Monday, July 4, 2011

Fourth of July

No conditioning today and no training either, since it seems like every mat in Western Washington was on holiday today.

Managed to spend a couple of hours outside raking, chopping and hacking my way from one side of the yard to the other. Worked up a halfway decent sweat and it was great to get all that fresh air. It would be hard to ask for a better weekend for a triple.

Heading into Week Three, the focus is on half guard to full guard replacements, as well as the Marcelo backstep half guard pass. I feel as if I'm still very much training on instinct and have yet to get back into a training groove and, because of that, am spending too much time being "athletic".

I'll need to grab a training partner or two (or three) if I'm doing to make this a regular affair. As I've found out in the past, trying to just pick one guy to always be available/interested/etc. is just not going to work. Until and unless you find other folks who are thinking along the same lines, the a la carte approach is the most viable for most of us.

Trying to make the off-mat life as efficient as possible - so as not to continue to interfere with the life on the mat. It's not easy. Everything wants to run into everything else like little pails of paint spilled across a canvas all at once. Turning that chaos into something a Pollack-like is in many ways the goal for the balance of the year.