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I am sitting here trying to mentally prepare myself for taking up a proper exercise routine again. I have not been able to go down to the dojo for over 4 weeks now and even though I have been to the gym, it is still not the same. I have had some travel for work in between as well which means that the gym has suffered a bit as well.

On Thursday I am hoping to get the all clear by my optician to start training again. I am really raring to go and start training but I also know that I will most likely have a near death experience on the first session. Considering that work is getting really busy, I know that I will really benefit from being able to punch, shove, kick and throw someone. All very civilized of course….as the other party gets to do the same thing back at you.

And lets face it, I am quite a bit competitive and the fact that I am now lagging behind the others that started at the same time with me, does not sit all to well with me. I know that it is no competition but still… I definitely need to get out on the mats again! Fingers crossed for Thursday and woohoo! 🙂

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I am sitting down having a cup of tea as I type this. I have no specific topic in mind in this particular moment. I just picked up the laptop and started typing away. There is no intention behind it and no red thread thought out. I can not tell you what I will blog about as this is something that will evolve as I type this post. All I know is that I woke up this morning and felt angry and frustrated and I had many topics, well rants really, in mind that I though I would store away until later when I would have some time to sit down and blog.

As it is now, I do not feel angry anymore nor do I want to rant about those things that were upsetting me. Maybe I will pick up those topics on another day and dissect them in a different post. Who knows.

Earlier today I went to the club/dojo to train. Sparring techniques was on the agenda. Initially I felt split about going today; on one hand I thought that it would be an excellent way to vent all that pent-up frustration in a controlled yet physically demanding exercise. Yet on the other hand I almost felt that I was in such a lousy mood that I should stay away from other humans. Either way I did go to the club. We went through a lot of striking techniques and how to apply these both in a traditional sense and in a “real life” situation. It was all from striking pads to pairing up two and two and try them out. It was demanding but good. There was a full on sparring session at the end but I could unfortunately not take part as I have the laser eye surgery next week (which I have mentioned in a previous post) so I wanted to be a bit careful as a black eye really would not be good right now.

I did make the right decision by going to the Bujinkan training today. I realize this as I am sitting here sipping my tea. I feel relaxed where I previously felt tense, I am smiling where I previously was scowling and I am no longer angry or feel the need to spew out frustrated rants all over the place. I rather have a cup of tea and just type away feeling good about myself, about the world around me and the fact that I can blog away to my hearts content even if no-one will read this.

So it seems like this post is about Bujinkan training, the release of tension, blogging and drinking tea. I just might have another cup now.

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This was one of those days were I woke up and most definitely did not want to get up. I was wrecked, aching and slow. I still am. The reason for this is not any emotional distress (thankfully) but the aftermath of yesterdays training session in the club.

After almost two weeks of very little exercise due to work commitments (i.e travel) and sickness, I was ready and looking forward to a proper training session at the Bujinkan dojo. I got there early so that I could ease into the beginners group and work on some basics before the main class started. The intense warm up at the main class almost did me in… It is unbelievable how fast I lost what little fitness that I had, having build it up painstakingly slow. The summer months have meant that much of my work-out routine suffered and I have not kept it up as much as I should have and after a period of hardly any exercise it felt like starting all over again.

Then after almost 2 hours of hitting, lunging, kicking, throwing and landing on my bum I was suitable destroyed. Physically exhausted and sporting a good few new bruises. Mentally tired but still feeling good. I got home and then the damn migraine decided to kick in so there was little left to do than to just collapse into bed after a hot shower. After a way too short sleep it was time to get up again and that is when the feeling of being broken materialized. Still having a headache, feeling stiff and discovering a new, lovely and painful bruise on my knee I stumbled out of bed (it was not a pretty sight).

I made it to work (was probably looking pathetic) but I stayed on and after a few hours and a few coffees later I started to feel a little alive again. So now here I am sitting at home after a nice meal, listening to some music while typing away and I am still tired, still bruised and aching but I know that once tomorrow comes I will be back down at the dojo. I will do it all again and again and maybe, just maybe I will find myself a little less broken the next time. I will continue going and my fitness level will hopefully get the hint and improve as well but most of all I will enjoy it.