This weekend I was huddling in a sweatshirt, trying to keep warm. Then yesterday was hot and humid. Lots of water breaks during class…
Warmup — I could lift my knees for a good while and pull my heels back for a shorter while. I did turn out so that knee was the “pushing” knee, though when I’d considered turning in, it said, “Nope!” Shrimping: 2 on the good side and then 1 on the knee side. Alligators: I went sloooooow and tall on that side (which, also, is awkward as anything because my brain wants to do it “right”), but managed. Even did single legs and single/sprawl, though slowly.
Drilling — side control escape again. Repetition is good. First, drilling the movements solo. My brain/body have a reflex going on which I assume is their attempt to protect the knee, and that is to sit up at random times. Did it during shrimping (??!!) and then again here while trying to drive the knee through. I couldn’t seem to stop myself from doing this, even though I knew it was horribly wrong. Anyway, drilled that with Gwen, going to both sides (!).
Drilling Rounds — side control escape and partner guard pass. Start with your partner in guard; they break/pass guard any way they want to side control; you do side control escape back to guard. Repeat for the entire time, then switch with your partner. Two sets of that. I couldn’t really lock my guard at all (bit of twisting that the knee didn’t like much), and was quick to get that knee out of the way so nothing would happen to it. Passing worked well with the knee, though there were a few times my body couldn’t remember which knee to move at which time.
Specific sparring — second class started with two rounds of side control escape vs. holding down. I debated sitting out, as it might have been the smarter option… but I think we’ve well established that I do not usually choose the smarter option. So I got out there, though it was quickly apparent that my body did not care to generate any power. Meh. Did notice that I have a lot of trouble just holding down from the top; I wanted to move around to mount, to north/south, to KOB, and had to remind myself to stay put.
Drilling — side control option on top when they bridge: turn to north/south and take the kimura.
Open Mat — everyone seemed to be tired and maybe dehydrated, despite the frequent water breaks with admonitions to drink a lot of water. (I had had to pause after the specific sparring round for some glucose tabs as my head was starting to hurt.) So though a few people rolled, most of sat and seemed to contemplate if we had enough energy to roll. I was torn between wanting to — the knee was feeling only a little achy — and convincing myself that I’d already done enough for one night. Intelligence got a 51% vote and carried the vote, so I took myself off home.
You know you haven’t been training a lot recently when the second set of coat hangers for your daily gis is covered with spider webs…