11am – 11:30am
Private training with coach Vince. I am so grateful to have someone like Vince to push me beyond my limits and raise me to the level I am at.
We did 6, 3 minute rounds at high intensity with 30 seconds of rest between each round. Finished up with a bonus round of kicks and flow drilling. I don’t know how I’m able to push this pace, but I know that I am, that it feels good, and that I can do better.
10am – 12pm
Open Mat at St. Pete.
First I take Gabe’s BJJ class, just like old times. Then I get some good rolls in with Gabe and some heavier guys. My BJJ is feeling top of the world right now, I’m very impressed with how far my ground game and grappling has come along. It will need some work in the long run, but it is more than satisfactory for now.
Finish up with some kickboxing work with Amy, working on special combinations and switches/angles. Great day of training. Going to kick it up a notch in intensity tomorrow.
11am – 1pm
St. Pete again, twice in a row!
I start with some wrestling rounds, king of the hill style, with Victor and Gabe. Gabe has great technique and Victor has a lot of weight on me. Good ways to challenge me.
This is super exhausting, so I take a break and then get some rounds of padwork in with Gabe. Striking looks good, especially my transitions between striking and grappling.
Day off after a few days straight of intense training
10am – 11:30am
After some coffee, Grappling work with Vince. We work on escaping from many bad positions at a flow pace. Important work for my future opponent.
After my arms are heavy and tired from the grappling, I get in 3, 3 minute rounds with less than a minute of rest each. My power and speed feels good. I am ready now and I will be ready in one week.
Saturday morning and I am at Gracie PAC!
11am – 12pm
BMT with Amy and Tracy in the morning. Working on the pull series, the new Dutch Drill 4, and a combo I saw Henri Hooft holding for on instagram this morning. We pimped out the combo and uploaded a video of the new and improved version online.
12:30pm – 1pm
After BMT, I reluctantly make my way to the hill bridge by Blake HS with Vince to do some hill sprints. My explosiveness feels good and I keep ahead of Vince for the first 2 reps, but I slow down and he keeps up and I end up trailing behind like last time. We do 10 reps in total that completely kill me.
11:30am – 1pm
Open Mat at St Pete. We drill single legs and then start live wrestling, king of the hill style. I do very well to start and I am focused. I stay in the middle for about 7 rounds and even have a great round with Anton, but eventually he beats me. My confidence is boosted, but then I wrestle with a new guy who hip throws me hard and guillotines me as well, and now I feel horrible. I get a roll with Anton and Vince afterwards at a decent pace and then call it a day. Not everyday will be my day and, regardless of how I feel, I performed well and showed up. All that I can ask of myself.
2:30pm – 3pm
Tempo Intervals for recovery, 15 reps.
“I grew closer every mile. Every single why-did-I-sign-up-for-this. I covered ground. I pounded pavement. I burned rubber on asphalt. I was hot on the trail. I ran new loops till they became old ones. I worked on weekends. Weekdays. Weeknights. I missed brunch because I took the backroads. I couldn’t make it to the party because I was in the gym that night. I kept going when my friends kept quitting. I got lost. And I found out a lot about myself. I’ve been with a lot of people along the way. Except the finish line.