Me again with another blog update for today!
Training has, so far, validated several preconceived ideas about the types of changes boxing elicits (and the types of people boxing creates). First, there’s the physical changes: strength, muscle conditioning, endurance, agility… you know, the body becoming a perfectly tuned fighting machine, and apex specimen of the human form. Then there’s the mental: development of confidence in varying degrees, from the humble and quietly self-assured athlete to those archetypal pillars of egotism and braggadocio. I have certainly moved some way along the spectrum in both regards since starting training a little under a month ago.
Over the long weekend, I feel like I overstepped my confidence and overestimated my fitness. I got too big for my boxing boots.
After an especially deadly session on Sunday morning, I had a friend’s birthday celebrations in the evening which somehow turned into deadly amount of alcohol and a Macca’s run at 3:00am. Monday was a predictably slow and relaxing day with mottled overtones of throbbing headache. I thought this would be sufficient recovery time before a group session on Tuesday morning.
Out of all my fellow P2P champions that registered for this session, two turned up – myself and Paul ‘Loose Cannon’ Bosiger. What I thought would be another group session turned out being an intensive personal training session. Shadow boxing was replaced with shoulder-tap sparring and getting whacked with pool noodles for not blocking properly. I didn’t know what difficult was until I finished this session. I genuinely felt like I had reached the limits of my physical capabilities.
Boxing is an incredibly demanding undertaking. For many people living with depression and anxiety, everyday life can be just as difficult behind the scenes. Feeling like the task at hand is too demanding – like your lungs can’t suck in air fast enough and you can’t lift your gloves to your face in defence – is a terrifying sensation and a tough realisation of your limits. But seeing these limits is enlightening; almost motivating. Understanding what you can’t achieve now can give perspective on what needs to be conditioned, developed and sacrificed on the path to personal achievement. This is why Beyond Blue and other Mental Health services are so important.
Welp! No more strutting around thinking I can eat and drink whatever I want. No more lapses. Total commitment from here.
Pitch, be HUMBLE.
Tom ‘80’s Speed Metal’ Kell