No elbow hits for me this week

Since my “retirement” I have been doing my best to spend more time taking care of myself, especially in regards to exercise. I’ve stepped up my training and have started sparring again. This past Saturday was my second foray back into the sparring ring.

After sparring I often find myself feeling one of two things. Sometimes I feel that I sucked big time and want to give up and never go back. Those are the days I go home, stand in the shower for twenty minutes and bawl my eyes out like a little girl.

Some days I leave and feel good about my performance. I feel that I was able to hold my own and almost look forward to doing it again.

Apparently there is now a third option. I left not feeling as bad as I did the Saturday before, but I didn’t feel good about my performance either.

What I feel now is sore. VERY SORE. When sparring you defintely work every muscle you have and no matter how much you actively kickbox during the week sparring will leave you feeling very sore.

Unfortunately after last Saturday it also left me very bruised. My right shin is still bruised from over a week ago and has started to reach that lovely greenish phase. My elbow looks, well, nasty. This photo doesn’t begin to do it justice.

The lesson here…don’t blog a kick with your elbow.

I also wanted to start some cross-training. In the past I’ve done some running but it’s just not something I enjoy doing anymore. A couple of years ago I won a very nice BMW bicycle, eighteen speed, that retailed for about $1000.00. My trainer suggested cycling as a solution. Much easier on my joints and a great way to stretch out my legs which always seem to be hurting.

For the past two weeks I’ve been cycling a minimum of three times a week. I started off slow, going about five miles. Last week I upped it to eight miles. I don’t have a specific goal in mind as far as time or distance. Right now it’s a great form of exercise that allows me to enjoy the outdoors and does wonders on clearing my head.

I did have to give in and buy some bike shorts though because wow my ass was sore.

That’s probably more than you needed to know about me.

It does feel good to be active again.

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