – thirdly but no least: Asians have always been good at the whole Olympic medal thing – as with anything else – and Denmarks golds in 2 man rowing and indoor cycling: It’s good!! – Ofcourse it is, but come on! Boxing (fighting) is something completely different! And you can’t compare a medal won in the ring, to any other. Training is hard no matter for what sport, granted. But competing in a sport where loosing equals getting your as* kicked, is a different matter, getting beat in a boat or on a football field. (I guess I am a little biased here, I admit!)

 

My training week:
Monday: 7K
Tueday: Kettlebells and Core
Wednesday: Thaibox
Thursday: Watching Taylor and going for a run

A small selection of my drills for your inspiration and curiosity:
Amazon Get Ups (AGU)
Windmills
Squat to Oh Press
One legged BoR
Russians
Push Ups to Sideplank
Pull Ups
Thaibox (Knees of sets of 100)
Reach Ups
Supermans
Chinnies
½TGU (Double hand)
Burpees to press up

 

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Just to say I’m still alive – and kickin’

 

Days in the country side has it moments, as the other morning, when we spotted seals of the coast. (We also have dolphins, seagulls and whale-sharks coming by). But for OLympic moments, Blog Updates and the ever so often ‘googling for some answers’ – it’s not a good place to be. Hence my short, short updates and greetings on the blog.

Since my last update – I got a little training down:

Wednesday: 8K in the hills
Thursday: Ocean kayak
Friday: 12K in the hills
Saturday: Thaiboxing at Brucies
Sunday: Visited Mizen Head
Monday: Kettlebell class at Womens Fitness (80% of the time with my new 16kg friend)
Boxercise + PT sessions
-Super classes, thou the Kettlebell was a bit tooo full! 20 Ladies rocking it!

Tuesday: Taekwondo speed work tonight!

In the spirit of the OLympics, tonight will feature speedwork of the legendary kicks of the Taekwondo world

 

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Old plans and new plans

One of the things, I really enjoy about living in Ireland is the amount and variety of training I’m getting down. It’s also – on the other hand, one of the things, that cause my muay thai to tread water.
Since I’m no longer able to jump on my bike and get to training on my own (gym being about 40k away), and the amount of sparring partners are zero, I’m not getting nearly as many hours with gloves on, as I would like to.

On the other hand, I’m re-acquainting myself with Ross 50 days challenge and getting a lot of Kettlebell, Running, Powerlifting and a little Olympic Lifting in on my training schedule.

On the Ross, I’m on day 18th: GPP 4
* 100 Rope turns
*10 burpees
* 10 push ups
* 10 squats
-10 circuits as fast as possible –
My time was 15 minutes for 8 rounds. I forgot to time it from the start, and am still not sure if I did two or three rounds before I looked at the watch. Lost a bit of time on the skipping, got my toes smashed by the wire rope a couple of times (about 2 or 3 times pr set)and had to stop and curse a few times, before continuing.

Yesterday boasted of a vicious circuit with Liam and two of his fitness crazed friends in the morning and thaiboxing in the evening. Oh, and Muay thai at Brucies was cool, and there was another female! Yay!
Today Liam and I did the 8K in the rainy hills, followed by a short core session. I feel almost entitled to eat all my liquorice from Denmark.

On work department it seems like I get the chance to meet one of my big heroes, will keep you posted. But for me – it’s way up there with meeting Fedor Emelianenko, Georges St. Pierre and Saengchai (former Sor Kingstar) Kotmuay Saenchai MuaythaiGym.

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Backlogging – GPP II and a Thursday on the country side

Back on the country side, where the farmer just sprayed his field (for the joy of the runner). We left the Cork this morning, so no more fights to watch (Glad I did saw the Golden Series and K-1 Rising fights earlier this week) or online puzzles. Four days away from modern civilization – Well, there is this one spot in the garden where the phone works, and one of the local bars with internet connection. (Where I will be posting this from).

But even on the country side, it’s still time for Ross and apparently, a run in the hills.

Thursday log:
8K in the hills of Clonakilty. (Map said about 280 feet incline). First half was really hard and even it’s quite windy, it’s hard to ignore the smell of manure. Last half of the run was a breeze.

GPP II
* 30 sec Burpees
* 30 sec Jumping Jacks
* 30 sec Split Jumps
* 30 sec Burpees
* 30 sec Jumping Jacks
* 30 sec Mountain Climbers
– 5 sets / 30 sec break –

Followed by a modified Core IV:
* 20 Russians (10kg plate)
* 10 High rep crunches
* 12 Back extensions
* 12 Back Leg extensions
* 30 High rep chinnies
– 3 sets –

Almost hated every second of the GPP II. Burpees was for some reason the easiest part. Jumping jacks hurt my feet, Split jumps hurt my thigh (when I performed them correctly! When done incorrect, too high, I didn’t feel a thing. Which leads me to: Remember to emphasize in my classes that the knee is to point to the floor), and Mountain Climbers where.. well, actually not that bad. But total evaluation of GPP II: Burning calves and thighs. Burning as in ‘being rubbed in thai oil in 40 degrees hot thailand’. Yes, I tried that. It’s HOT beyond imagination!

Core IV was as all Core WO’s: Manageable. Not a walk in the park, but definitely possible to reason with.

Me after GPP II

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It’s bloody november again?? (1st of may)

I’m on the verge of getting a slight depression. Going from one minor injury to another, with a constant dripping nose and the outside looks and feels like bloody november again.
Some days, I truly feel like Ireland don’t like me… at all!!

Due to a constant feeling of almost getting sick (flu), being cold and miserable and having first knee problem, now elbow – my training rate has dropped dramatically and so have the enthusiasm.
But I’ve decided it might be time for me to ‘supp’ it up, so I’ve ordered Glucosamine to make my joints happier and I’m gonna shop for multivitamins, so I can battle this stupid ‘almost flu’.
The weather – I guess, I can’t do much about it, unless I’m going travelling (which I might, if november continues).

So training update from the past 4 days or so:
Saturday:  8K run in the hills of Clonakilty (Cold but lovely run. I can run up the hill now, without stopping so am improving a bit)

Sunday: Nothing 

Monday: Nothing just for me, but a 45 min. KB class with the awesome girls and ladies in Womens Fitness. Swings (alternations), Squats, Lunges, Presses, C&J, Snatch, Amazone Get Ups, ½ TGU, Halos, 8 figures, BoR, Tricep Ext etc.
Also a 45 min. Boxercise class with my super, duber boxercise ladies! Did the last routine with them, so got lots of squats and situps in.
+ diverse  drills from PT’s.

Tuesday (today!): Boxercise class with CIT this morning
5.5K alternating in speed and incline
Squats
Hamstrings
Push Ups
Strecthing
Boxercise and ‘Fightergirl’ classes at K2C tonight!

And a hopefully more optimistic Tania tomorrow…

 

 

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