Friday, January 29, 2010

500th post and I'm sick...

My being sick has little to do with my 500th post... just sayin', is all.

I hate having a cold. It's been in my nose and (sore) throat for about 2 days now. Sucks. Can't train, don't want to work, and can't seem to find the OTC cocktail that will dry up my snotty head. I have some pictures to post, mostly from my dinner-making the other night, but I'm too ensconced on the couch upstairs to go downstairs and get my camera. I'll post the step by step of pork chops smothered in onions later I guess.

It's cold(er) here today, in the low 40s, and grey/rainy/drizzly for the most part. I skipped lunch open mat because I don't want to be typhoid Mary. Instead my ad tech ordered Chinese food, so I sucked down a cup of wonton soup. I've been drinking tea all day, too. Not super helpful but maybe I'd be worse without.

I did get to roll with a fellow blue the other day and did okay. I keep talking about how I can beat whitebelts for a few days in their careers and then poof, they're past me.. so the fact that I was able to keep up with this guy (and, ahem, submit him) was really happy-making for me. My problem as always is the complete inability to reconstruct what I did right and what he did wrong so that I can hope to repeat it someday, somehow. All's I know is there was an arm sticking out, and I felt like I swooped over it, stuck my feet under him, and bellydowned it. Of course, I made up for that success by tapping to his smothering mount ... embarrassing! What a jackass I am. I was all right, I could breathe, I wasn't being subbed... so why tap?! I wasn't even claustrophobic.. I think I was just tired and irked. Stupid. He's one of the few guys I roll with who doesn't feel like he ever takes it easy on me. He has maybe 40-50 lbs on me, but frame-wise we're about the same size, and we drill together well during class. So it's not like he's a 200 lb mammoth, but he doesn't hesitate to use his weight very effectively on my ribs, cheeks, face...

I'm excited about the Strikeforce card tomorrow night. Cris Santos, Nick Diaz, Robbie Lawler, Herschel Walker.. lots of entertainment potential. If I can just dry up enough to stop mouthbreathing.

I'm also excited-ish about NAGA, which is February 20th in Fort Worth (may compete, may not, it all depends) and the Hillary Williams seminar the following day (2.5 hours, women only, just $20! See Triin's post about it here on the Fenom Kimonos blog.) Which reminds me, I found my black Fenom Kimonos gi top! It was still at the seamstress's shop getting my "Fueled By Fear" patch sewn on. I need to make up MY patch soon here.

Random babbling, sorry. Maybe a nap is in order. We're supposed to try a new venue for sushi tonight or perhaps Italian at Buca di Beppo. *yawn*

7 comments:

Dev said...

you HAVE to post a picture with the patch! :) Are you going to compete at NAGA?

jiujitsu365 said...

Congrats on your 500th post! That's dedication....

On another note:

I'm interested in seeing how Hershel Walker will do too. I hope well because he has been doing a lot of talking even if he has been humble about it. Plus, it will keep giving hope to those of us in our 30s, 40s, etc...

Meerkatsu said...

Happy quin-centenary.
I find with such momentous occasions that some BJJ shopping is necessary, after all, an athlete can never have enough gis or rashies or hoodies etc etc...

Jason said...

I'm sorry to hear you are missing practice. Its a real bummer. I'm feeling it too. Do you eat spicey hot foods when you are sick? I do. It really clears out my head colds.

Georgette said...

Picture coming soon. In fact if I'm well enough to train tomorrow, I'll get one of Triin's Fenom gi with the patch, and actually *finally* review it like I'm supposed to.

I don't know about competing to be honest. No fire in the belly at the moment but that might be because I'm sick. I would love something spicy but have zero appetite, if that makes any sense.

I'm about to receive two Kauai Kimonos, plus my tiedyed gi from my sponsor Happy Kimonos, so that's my quincentenary reward and then some.

Manny Hagman said...

I totally know what you mean about new guys blowing past you after a couple of days and how frustrating it can be. While I have not yet gotten my blue belt (sometimes I wonder if I ever will) I feel like no matter what I do I am quickly surpassed and trounced by everyone who comes into a class, regardless of how much I train.

Do you find that you get out muscled by these people, because I have felt that way a lot!!! I think it's awesome you have gotten to the level you are at regardless of anything else and I am sure the more technical your game becomes, the easier it will be for you to deal with the situations you describe!!!!

Thanks for your honesty about all of this. I have often felt that because noobs blow by me in a day or two that "jiu jitsu just isn't for me" but it just makes me know that when I finally do get past these problems I will appreciate it that much more because of where I have come from!!!

Manny

A.D. McClish said...

Congrats on reaching 500 posts! Love your blog and can't wait for the next 500. :) Hope you feel better soon!