Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Time & Progress

OK, today's going to be my first day back into training since I dropped off the radar with the flu.

I have a few major desk projects that I need to crank out, but I'm also going to do something I've never been able to do before with any modicum of success... and that's keeping a training diary.

Every time I've tried to log down the reps or the exercises or whatever I do in training, I inevitably slack off and drop the project altogether. I'm consistent about some things, but keeping a training diary heretofore has not been one of them.

So starting later today, I've decided to follow the lead of Sr RKC David Whitley and buckle down and keep a training log in a disciplined fashion. My motivation before was less concrete. Now I have a specific cat that I want to skin by going this and keeping it going.

Since I started shifting my lifestyle from one where I was making my living teaching martial arts to one where my main source of income became clinical medicine, I've started to slowly gather rust on a lot of my hard-earned skill sets. Whether it's BJJ, Thai swordfighting, Combat Shuai-Chiao power training, JKD dummy sets, Sil Lum flexible weapons, TKD footwork drills, or whatever other gems have accrued in my martial treasure chest, I need to start polishing those with regularity if I don't want my efforts to have been in vain.

Additionally, I'm going back to the kind of wicked endurance workouts that Pavel put me through back in the days when Guro Inosanto, Prof. Harris, & I would meet and suffer on the sand. When I hit 36 later this year, I want to be in the best shape of my life, and having to keep myself accountable to the world is probably the best way of going about that. You'll see it all go down right here on this blog!

THE RULES: On days where I have multiple workouts, I'll just append the existing entry for that day rather than make a whole new entry. Lessons with my instructors will still be logged so that I can also measure technical progress.

Days when I eat tons of "cardiac arrest" grub, I will log what I ate and the corrective measures that I ask my students to do. For every (normal) mouthful of unhealthy food, do 20 swings.


Early evening light workout: TKD & Pistols
Taegeuk Il Jang - 10 reps (3 slow, 2 moderate, 5 balls out)
5 pistols L/R
Taegeuk Ee Jang - 10 reps (same breakdown)
5 pistols L/R

Got a lot of MAJOR deskwork to still get done, so I've gotta get short & sweet workouts in while I can. Also, it's windy & chilly outside, so I need to limit my exposure since I'm still not 100% recovered.

Hopefully I'll get in a little swing workout before hitting the shower at the end of the night.


Iron Tamer said...

Looking forward to your progress Doc!

Mark Reifkind said...

'bout time.


Dr. Mark Cheng said...

Sirs, thank you for your inspiration. I will do my best not to disappoint, and to show continued improvement on all fronts.

Mark Reifkind said...

now we be all on the same page. cool. :))

nikkiradene said...

*friendly reminder*

Hope to see you back in the habit soon, Sifu. :)