12pm – 1:30pm
Open mat at St. Pete. Always a good time and good work when I come here.
Begin by getting a roll with bryan. We haven’t rolled in a while and it was just as competitive as ever. We caught each other once each and had a great 10-15 minute roll. Afterwards Vince got a roll with him and then we geared up for some MMA ground and pound work. We did an awesome drill where we worked off every position on the ground with BJJ and ground and pound. I felt really good on top and bottom, I just have to work on my scrambling a little. Finished up with a nice flow drill – 2, pull, 2, DJ hook, cross, step roll, hook 2, pull, 2… etc.
The days are just flying by now, I keep improving at a great rate and making the most of every day I am blessed with. Today was no different.
9am – 11am
Good BMT class in the morning working with August. He’s much better than I thought, I’ve never trained with him before. We did some good touch, pull, return drills and another good flow drill with Hook 2’s. Moved into kickboxing and we worked heavily on knees, front kicks, and front kick parrys today, all stuff I need to improve on.
After class, we set up our first MMA class at Gracie PAC. Me and Vince began with some light sparring drills and then Will jumped in as well when he got there. We went about 60%, but I still got my ass kicked by Vince, and to a lesser degree, by Will. I definitely have to work on a couple defensive mistakes, but I felt good!
3pm – 5pm
Strength and Conditioning after a tough morning class. What is wrong with me?
Start up with a moderate distance run. 6.5 miles with a sub 10 minute pace in about an hour. This isn’t too tough, it honestly feels good and I feel like it helps me recover from tough anaerobic training.
Afterwards is the tough part. It is hard to go from slow aerobic cardio to explosive power intervals like HRI’s, but that is what I have to do. I do 18 reps of 6 seconds pushing the power sled with 150 lbs added. A minute rest in between. The first 12 reps are cake and I feel very powerful. The last 6 tear my legs apart. Oh well. I stretch out and go home to get ready for work.
“If one day the speed kills me, do not cry because I was smiling.”