An encore post from Colahan’s Martial Arts, January 22, 2011
5:45 am – The alarms are going off already? Crap. What meetings do I have today? Do I have to be in at 8 or is 8:30 acceptable?
5:46 am – Wait – it’s Saturday; no meetings today. Good! But I am going to the hombu, and classes start at 8.
7:14 am – If this car in front of me doesn’t move it, I’m going to be late. Goody – now that I can pass, they decided to drive over the speed limit.
7:50 am – “Good Morning, Michele!!” Yippie. Sensei’s wide awake. This does not bode well for the workout.
8:03 am – A young Gumby is leading warm-ups. Hope we stretch!
8:12 am – Drills up and down the floor, and Miss Morning Person is not even awake yet.
8:36 am – What am I – crazy???
8:50 am – Kata, self-defense, kata, self-defense…
9:09 am – How many more minutes in this class? I can hardly hold my arms up.
9:25 am – I’m done. Brown/Black Belt class is almost over.
9:58 am – Watching jujitsu and wishing I was doing the class too. Paying attention and learning a couple things from my seat in the Peanut Gallery.
10:30 am – Family open class. This time Miss Morning Person’s leading warm-ups; we stretch.
10:35 am – 50 more crunches, 40 more push-ups.
10:50 am – More kata. Kata is deceptive – looks not-so-bad, but is quite the cardio event.
11:15 am – Self defense with Lauren and laughing because she has the funniest hiccups I’ve ever heard!
11:30 am—Gearing up for sparring. I have lots of padding because I have lots of me, so it takes awhile.
12:00 – Ruben beats me up. What is he – 7? 9? He’s a little gizmo – full of pep.
12:16 pm – Sparring class over. I survived intact.
1:15 pm – Lunch with friends. Conversation about karate and life.
4:00 pm – At the gym, sitting in the hot tub and thinking to myself, “Yeah, this has been a good day! When can I do it again?”