söndag 26 januari 2014

Foot, leg and head!

I've had to start training karate with my budo shoes again. My arthritis is acting up and is making very difficult to walk around as the lump sometimes hit the nearby nerve endings. That is creating agonizing pain shoot straight through my foot and making me scream out some very nasty profanities. And on top of that I'm walking weird again, which is making the leg pains I had a year ago come back slowly.

The gel I used to put on the arthritis is no longer working, so now I've gotten some pills from my doctor. I'm very sceptical to this, as it still won't solve the core issue. But I'll give it a shot!

So far this week I have gone to the dojo once, and today I will go to the gym when it opens at 4 o'clock. I would say karate training this week was sort of a disaster. I had switched work days from Tuesday to Thursday, so my plan was to go to the dojo on Tuesday instead of Thursday. But I was so tired after not being able to sleep and a not so pleasant dentist visit, that I decided to stay home and recuperate.

On Thursday I was convinced by a friend to go to the dojo, even though I would have much rather spent the night on the sofa. I was thinking to take it easy at training, and not push myself too much. Well, that failed and I felt myself get more and more tired in the head. When there was 20 minutes left of training I took a "wrong" step and I had shooting pains in my foot. It made up a good excuse to sit down for a bit until end of class.

Afterwards I was wiped out, and I came to the conclusion that I'm not ready to go train on the same day I have to work.

tisdag 14 januari 2014

Starting up

Today was the first karate training of 2014. It was a 2 hour session with Maren sensei. I didn't think I would last for the whole session, but it was actually easier to keep up than I thought it would. I still feel a bit wobbly in my techniques, and I'm slow as hell. But I should perhaps not expect more than that at the time. I should just see it as a success and walk from it with a feeling of improvement.

My goal for this first period is to go to the dojo once a week, and then do 1-2 short sessions at the gym. If that works out, together with my three days at work, I will try and increase the training.

I still feel more tired in my head than in my body after a training session, and I still yawn and feel a bit dizzy when too much is happening. So sometimes I just have to take a breather and collect my mind for a bit before I move on to the next bit. Specially the coordination gets messed up, and things that would be logical before (and still sometimes is in my mind) isn't working for my body. But that will come back with time.

I don't feel ready to go too crazy with free sparring at the moment, but would rather like to build up my confidence again with drills and kumite technique training.

On a side note. The Norwegian judges and referees has been invited to The Swedish Kata Trophy on March 15th. The competition will be on a Saturday, and on the Sunday there will be a seminar with Yoshimi Inoue, 8 Dan JKF, the kata teacher of Antonio Diaz and Rika Usami. I'm thinking about going, since Stockholm is my hometown, and both the competition and seminar looks very interesting!

I will try to keep this blog a bit more updated with my progressions both in the dojo and at the gym!