For the first time this year we trained outside, fantastic day !
I warmed up and stretched at home before meeting Micke outside and we took our bikes for the first ride of the year !
That was kind of tough, at the arrival at the slope we met Remy and decided to go check the front side. That is where we found lots of snow and instead of going around, Micke decided we would go up instead. Riding the bike up this slope is mission impossible due to the steepness so we pushed/ carried our bikes while Remy ran up. YEAH good idea Micke, I thought I would never be able to train after that!
At the top we worked on the mitts:
Combination : Jab cross hook , without gloves focusing on power and speed , keeping a good stance and appropriate footwork.
We were told to do a 1000 but I don´t think we did them all !
Then we worked on the double hook kick: low and high without landing. Here too, focus on a good position, stability and control as much as power.
I was quite happy with the feeling I had today on the mitts, I think I can notice the improvement because of the work I do at home, both kicks and punches felt more controlled and stable today, I surely need some more work and especially with the balance, but stretching before the session felt like a good idea for me, and with that kind of warmup I think it all helped a little !
We went to the edge of the slope and did some light / controlled sparring with Remy. A couple of times I corrected myself with the position of my body, I am already small but I make myself smaller by looking down and bending my body, which makes me target the center of the opponent too much. I know about it and correct it by myself which is good, because I have to be better at this. I think this will help me be more centered and see openings in a better way, I also believe this will help me be more stable on my feet.
Everytime I write I feel like I find new things to work on, the learning process never ends. After 6 years I have so much more to learn. The positive aspect is that the things I am working on now are adjustements, details that will help me get better, I feel I have the basis and what I am doing now is taking them to the next level and this is such an awesome feeling. Nothing will make me more happy than the day I feel I master some techniques, the day I feel stable and strong and in control of my movements, this day will be a great day, one of the best.
Finishing the session with Micke standing on the edge of the slope we were down and jumped up to a hook kick on the mitts, same exercise with the knees.
I was worthless with the knee exercise as I could not reach the mitt so I brought the mitt down instead but that was not the point !
anyway we were actually done with the session and started to go down the backside of the slope. then we rested for a minute and decided I would run up the slope. I could do it as the backside is easier than the front side.
That was finished for the day… for Remy who drove back home, we on the other side, had to ride our bikes home, and let me tell you something about Sweden, this is no flat country, up and down hills at all times!