This blog is very, very overdue, but hopefully I'll be able to come up with something useful out of the extra few weeks of reflection time. On November 23rd, after roughly ten weeks of training, I had my second boxing match in aid of Refuge. I didn't feel particularly prepared, if I'm honest. I hadn't … Continue reading A very late reflection blog about my second boxing match for Refuge
This is my hair right now. It's pretty grim. I am very much looking forward to washing it. Today was a fairly relaxed session. We are now only one week away from the fight. In seven days time it'll all be over. Yet again, I did not notice those nine weeks go by AT ALL. … Continue reading I won’t ever be ready for fight night to be one week away but it’s here anyway!
Tonight was the last session we really hit each other before fight night. After last week's session, I didn't feel anywhere near confident enough that we were only two weeks away. Tonight I am a bit more confident. We were sparring again. Not in the same fiercely intense way as last time, but practicing against … Continue reading Nine days until fight night and my face already hurts
Tonight fucked me up. In many ways I was not prepared for today's session. Not least because I spent last week desperately trying to get my vandalised bike to the shop to fix it before it closed and failing. It was significantly less distressing than when my previous bikes got stolen, but still quite time … Continue reading Tonight was the toughest session so far but I loved it
A little while ago, I kind of teased at a project I was working on with some friends that would launch of Hallowe'en and ... Happy Hallowe'en! Our brand new website officially went live today. We're sharing fresh content daily on our Facebook and Twitter feeds and we've got a whole load of news, reviews … Continue reading It has risen!
WE ARE FOUR WEEKS AWAY FROM FIGHT NIGHT. Four weeks from right now, we'll have raised our money, fought our fights and will be chilling with a drink. I hope you can tell how hard I am working by this picture of me looking sweaty and grim from about twenty minutes ago after I got … Continue reading Fight night is only four weeks away and it does not feel real
So this is the state of my shirt right now. It's pretty grim. Today's session was actually fairly relaxed. We were focused more on practicing getting the techniques right rather than pushing ourselves to our limits. We will need to do that soon enough because ultimately being in the ring is an extremely tough six … Continue reading Today’s relaxed training session is what will keep me alive in the ring
I didn't take a better picture this session so here is my sweaty face. My hair is freakin gross right now. I did the 20 mile cycle again today. Which means I didn't go to Unbreakable again. Partly because cramming my headguard into my work bag is not enjoyable in the morning and partly because … Continue reading I took a few direct punches to the face today but I’m feeing good
This is the state of my hoodie right now. I wore it on my bike ride home from the gym after my boxing training session tonight. The two layers beneath are even more disgusting and frankly I smell really bad right now. Today's session was pretty good. We were doing drills with Dave again. I … Continue reading I am getting sweaty and gross and back into good training habits
When I signed up for the second charity boxing match to raise money for Refuge, I was feeling ambitious. Despite being completely new and inexperienced to both boxing and asking people for sponsorship money, I managed to make it through the full ten weeks of training, put on a show I was fairly proud of … Continue reading Getting my first donation is a huge relief