Tonight's class didn't leave me as wiped out as Monday's did, but that's because Wednesday is forms night, while Monday is fitness training. Most of my night tonight consisted of practing horse stance (mabu), punching a pad against the wall, kicking the points of a star-shaped target (five elements), and joint-strengthening exercises involving a weight on the end of a string connected to a rod (fishing).
Sifu Yung told me that my first month would be an intensive strength-training program to get me in the shape necessary to do the forms properly, which I was expecting. I am in better shape than a lot of my friends -- but I'm sad to say that isn't saying much for me. ;) Most of my friends are sedentary geek types!
I'm thinking that once the holidays are over and I can get into a regular routine, what I'll end up doing is kung fu Mon and Weds, with strength training on my own (weights, maybe jogging) on Saturdays; the hardest part is going to be keeping up with SJ and not neglecting Laurie and my friends while I do all this. I just have to remember to take it easy, do what I can when I can, and let things take care of themselves.