Delayed due to overwhelming awesomeness. This is all about Tuesday…
So my big surprise that kept you all in suspense was the fact that my brother-in-law talked me into joining him in doing a Kyokushin class. There is much I don’t know about the history of the art (I will eventually read up and study) so I won’t attempt to give you facts here, but let’s just say it probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.
I’ll start out by saying that it actually wasn’t the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Wait, what? Yeah, it sounds contradictory but give me a second. Today the Sensei was not in town so class was run by one of his students. There were quite a few new people so instead of taking the class through the full and intense rigors he put us through the class at about half speed. That meant there was a lot more standing around and discussing the moves and names for the moves and how to do them than there normally would have been.
How does this translate to being the hardest thing I’ve ever done and NOT being the hardest thing I’ve ever done? If the class today was only half of the pace, speed, intensity and amount of things that we will normally do, then the “normal” days are truly going to be the hardest thing I’ve ever done. My hips are sore in ways I never imagined from doing kicks and stretches, my abdomen is bruised thanks to my wife beating on me, my arm and hand are bruised from punching the bag and doing knuckle push-ups and my feet haven’t been that barefoot doing something for that long ever.
This is going to be fun.
Because I knew this workout would be tough, I did not wake up early this morning to run or do anything else. I am not sure if I will wake up tomorrow and do anything, but we’ll see. I am just excited to find a way to do a nice workout that doesn’t involve a treadmill, running, weight rooms or other meatheads who look at me like I shouldn’t be there. I felt accepted though I was new, I felt excited to try something new and I can’t wait to see where this goes.
Even though we did not do the workouts as hard as we normally would, I burned about as many calories doing that as I would running hard for an hour. Not only that, I will be getting strength, conditioning, stamina, balance and so many other things along with the workout. Thursday should be the full training and we will see what happens then.
Maybe soon I will start collecting colorful belts… bring it!
Breakfast – Protein shake
Snacks – Protein and fruit bars
Lunch – Baked chicken chimichangas
Dinner – Tacos and chicken nuggets
An hour+ of walking at work
2 hours of Kyokushin (at half intensity)