day 2117 – vacation swap

picking up my parents from the airport this afternoon while getting ready to pack and swap places with them. right after dropping them off at home, i had to head out to another taekwondo blackbelt test. the only difference is this time i’ll also be taking my own pretest. i never once thought i would be going for another degree. this was a very late decision that he ambushed with so i didn’t receive the study guide until friday night

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good to have a sunny december sunday, although i hear the snow will start to fall overnight. i can call it a laid back sunday; morning spent cramming away to meet deadlines, afternoon watching and hanging out, finished off with an evening of more cramming. once i get this term over with, i can enjoy my break and christmas season, not to mention catch up on the many episodes i’ve missed

day 691 – training alone

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my alone time away from the distractions of everyone else. i like training alone cause that’s when i can usually get my best work done. but that’s also what gets me in trouble cause i always need someone to tell me not to slack off when i get distracted or watch over me to tell me what exactly is wrong and lacking. my knee is still so busted but seems like it will get little help until it is all said and done. competition day getting real close so i am feeling stressed out waiting for the poomsae draw to be posted

day 682 – night training

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a friday night devoted to training as usual. nothing that a little, or a lot of bengay cannot do for tightness and soreness to prevent me from training. ended up spending the rest of the night with the planning crew prepping for tomorrow’s meeting. i need to start stretching again after not having done so for a long time and now my flexibility is slowly disappearing. can’t let my flexibility go especially its the final stretch before nationals

day 644 – closing in

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getting closer to competition means more cramming to be done. while that needs to be done, i still must be really cautious cause my groin has still has yet to heal, which exemplifies how badly i had pulled it two months back. hoping with a little help from my friend ben, it will not affect my left sidekick too much. this is usually the time i start to feel the urgency and my stress level is soaring exponentially

poomsae uniform debut

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okay i am not going to lie, i am as tired as i look in that picture all due to plenty of last minute cramming. not to mention dealing with a completely battered body because of cramming in late night practices days before. had a severe groin pull and major pre competition mental crisis even my friend ben couldn’t help out this time no matter how many times i slapped it on myself. luckily the adrenaline carried me through my part of the competition, but my groin was immobile the rest of the way and i needed major help in every way. i was contemplating for the longest time if it was the right time to pull out my new poomsae uniform, simply because i don’t feel ready and worthy of wearing this just yet. given what i had to work with, i am satisfied with my performance and no one can deny that

day 583 – pre comp syndrome

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at the school the night before competition doing some very last minute cramming. soreness finally easing off and i am finally able to do my full poomsae for the first time in a long time. it might be a little too late because i feel the pre competition crisis taking over. one side of my sidekick is very concerning but i know i need rest so i don’t overdo it. so i will just call it a day and hope that when i wake up tomorrow morning everything will be back to normal