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Welcome back dear readers,

Thank you for all your insightful comments on the writing excerpts I posted over the weekend. I found the feedback very helpful, and apparently I’m not the only one! A Grade Five teacher has requested to use the entire post, comments and all, to educate her students about the value of constructive criticism and the rewriting process. So good on ya! You’re now helping to educate younger generations, if you weren’t already.

My agonizing over Dragonfly Summer is done for the year. It’s in the hands of my editor today, which I’ll talk about more in tomorrow’s post. This month is about two things: training for the upcoming red prajioud test, and getting Lost ready for the St. Martin’s Press contest.

I’m not that worried about Lost. I wrote it years ago, and it has survived plenty of rewrites. It just needs some cleaning up, as my technique as a writer has improved since I first created it. But the kickboxing test? That’s something else.

My kru sent me a training schedule last week:

Week 1

3 classes x 1 hour

clean up diet, no alcohol, saturated fats, sugars, carbonated drinks. lots of green vegetables and protein, and start reducing carb intake.

stretching 20 minutes 2 times a week – outside of class

3 – 5 litres of water a day

Week 2

2 classes x 1 hour

1 class x 2 hours

stretching 20 minutes 2 times a week – outside of class

3 – 5 litres of water a day

Personal training on Friday – 4:25 – 5:25

Week 3

1 classes x 1 hour

2 classes x 2 hours

1 – 5 Km run

stretching 20 minutes 2 times a week – outside of class

3 – 5 litres of water a day

Week 4

3 classes x 2 hours

2 – 5 Km runs

stretching  20 minutes 2 times a week – outside of class

3 – 5 litres of water a day

Personal training on Friday – 4:25 – 5:25

Week 5

3 classes x 2 hours

1 class x 1 hour

3 – 5 Km runs

stretching  20 minutes 2 times a week – outside of class

3 – 5 litres of water a day

Personal training on Friday – 4:25 – 5:25

Week 6

3 classes x 2 hours

2 class x 1 hour

3 – 5 Km runs

stretching  20 minutes 2 times a week – outside of class

3 – 5 litres of water a day

Week 7

3 classes x 2 hours

2 classes x 1 hour

3 – 5 Km runs

stretching  20 minutes 2 times a week – outside of class

3 – 5 litres of water a day

Week 8 – Test on Friday

2 classes x 1 hour

3 – 5 Km runs

stretching  20 minutes 2 times a week – outside of class

3 – 5 litres of water a day

I’m currently on Week 2 of the schedule. So far, I’m on track, although the intense stretching is killing me. I was hurting so badly that I missed one class last week, but I made up for it by doing pad work and a run on Sunday.

This week will be the first time I’ve taken a double class in years. My kru has encouraged me to begin Level 2 classes, but since they’re brutal, I’ll be easing into that. This week I’ll keep my double classes to Level 1, and increase in bravery as my conditioning improves.

This week also marks the first one-on-one coaching session I’ve had in years. (That’s what Kelly means by personal training on the schedule.) When I was a boxer, nearly all my training was one-on-one, and I’ve really missed the challenge. But I know from experience that it is much harder than working out in a class. My body is going to be pushed past its comfort zone in a big way, but as much as I’m nervous, I’m also looking forward to it. I’ve wanted to take this test for so long, and have kept putting it off. The time is now!

Thanks for pushing me forward! I can’t imagine doing this without your support and encouragement.

Any words of advice for me?

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6 Comments

  1. Lisa

    That schedule looks daunting at first glance. I don’t know how you approach things, but I know I would be overwhelmed. If I could offer you any advice it would be to take things one day at a time. Don’t let the big picture scare you (I’ve trained for marathons and when I look at the number of runs and distance each week leading up to the big race it freaked me out. So I just concentrated on a week at a time – That was more doable for me).

    Good Luck! you definitely have the discipline required!!

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  2. Mystic_Mom

    When you are mentally and emotionally ready for a physical challenge like this you are ready to take it all the way! You will do great because you have the successful outcome already in your mind, because you are willing to ask for encouragement and support. You got this!

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  3. Kim

    I completely and totally envy the stomach in that picture. … sigh… must be satisfied with the body I was given.

    Otherwise I think what Lisa said is dead on. Week 6 and 7 in particular are pretty daunting looking. Use the running time as a way to work out revision issues going on in your head. Kill two birds with one stone.
    (I’m in heavy duty cliche mode today).

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  4. Cigarista

    Only do the part you need to do for today. Tomorrow will come.

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  5. Lisa S.

    Now that’s discipline!
    Can spectators come and watch your red prajioud test or is it private?

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  6. Story Teller

    You guys are all beautiful people, and I love ya! Thanks for the encouragement – my blog community is the best!

    @ Kim – that’s a bodybuilder’s stomach. I was being sarcastic when I said mine would look like that. My six-pack is coming back already, so it’ll look good, but as I don’t intend to live on brown rice and skinless chicken, protein powder shakes, and completely dehydrate myself – it won’t look like that!

    @ Lisa S – some members of my club may still be hanging around, but it’ll be private aside from them. I really don’t want anyone to watch me take this test – it’s intimidating enough as it is. Watching me fight is one thing; watching me survive this test is another. I know your intentions were good, though. 🙂

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