Today, I start a training log at a low point. The main problem is Bicipital Tendonitis in both arms. I have been suffering from this persistent overuse injury.
I have trained in a few combat sports in the recent past: boxing, bjj, judo. Because of reasons outside the scope of this post and my literary capacity, I won’t go into why, I have recently chosen to focus on Judo.
I’m a scientist first, and athlete last. So research, obviously, always takes priority, and sport is just something I do when I can’t sit in front of the computer any longer. I do sacrifice social life, women, drinking, etc for Judo because between research and Judo there really is no time for anything else. So… Judo is my source of stress-relief and fun. Too much chatter already…
I’m in pain today. Woke up in pain. Iced it.
A little later did stretching and strengthening exercises on just the shoulder. Skipped yoga and shoulder exercises before bed, though. Never again. Need to do this stuff twice a day. Otherwise, how the hell will I recover and stay healthy.
Haven’t been in the gym for 10 days! That’s probably a 2 year record. Will maybe try to do something tomorrow.
- Ran 2 miles – slow pace
- Watched Main Line Judo practice – read the masterclass book on armlocks during that time
- Watched about an hour of -81kg judo while eating (summing time over 5 meals
Some thoughts on what I learned in Judo… Matt taught some pickup counters that I wished to God I could practice. This is something that should become my specialty. I have a back that can lift three of me, which is perhaps my only advantage on the mat against highly-skilled opponents. Pickups should be my thing. My shoulders hurt just thinking of it though. Where the hell is Advil?
Also reading about turtle turnovers into armbars was exciting. I really did about 1-1.5 hours of visualization today which was exhausting but I think incredibly effective. Can’t wait to try it on the mat, especially this one right shoulder roll while grabbing uke’s leg and thus doing like a “bow” turn over. I’ll have to think of a structured way of talking about things I learned …
Good night, first day. The journey begins!