I trained Muay Thai tonight for the first time in a really, REALLY long time. It sure showed. It was expected, but I was still a little embarrassed. My feet are raw and really hurt from pivoting. My calves are killing from being on the balls of my feet for an hour and a half. Lol. Ughhhh!
Well it’s been 4 weeks to the day since I tore my hip flexor. It’s been a shitty time. Not as bad as an ACL tear, but a close second. You don’t realize how often you use these muscles until you injure them. For example, I’ve kept going to the gym to lift weights throughout the healing process. I’ve simply modified my workouts. I found out the first day that I couldn’t lie flat on a bench to press. This stretched the torn muscles causing my eyes to start glistening and noticeable whimper to those in my vicinity. So lying flat was out. Next I found that sitting on a shoulder press bench with my knees bent more than 90 degrees caused sever cramping. This wasn’t as bad as the stretching, but painful nonetheless. Finally I thought I could do some bent over dumbell rows. Unbeknownst to me, as soon as my lower abs contracted to brace, my breath would immediately be taken away and I would want to fall down. It was a bit of trial and error. I’ve spent a lot of time on the elliptical machine and doing machine circuits. I’m happy to say though, that it’s finally starting to feel better.
I started physiotherapy this week. He puts me through hell, but I feel so good when it’s over. The way he explained it to me is like this. I partially tore both the Psoas and the Iliacus. That’s why I have pain sitting up or lifting my legs while in bed. The thinks that that they are healing well. However, he also believes that the Iliacus has attached itself to bone during that healing process. That is what is causing the sever pain when the area is stretched. basically, the muscle has become too short. So what he’s doing is breaking the muscle away from the bone; re-tearing it if you will. Goddamn it hurts!
He’s expecting a full recovery which is what I wanted to hear. I really am going bat shit crazy being off the mats. It’s weird. I think about quitting Jiu Jitsu so much when I’m able to do it, but now that I can’t, all I want to do is get back on the mats. Yep, I’m fucked… Anyways, I plan on letting it fully heal before I get back out there. I have a trip to Whistler planned in January and I want to be able to ski as aggressively as I usually do.
Sonetimes I think patches look really good on a gi. Sometimes I think that they look awful. Is being a walking billboard really what Jiu Jitsu is about? That being said, I just sewed 3 patches on my Globetrotter travel gi that I’ve been meaning to get to for about a year. Using a sewing machine is friggin’ hard! Not the best job…
I need more practice. I hope they stay on!
Courtsey of Grapplers Planet Instagram feed.
I’m going to try these for warm up tonight. Since I’m over 40 now, I realize that I need to spend more time getting my joints lubed and loose. What do you like to do to get your body moving?
It’s been almost 2 months since I last made an entry. It’s not that I’ve been too busy, or couldn’t come up with something to talk about, but rather I’ve sort of turned on myself more than ever. It’s been a struggle to not let my depression affect my wife and kids. That has been my main goal as of late.
Nevertheless, I’ve been at the gym quite a bit (both BJJ and fitness center). Let’s see, where to start… Well I’m fat as shit. I haven’t had the will power to stop eating. It takes every ounce of my being to workout hard enough so I don’t end up on “My 600lbs Life”. I started a new exercise routine that has a lot of heavy lifting. Mixing it up with high intensity cardio had been pretty good. I can honestly say that my muscles are completely spent by the time my 90min is up. The first week I was sore as fuck. That’s to be expected though. For the last year or two, my workouts have been of a lighter weight, more reps in nature.
On the mats quite a bit has happened. Let’s see… I’ve been attending more classes. Or at least as many as I can. I’ve been to a seminar with world champion Jaoa Assis. That was great. I learned so much, and I’ve already successfully implemented it in to my gi game. A couple of weeks ago I got the 4th stripe on my blue belt. That’s exciting, right? I don’t k ow if I deserve it, but it happened. Rolling has been pretty good. I seem to be moving a bit better. I wish my bottom game would improve. I try so hard down there, but always seem to get stuck. Oh well, I’ll keep plugging away. I’m sort of thinking about competing again… We’ll see…
Oh ya, a Whistler trip has been booked for early January. I hope to go. 🙂