Building a Brawler EP4: Back in Action!

A 10-week series following John Vallis as he prepares to fight at the Brawl on the Bund boxing match.

The holidays are over and it’s back to the regular training schedule! I’m feeling recovered and strong! This week there was a lot more contact drilling, and it was nice to start getting hit a bit. Gonna have to get used to it sooner or later, so might as well get started!

In this episode I cover the progress over the last week as usual, and the areas I’ve identified for improvement. I’m still working on optimizing recovery time, specifically by hacking my sleep to deal with the workouts later in the evening.

I also speak about getting hit more, and the kind of shift in mentality I feel is required to continue learning without getting demotivated by getting hit/beat. This week I thought a lot more about the unintended positive consequences of committing to this challenge, and though I knew there would be several, I think even I may have underestimated this component, which is awesome.

Finally, I talk a little about the strong feeling of gratitude I experienced this week. Right as I got in bed and was about to sleep, I just felt so lucky to be able to participate in a challenge like this, to have the health (and the time) to do so, that such an event/challenge existed, that so many other positive people are involved, all the positive interactions I’ve had with them, and much more. Too much to write here, so check out the episode!

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