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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 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 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 86 – Training blog (MT & run)

Morning: 8K at a reasonable pace around the lakes in Copenhagen. Felt good after the first 3 -4K.

Evening: Muay Thai @Butchers Fight Gym. 1½ hour with Kru Toy and the BFG Muay thai team. Training consisted of the usual skipping/ running warm up, followed by a slight change on the pads. We did two rounds: 1 round boxing combo and 1 round box + kick combo – and after that – sparring for 20 min.

I teamed up with Camilla, who is the only other female (in ‘my size’). Even with a difference between our levels, I do enjoy training with her and she got a little stronger since I was in Denmark 18 months ago, and actually pack quite a right kick now.
So it’s a quite nice training when she’s there. The pace and power used on the pads are decent and we take it handy with the sparring.
Liam had a good training for once. He teamed up with a former Danish champion, so for once, he finally had a good strong partner, so he didn’t have to hold back.

I still don’t feel in shape to go toe to toe with the guys. Both times I’ve sparred or clinching with guys here in Copenhagen (BFG and Mikenta), the guys kind of have the ‘life or death’ pace – and I’m just not there yet in my cardio. So can’t really enjoy it – so I politely refused to spare with a guy last night, whom I judged to be ‘beginner’. No need for that – not until I’m in a better place anyway.

If you’ve read my blog from time to time, you’ll know I’ve been haunted by injuries around the wrist and elbows. Last night I got another one for the collection: Ganglion cyst. Plain textbook (most common in women, often in gymnastics or others who put a lot of pressure on the wrist): On top of the wrist, appeared during push ups – not painful.
It also say they usually disappear on their own. Which I hope. It kind of looks like a bone is sticking out of my hand now 😦

 

 

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Do do run run again

Liam’s been at this running program for the past six weeks, and while I’ve some days been looking a little jealous of his runs and his commitment, I’ve been fine by hanging out at home, Sloughing on the internet. And of course I’ve been (and am) supportive of his running and commitment to the program – but I’ve felt fine about my training in my classes and the extra TRX I’m putting in at the moment, to not really bother getting into running myself.
-And I had that nasty experience with my knee getting all f***ed up after a run, a couple of months ago.

This saturday we somehow managed to get to Brucies for Thai boxing. Which was great – I always love a good thaibox training – especially now that my finger is fine. So had a blast, but also felt it was hard to go on the pads. I mean – of course I could do it for 5 or more rounds, if I had to. But it was tough and I felt my heartbeat in my throat.

'We're on a road to nowhere..and we're running!!'

‘We’re on a road to nowhere..and we’re running!!’

On the way home Liam said, he was happy we went thaiboxing after all. And he added, he felt really good about going on the pads, as he felt more in control of his heart rate (stamina) and could pick up or slow down the pace without getting out of breath. He noted, that it might come from all the running he’s been doing.

I thought about it and it makes sense. And I thought to myself, maybe I should try running too – with the program that is. (It’s a heart rate based program that ensures you don’t go 80% on all your runs and thereby burn out faster). So my mind was positive primed when Liam (yesterday) suggested that I join his program – and my goal is to see it this week out – and then decide from there, depending on knees and limbs.
There is 6 weeks left of the program and if all goes well after week 1, I’ll follow through the last 5.

Training update including past week:

Today (Monday): 6miles on 70%
Yesterday (Sunday): 10 miles 70-75%
Saturday: Muay Thai
Friday: Sprints with Liam (4x 800m + 2 miles jog + 1 mile 100s = 5.5 miles)
Thursday: 30 min TRX, 40 min. Circuit, FighterGirl Class
Wednesday: 1.5 hour Abs/’toning’/ Burpees
Tuesday: 20 min TRX, 20min Barbell ‘blast’, 20 min Core, 2 x FighterGirl Classes
Monday: Nothing

 

My diet is back to No Gluten – except I’m having a cheat day on saturday, where wheat & sugar is allowed. Needles to say, I’ve spent Saturday stuffing my head with chocolate stuff and a couple of mini pancakes and some Danish liquorice.
I’ve seem to be quite happy about this arrangement.

 

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Training journal

While I’m putting together ‘Fight Sport – The love of my life’ blog in my mind, I thought I update you a bit on the training side of life – with a broken finger.

For the moment I’m teaching a few handful of classes each week, so I get my basics of body weight excercise down. Extras are in these weeks complementaries, as I can’t box or lift heavy if I want my finger to heal up. And after a couple of months of swollen, somewhat painful finger, I’ve decided to let it get the needed rest and hopefully, it will heal up nicely.
(I can’t wait to go boxing again thou!!!)
Training from the last week or so – in backwards order:

Tuesday:
3x 3 Squats @ 52.5kg
3x 6 Military @ 20kg
3x 6 Hamstring Curls @35kg
20:20:20 Class
2x FighterGirls Club
Monday:
3x 3 Snatch @ 20kg
3x 3 Goodmornings @45kg
3x 3 Squats @50kg
Boxercise class

Sunday:
5K run with Liam – Freaking cold weather, felt like my face was gonna come off the first 10 minutes

Saturday:
Nuthin’ – watching the great Saenchai putting on a clinic in the Neptune Stadium

Friday:
Muay Thai @Brucies Gym. Just worked the bag + Liam holding pads for me (just kicks, elbows and left hand work)

Thursday:
Circuit Class, Kettlebell class & FighterGirls

Wednesday:
3x 3 Squats @50kg
3x 3 Goodmornings @40kg
3x 3 Hamstrings @ 30kg
Classes: Burn & Tone, The FighterGirls Club & Abs Blast

Notes:
Not much running!
Meek squats – Trying to do the smart thing and start-up slowly again. Ending my 4 week program next week, so will be putting together a new one to start later in March. Upping the weights – and hopefully the finger is healed!
Really miss training Muay Thai!! Hoping to join one of the gyms here in Ireland soon!

Ps. Despite of terrible, terrible cold weather (and mostly rain!), I’m really happy these days in Ireland. Liam and I are doing very well and I really like my new job at Mi.Fitness. In fact, I’m sitting here looking forward to go to work later today!!

PPs. Photo-related: I never fell in with my diet. Just had a day when I got the wheat craving. So far, I’ve been very good at avoiding wheat and gluten. (However not sure about the muesli, I had this morning in CIT! We were out of yogurt at home, so had breakfast in college after the class). Can’t see any progress this week from last, which could be due to two things:
1) I eat a sh** load of food
2) Body is at that point, where changes takes longer to appear

Anyway will update on this next week!

one size

 

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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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