Prepping for Black Belt Class

Tomorrow is Saturday and Saturday means Black Belt Class. At the crack of dawn. 8:00. In the MORNING! Crazy.

I have never been a morning person. Ever. It’s hard enough to get my brain going early in the morning (and usually I don’t even try), much less get my body moving. I’m not coherent before mid-morning.

So how does a girl who rarely makes it to work before 8:30/8:45ish manage to attend an 8 am class? I bet my boss is wondering the same thing! I don’t think she reads my blogs so this will stay just between us.  ;)

It’s all in the prep! Before I go to bed I will choose what I’m wearing for class, as well as what I’m wearing for the commute. I’ll lay out exactly what goes on my body after my shower and pack everything else in my gym bag.

Sadly, even this plan isn’t fail proof, as one time I got to the dojo and didn’t have my gi, but Hanshi was kind enough to lend me one of his. I was hoping for some 9th Degree Black Belt mojo in that borrowed gi but that morning I learned the mojo is in the person, not the cotton. :)

I’ll put my gym bag, weapons and water jug at the top of the stairs so I don’t leave without them. I really am that muzzy in the morning! If I didn’t put things where I’d trip over them, they’d be left behind. Tonight I’ll pack a couple of snacks for the morning and put protein powder in the shaker. Blended protein shakes take an extra 5 minutes, which is asking a bit much of me in the morning so I’ll have the not-so-tasty shaken shake.

Before I go to bed I’ll set my usual 3 alarms – 1 with music, 2 with annoying tones. Speaking of annoying tones, it might be time to change those up; I’m becoming immune to them. And then I will attempt to go to bed earlier than my normal 11:30 pm and please, please, please beg the sleep fairy to visit.

Tomorrow, when all 3 alarms have gone off and I’ve hit all the Snooze buttons too many times, I’ll drag my butt out of bed, take a shower so I can be clean before I get all sweaty, pop some Aleve and slurp a protein shake on the way to the dojo. I’ll be Little Miss Sunshine when I arrive, and all the other students will be joyous to see me! Well, maybe “joyous” is a bit too enthusiastic, but hey – a girl can hope, right?

Now that I read all that, it seems like a LOT of work just to over-exert myself at some crazy-early hour! But it’s two months to my next Black Belt Test and I need the extra workout. Just to make sure I get there, I’ve got some incentives. After class I’ll reward myself with a pedi and a massage on Sunday. And maybe a nap. Most likely a nap!

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2 thoughts on “Prepping for Black Belt Class

  1. Hey! I just discovered your website. I’m a jiu jitsu gal, but I love reading about all sorts of women who do Martial Arts!

    Mornings are tough. Actually, just last night i was talking to my LDR boyfriend and we were discussing where he’s moving to – he’ll be near Washington DC and I’ll be in Seoul. Lovely. So basically our general choices are – I talk to him around 9pm (which means RUSHING from jiu jitsu class), or waking up super early. I can get up FOR people – but for myself is much much rougher. Bed is a sweet, sweet mistress with a warm embrace.

    I have found that a helpful iPhone app is Sleep Cycle. It goes off when you’re in a lighter mode of sleep. Less jarring. I literally never have the GASP AWAKE jolts that I used to.

  2. “Bed is a sweet, sweet mistress…” I love that!! It’s so true. It feels like my best sleep comes when the alarm is about to go off. Even the dog sleeps through the alarm, so he’s no help.

    I’ll check out the Sleep Cycle app. I didn’t know there was such a thing. I’m all for anything that helps me get up.

    It’s nice to meet you! Thanks for reading my blog. Hope things work out with you and your boyfriend in very different time zones!

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