So as you might guess, I'm a little stiff today. But as punishing as it was, I still feel a lot better now than I did after going when I was sick last week. I was in good form last night, too ... my stances were nice and low, while my jumps were nice and high. I'm hoping that after FC is out of the way, I can get to Kung Fu twice a week more regularly, instead of the three times a month I've been averaging since October.
As I said to laurie_robey a week or two ago, I've reached a new milestone in my fitness path: I now look like somebody who was once in good shape but has let himself go. As bleak as that sounds, it's actually a good thing -- it's certainly a step up from "a ball of mush who was never in shape!" I give the lion's share (nyuk, nyuk) of the credit to the Kung Fu, thanks to its rigorous mix of both aerobic exercise (jogging, drills, forms) and strength training (brickwork, stances, crunches & pushups). The muscles in my arms and legs are getting quite hard now ... my only real problem area is the fat that's still lingering around the middle. That will probably require more dietary changes, alas, but not as many as it might seem. My body responds very well to exercise, so if I can make that regular 2x/week schedule, my improvement should accelerate rapidly.
Here's to a buff 2005. ;)
PS: New Kung Fu icon! Although it's more of a Karate/TKD outfit and move... ;)