WCBL – Week 11


W/C 1/12

At home.  Feels a little odd as i quite like running around Buckingham Palace, and using the underground car park.  Weather has been a bit dire.

Monday – Neck and jaw still pretty bad.  The jaw’s ok really, but the neck is causing some issues.  I need to sort out a phone – work have agreed to let me use their phone for a few day’s whilst i sort something out.

Oh, had a call about Thursdays’ conference call interview, went well, it would seem.

Tuesday – A bit more movement in the neck.

Wednesday – Neck.  Improving, but don’t want to further damage things, so taking it easy. Had a rejection from a previous interview but interesting feedback.

Thursday – Really need to get moving again.  Heavy bag.  Did 15 minutes on the bag and video’d it.  This was really useful!  I could see exactly when and where my guard was dropping.  Why didn’t i do this sooner?  Took a bit of a break, then set up an interval timer to mimic 3x2minute rounds, and see what i had learnt from watching myself.

If there’s one piece of advice i would give to somebody, it would be to video yourself on the bag!

Friday – Did a few minutes of skipping, then more bag. The lead hand (left, jab) tires quickly, so spent 3 rounds mostly working the jab and keeping my right up.

Friday night, i headed over to Camden to watch the white collar ‘Londons Calling’ event, which was an awesome evening!  Good to see some of the guys n girls that i’ve been training with laying it down.

Saturday – Opted not to go to training.  Quite frankly, i want to avoid any chance of injury prior to the event.

BAGWORK BAGWORK BAGWORK SKIPPING!!!  That’s how its going to be from here on in.

To whet your appetite…here’s some footage i took on friday…

Doug (red) v Big Andy (blue) – 2 people i’ve gelled well with. Doug, as he and I are like the elders of the group… and big Andy, as we’ve sparred together a fair bit


Then Stuart Laming (blue) v  ? – Stuart’s a top lad, we hooked up on Facebook right at the start of training and have spurred each other along throughout, despite being in different training sessions.


WCBL – Week 10


W/C 24/11

Imperative now to stay uninjured and germ free…

Monday – No training.  I had a job interview in Angel :o)

Tuesday – 30 minutes skipping in the car park.

Wednesday – 30 minutes skipping in the car park

Thursday – 1.75 miles run around the area.  15m 19s.  Seemed to have maintained pace.  Plus, an interview over conference phone :o)

Friday – Back to Angel for a 2nd interview :o)  Also, it turned out to be my last day in the office.  I was literally told at 4:45pm, so barely even had a chance to say cheerio to people.  I managed to run around to see some key figures to say good bye.

Saturday – Knights Gym.  Woke up and to be honest, didn’t really feel on it.  I probably shouldn’t have gone to the gym, but I did.  And what a mistake that turned out to be.  I just  wasn’t alert at all.  Did 3 or 4 rounds of sparring, and quite frankly, regretted it.  A cracking left hook which i managed to parry with my jaw, has left my jaw still aching days later, and i can’t move my neck, seems like i have whip lash.  I quit training early.  I realised that if i continued, then i was likely to get properly injured.

I am so annoyed with myself.  I should have just skipped training for that one day.  Instead, i run the risk of having my remaining training time ruined by not being able to move my head freely.  I hope this improves within a few days.

WCBL – Week 9


W/C 17/11

The back is feeling a bit achey.  Not the dreaded twinge that’ll see me unable to walk, but also, not a normal back ache.  Going to take things a bit easy this week.

Monday – Car park session, 30 minutes skipping.

Tuesday – Rest day

Wednesday – HR meeting regarding my redundancy.  Once done, quick change and into the car park for half hour’s skipping.  Its important to keep the mind and body active, no matter what is going on around.

Thursday – Rest day (quick interview at lunchtime)

Friday – Car park session again!

Saturday – Knights Gym.  What a mixed bag of sparring.  First off, Big Andy.  Always gets me a good thud early, and that wakes me up.  I can’t afford to be hit by him too aften.  Then another spar partner who just rang rings around me and totally outclassed me.  Left me feeling really quite shit.  But, partner 3 i was in complete control of.  Weird how that happens!

So a few priority changes for me.

1. Get a few interviews lined up, and ideally, have some offers on the table.

2. Don’t let it mentally affect training/the fight.  Sure, getting a job is important.  But keeping my eye on the ball for that night is also highly up there in importance.