I got back from a very hot and sunny France at the weekend and I must say I feel very relaxed and rested. The day before we were due to go I woke up with a very stiff neck and although it slowly got better throughout the first week I didn’t think it was worth risking doing any Judo. Anyway it was stupidly hot (40c+ on some days) that I can’t imagine doing Judo would have been much fun. Also I think a two week rest without any exercise can do the body good and I feel really energised now and looking forward to Judo on Thursday. I got a weights session in on Monday and Tuesday and have that lovely ache that reminds me that I have worked my muscles properly. Tomorrow I have an hour of pad work (boxing) with the Gym instructor, which I always look forward to. Oh and I weighed myself yesterday and I haven’t put on a pound even though I have gorged myself on bread, cheese, beer, wine & Ice Cream for the last two weeks, much to the annoyance of my wife.
My main club is open again from next Tuesday and my goal for this term is to hopefully get my blue belt (2nd kyu). I have noticed, since I got my green belt, that the brown belts now see me as fair game whereas, when I was an orange belt they normally held back in randori and let me throw them. I can therefore imagine that life as a blue belt will be that little bit harder but I’m looking forward to the challenge.