My second week started off badly; I had a cold. I started feeling odd last Sunday afternoon, then it started kicking in on Monday. Nose running, chest congested, overall feeling lousy.
Last Sunday I shadowboxed several rounds, one round with hand weights. The day after I got up early, went for a jog. After I came home from work, I trained lightly in the garage; skipping rope, shadowboxing, some ab work. Tuesday I went to the gym. Coach Toledo said we were going to do some pad work. It had been a while since I had done pad work with a coach so I was looking forward to this. After I loosened up, shadowboxed, coach had me do a few rounds on the heavybags. Then he had me do a few rounds of pad work. My shoulders were burning, but I pushed myself to get it done. Coach Toledo uses a number system which was a problem at first since I never used such a system before. I picked it up fast, but then he had me throwing combinations where I would have to throw a hook with the rear hand. That screwed my combinations up, badly. I looked like a true amateur. The problem was that I always taught my boxers and students to never throw a hook with the rear hand. However, I’m not the coach here, so I gotta do what the coach says. It will take time, but I’ll get there. I was breathing pretty hard, coach knew I was sick, so he ended my workout with a couple rounds on the punch ball (kind of like a double end bag but with a tennis ball).
Because of family life, I can’t be at the gym everyday. I’m not complaining; I love my family and I needed to rest because my cold had kicked into overdrive. Thursday I went for my early morning jog and later, the gym. I did a very similar work out as Tuesday, because coach was taking it easy on me, again, because of the cold. However, I was feeling a lot better Thursday, but I didn’t want to get carried away. Friday I jogged again. Sunday I did some light work in my garage; weights, skipping rope, and ab work.
Sometime after my work out on Sunday, I found some information on a NY Metro USA Boxing site that may prevent me from getting anymore amateur fights. Remember, the plan is to have one or two more amateur fights before attempting a professional match. I’m still waiting on some answers, I’ll fill you in later.
* When I get to know folks at the gym, I’ll get photos there too.