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My Happy Return to Training

Blog Article ImageIf 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!

Posted on September 27, 2012


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