Building a Brawler EP10: Beast Mode!
In a couple days, it’ll all be over.
What a great journey it has been, and just a few days until fight night.
At this point, the hard work is done, and it’s just about staying sharp and fresh.
The final week has been mostly sparring for me, building up my ‘ring cardio’ and sharpening things up. There’s not much you can learn and actually integrate into your game in just one week, so again, the focus has been on polishing what is there already.
Other than that I feel lean, strong and fast — ready for battle.
Final Body Metrics:
Start Weight: 88.5KG
Start Body Fat: 15.6%
End Weight: 84KG
End Body Fat: 12.5%
I’ve been mostly focused on preparation lately, so I haven’t reflected too much on the whole experience. Besides, I’ll do most of that when it’s all over (and do a ‘Week 11’ post). But like I’ve said in the past, it’s interesting to notice all the internal chatter that goes on as a large challenge looms. On the one hand, this is exactly the sensation that I was seeking when I signed up for this. To challenge myself, to put something scary on the horizon and rise to the test, work hard, overcome fear, and learn about myself more deeply than before. Of course, it’s easy to romanticize about that journey at the beginning, and it sounds good on paper, but then the reality of it all begins to set in, and you realize, ‘oh yeah, this is REALLY going to challenge me, to push me beyond my limits, and it’s GOING to be uncomfortable. There are GOING to be aspects about it that will make you second guess your decision, maybe even try to convince you that it isn’t that important. But, I believe, this is the monkey mind. The little comfort-seeking rascal inside you that wants you to preserve a certain image of yourself, regardless of the ‘truth’. It becomes clear that even if the reason for embarking on this kind of challenge wasn’t entirely obvious at the beginning, it is now, and it’s exactly that little rascal that you wanted to shake up, or to get greater control over, so that more of ‘you’ can emerge. As the fight draws near, he seems to make his final last-ditch efforts to stay relevant, and though it’s not necessarily easy (despite understanding the process underway), it’s pretty awesome to be able to gain control over that dude and put him in his place, and show him who the REAL boss around here is:) Does that make any sense?
That’s me signing off. I’d like to express a sincere thank-you to everyone who has followed along during the series, I hope you enjoyed it! Would also like to say how grateful I am to those sponsors who have been ‘in my corner’ supplying me with some of their amazing products during training.
Wish me luck! I’ll be back next week with a recap on the whole experience….now if you’ll excuse me there’s a trophy I need to go winJ
Quote of the Week:
“F.E.A.R: Forget Everything and Run?…nah, Face Everything and Rise!”
“F.E.A.R （恐惧）： Forget Everything and Run？（忘掉一切并逃避？）…nah （不）， Face Everything and Rise！（面对一切并反抗！）”
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