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If anyone out there loves training as much as I do, then they know how frustrating it can be to rest for weeks when healing from an injury. It also makes me feel even more grateful to be a competitive athlete. After tearing my abdominal muscles, it was very tempting to resume training when the pain subsided. I knew returning at that time would lead me to re-injure myself.
I had started Jiu Jitsu for 1 ½ weeks when I was injured which didn’t give me too much time to learn. Since there is so much information, I was watching Eddie Bravo’s DVDs and reading his books. I also attended his classes to learn by watching. There are countless moves, so it was very beneficial just to see others practice. In addition, I would use mental practice from what I learned in Muay Thai during my healing process. I would go over my sparring sessions in my head and mentally practice how I would have worked my offense and defense given I was able to repeat the session. I also would picture myself doing the Jiu Jitsu moves I was watching.
In the past week, I eased back into training. My natural instinct is to go from zero to ten instantly. I need to keep reminding myself to take it easy for a week or so to do what is best for my body. I was sore after returning to my first Muay Thai class which has not made me sore in the past. Once again, I needed to remind myself that I was out for 6 weeks. The soreness has subsided and I have increased my HMB to the amount I was taking while training. It has been one week and I already feel a shorter recovery time and improvement in my cardio.
I waited an extra week before returning to Jiu Jitsu, since it is more taxing on the body than Muay Thai. To say I was extremely excited to return to both is an understatement. To be able to train and learn at this level is a blessing to me. I will be continuing my monthly video footage very soon. I will also be prepping for my next competition. If you are in the San Diego area next month, come out and support me in my next show on October 27th!