February 27th, 2003

Kero Power Tie

Oof, What a Day :-`

Of course, the passing of Mr. Rogers is a bummer; a good friend of mine is having some very rough times of his own, as well, and work is being stressy as all get-out today. Oh, and there's more snow on the way! Isn't that exciting?

Oh well, we shall persevere!

Moving on to something I can actually do something about, Kung Fu last night drove home the point yet again that I have three basic weak points: holding stances, building my endurance, and being able to do pushups. I had to bow out three times from the jogging sessions last night, and had trouble holding my stances several times; not exactly a good night for me. And Monday night, I couldn't even keep up with the pushups by doing knee variations instead of full-length ones.

It's not like I'm not trying, or fluffing off in class. I'm pouring everything I've got into it ... it's just that I don't have that much to pour. I have never been what you'd call a "natural athlete," and while I'm making steady improvement, I just plain have a long, long way to go. Laurie says I'm pushing myself too hard ... but the burning-up-inside feeling I get when I have to stop and watch everybody else just go jogging by says otherwise.

It would help if I had better facilities for practicing at home. The Bowflex will certainly help with that, at least in terms of building strength, but at the cost of eating our last tiny bit of open space that I had been using to practice in. I don't have anywhere to practice rolling and falling now as it is.

Maybe when the weather gets a little less hostile, I can get out and do some jogging. There's a field about a block away that might also be suitable for doing forms and tumbling. It's a little intimidating to go out there and just do stuff by myself, but I was thinking I might be able to set up Sunday afternoon sessions out there with some other students from time to time. We'll just have to see how it goes.

In the meantime, I am working on getting in a little something every day, even if it's just sneaking in a few minutes of stance work in the morning or a few kicks while the laundry's running. Figuring out ways to improve the areas I need to improve in is the biggest challege. It's not exactly easy to slip in a set of pushups riding the elevator at work, for instance. Hamstrings and stances are a little easier, tho, as long as nobody's watching. ;)

-The Gneech