I am really looking forward to Pans and Mundials this year! The Houston Open was a great warmup.
Now, I am pushing hard to get in the best possible shape and present the best possible game. With that in mind, I have one, maybe two tournaments between now and Pans. I'm back to doing my crossfit-like class 5 days a week, plus morning and night jiu jitsu. Three a days plus really carefully crafting my diet is already showing some results on the scale, woowoo. :) Damn that Christmas feasting but I will be RID of it soon :)
Of course not having been in crossfit for about 8 months means that my first day back (this Tuesday) was somewhat rough. Nothing near as bad as yesterday, though, since I was starting to get sore. And then this morning, I did a two hour wrestling class, and discovered the true meaning of gluteus maximus. It means "your gluteus will shout at you at maximus volume." Many thanks to Kirk though, for ankle picks and Russians and all kinds of options. My quads and hamstrings were complaining because of the box jumps yesterday. My traps and lats aren't a whole lot happier either. Oh well, paying the price now. I just realize jiu jitsu is NOT enough to really keep me in optimal condition. I need the outside interval work, strength training and so on.
I'm also realizing that to be competitively successful, in my opinion, it's not enough to get 6 or so mathours a week. I'm getting about... well, much more than that right now and I still feel there simply isn't enough time for drilling and developing muscle memory on all the techniques I'm learning (all of which are equally important and necessary, from my perspective). And that isn't enough for optimal conditioning and cardio/strength/flexibility, which an additional 5 hours a week is just scratching the surface on. Good thing my office is flexible with the hours I keep.
Work! Work! Work! Pans is only 5 weeks away!
And for eyecandy... check the yoko tomoe nage by Megaton at about :13....
AND--- watch this kid wrestle! he has it ALL! so envious!