I am determined to get to the boxing gym this afternoon. I mean really, it’s been weeks, and here I am attempting to keep a blog going on boxing! Well, okay. So I’ve been busy at work, true. Busy writing papers for grad school, true. Busy being a wife and a mom, true. But, but, but … I say to myself, that is no excuse, sister, get your butt to the gym! So today, after dropping the prodigal off at her dance class, it’s off to Gleason’s for some serious huffing and puffing as I attempt something resembling a work out.
The plan? Hmmm. A short run, maybe 15 minutes worth at a slow pace to be followed by three rounds of shadow boxing. By then I’ll be warmed up and ready for the most embarrassing part, facing my trainer, Lennox Blackmore. He will be as he always is, the consummate professional with a mushy heart of molten gold — while I shall be mortified by how slow I am, not to mention out of breath by about 30 seconds into the first round!
Oh well. I’ve been here before and no doubt will be here again. The point is that I shall haul myself over there to begin anew and after a while feel the absolute thrill of working hard. Once I get over the initial shock of working out, I really do have to give it my all and find there is nothing so satisfying as feeling my muscles dissolve into the delicious agony of having been worked to death. Of course there will be tomorrow when I’ve got to work through the obstacle course that is my life lately to get myself back to the gym for a second day, but that is in truth a problem for another day.
PS – Don’t forget to catch the last night of the Women’s International Duel Series bouts tonight live from 9:00 PM to 12:00 AM Eastern Time. I watched last night and they were terrific. The link is here.
PPS – Read this GREAT story about women boxers in India who have made extraordinary strides in the recently held Commonwealth Games. The NY Times has it here.
Also, learn about Mary Kom’s Boxing Academy in the northeastern state of Manipur, India here.