This past week was rather disappointing. Over the month of December, between resting from my bruised ribs and the gym being closed over the holidays, I gained around 10-12 pounds back. So last Wednesday was supposed to be the start of the new year of training for me. Big goals and big dreams to accomplish this year. I went to Muay Thai that night, and our intructor, Jason worked me pretty hard during warm ups. After that we did some punch and kick drills, then later some light sparring. I sparred with Gabe, the younger Gabe. He’s a few inches taller than me, so it was nice to spar with someone who has a good reach advantage on me.
It took some adjustment. I found often best thing could do was put my head down, and let his punches glance off the top of my head while moving in for body shots. I would think in an actual cage fight, my best bet against such an opponent would be to press in close and either take them down and ground and pound, or use my weight to hold them against the cage and keep hitting the body. Just a thought, not that I have any great experience against any opponents.
Thursday night I came in for my first no gi class in almost a month. Early on, my ribs started feeling tender. They hadn’t been bothering me at all, but when I would lie flat on my back seemed to be the most irritating. I managed through it and we did ok until later in class. We were practicing sweeps, which is reversing an opponent who is on top of you, and rolling them so you can be on top. First sweep where I got rolled I landed funny on my side. Not even hard, but hard enough for it to hurt like hell. Professor Gustavo came over and told me I was done for the night.
I skipped MMA class that night as I was in too much pain and too frustrated. On Friday I left work around noon as it hurt to even lean forward at my desk or to move my right arm around too much to operate my phone and computer. I went to the doctor who by feeling and listening to them, said they don’t appear fractured. He ordered x-rays and will let me know for sure Monday and give me instructions on what to do as far as recovery and set my limits in training.
So this weekend I’ve been mostly sitting around and taking Motrin as needed. Today they feel much better and I might go to the gym and get on the bike or something. I have to say, its a small setback but still very frustrating.
The weight gain is the most frustrating. I was hoping to be less than 300 by the new year, not back to 312 or so. Doc said a lot of that could just be water weight since I haven’t trained as much. Plus he said even the best athletes gain 5-10 pounds during holidays. Key is getting back to working it off. He said I looked pretty healthy otherwise. My blood pressure is still a bit high but not critical like it was before. Doc said as the weight comes off, it will fix itself so he isn’t concerned. He said I’m on the right track. It’s just going to take some time.
Hopefully the next couple weeks will go fast, I’ll heal quickly and I can do enough exercise in the meantime so as not to pack on any more weight. I got some cool new MMA gear for Christmas, so I can’t wait to get back out there and try it all out.