Train My buddy/training partner posted this to her Facebook profile this morning. And boy, did I need it.

This weekend is the Canadian Open, which is a big tournament for us. Well, it's a big tournament for everyone; the best competitors from all over North America come to this one. And since it's in our own backyard, the pressure is on for us to do well.

We've been training hard lately for this one, and are training extra this week. And it's hurting. My knees hurt, my hips hurt, my shoulders hurt, my back is stiff, I've got bruises everywhere, I sprained at least one finger (it's better now, thanks), and I'm tired. Yet I train. Because what else you gonna do, right?

I was just thinking yesterday that I needed to work differently on my forms. I spent the last few months working them hard and fast. I thought this week I should work on them slowly (but still hard), which is something I don't do nearly as much as I should. Slow, controlled, deliberate movements, working to get every body part exactly where it should be. I'm finding this difficult. My fighting was going better a week ago but Sunday and yesterday for some reason I struggled more. Maybe because I'm trying to fix a few things I'm not doing right. I find that when I just get in there relaxed and trusting my training I do better than when I'm actively working on, say, snapping my punches right back in.

Anyhow, I got up this morning (slowly and painfully), and was starting to doubt my training strategy for the week (no, not my sanity; not yet), and I saw this picture and quote...

I will get back to it this afternoon and tonight, then tomorrow, then the day after, and the day after that, and keep working on what I need to work on, and trust that when my turn comes to step on that mat Saturday and compete my training won't let me down.

Because what else you gonna do, right?