Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok October 24th 2017

Today was the last day of the shortened trip. It was a really good day. The dinner last night was great and I slept straight through the night for the first time. I got to the gym right at 7 so I could start my 12 laps. I kept thinking that these would be the last laps I'd be running at 7 in the morning for a long time, so that helped get through them. the normal routine held today, with jumprope next and then the pads for 5 rounds. First 3 were really strong with few breaks, but needed a little more time in the last two. Ajarn still kept pushing for everything I had. And I still had to do pushups between rounds. Three rounds of the limited weights and the 100 sit-ups rounded ... read more
Real kicking
Champion - Prakeipet
My trainers

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok October 23rd 2017

Looks like I forgot to save my earlier typing from lunchtime.... Save and save often. Overnight there were big thunderstorms. The lightning and thunder were close enough to wake me up at least 3 times last night. As has been the norm lately, the rain stopped and the morning cleared to make my way to the gym with no umbrella needed. Been having trouble eating and sleeping this trip. It's been causing me to have not enough energy to get through the sessions. And now with the new week, the morning was running 12laps today, and seemed to take forever. The heat and humidity are back and the sweat just runs off me in rain showers. Remind me not to complain about Savannah's weather. The jump rope was really tough to get through after that too. ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok October 22nd 2017

Today was a busy day. No training today but a planned bike tour in the old city and to Wat Arun, The Temple of Dawn. It was good to have a break today, but when I woke up and looked out the window at about 5:00am, It was overcast and rainy. That did not look good for a bike ride. Since I had nothing else planned, I pressed on. As the morning wore on, and I was ready to head down for a taxi, the clouds thinned out, the rain stopped, and the sun came out. The taxi ride was quick, making me wish I had told him to put on the meter instead of bargaining for a price. Live and learn... By the way, on the way back, I did use the meter and it ... read more
Blessing by a Monk
Wat Arun

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok October 21st 2017

A beautiful clear morning today, which means its gonna be hot on the run. And it was. The training schedule is really strange, any other foreigners seem to show up later, with 3 showing up today at almost 8:00. That was when I had been wrung out of sweat by the run and jumping. The rounds were only 4 today, and I was a little winded in them. Then weights, sit-ups and pushups. Still managed to leave at about 9:30. Starting to add up bruises and small injuries. Yesterday, I mis-hit on a kick to the pads and have a bit of a strain in my foot but it's better now than it was this morning when I woke up. Just getting ready to head back for the afternoon session and there was a torrential downpour ... read more
Jomhod and his belts

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok October 20th 2017

Friday here at last. A nice sunrise to start the day. Ended up at the gym a little early, so I had a few minutes to go find the gym dogs and give them their daily treat. The gym was very quiet this morning, dont know if its because its Friday, or the fighters injury yesterday or what. One of the trainers was setting up the water jugs, sweeping, and hosing everythin down, but no one else in sight. Jogging waits for no man, so onward. On the 8th lap there was a very light sprinkle, so it was time to jump rope. While jumping the gym started waking up. Themorning mist stoped, so the laps two laps were completed. Time for pads.... Four rounds of that, then it was 3 rounds of boxing with my ... read more
Spirit House at the gym
Lunchtime for me

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok October 18th 2017

After a well needed afternoon off, its time to get back to it. The morning is a beautiful sunny day, and strangely it might even be described as comfortable. I dont think I've ever used that word to describe the temperature here in any of the trips. It's crazy, there was a nice cool breeze coming up the BTS steps, but that was soon forgotten arriving at the gym. Even though it wasn't nearly the 115 heat index from last year, and the temperature was only 85F (probably hotter in Savannah) the sweat still pours out. After the 10 laps and 10 minutes of jump rope, if you can imagine stepping out of a nice cool pool and watching the water drip off your body before you towel off - that's what it's like here. My ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok October 18th 2017

working towards a normal eating and sleeping routine. Last night I was falling asleep while typing and don't even remember finishing before falling asleep probably about 8:20 by the clock on the Fitbit. woke up about 12:30, but fell back asleep until 4, so that is the longest I've sleep since I've landed here. Hotel internet is not connecting so it makes it tough to update. Luckily, i decided to take the afternoon off from the gym. I think the extra time to recharge will help for the next few days. I'm sore, and the bruises are starting to surface. So today, a real lunch for a change at the Australian Pub. And no time constraint, its a luxury. So for the morning training, it was the normal 10 laps, which took about 35 or 40 ... read more
Running Track
Jogging start

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok October 16th 2017

Once again, awake at about 1:30, but since I was asleep at 8, I stayed up. Cleaned up some clothes and random housekeeping stuff to get ready for toady. Also did lots of water loading, and stretching to hopefully avoid those painful cramps from yesterday. Weather looks ok so far, but I think it rained last night. A couple things I've learned, you can not drink too much water here. And that no matter how much you've trained, or how good of shape you think you are, the first day here just kicks your butt. The morning session went a little better today. I got to the gym a little earlier to do the jogging just a little slower. While I was running, I saw my trainer walking in with his dogs and no hello or ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok October 15th 2017

This is gonna hurt..... I'm already tired. Woke up at 1 last night, but did get back to sleep at 3. The Fitbit says I logged 12.5 miles yesterday. Wonder how much that goes up today. Weather looks good so far, I just don't want to jump rope forever..I'm sure there will be 15 minutes of it after running this morning though. breakfast is crazy packed, looks like tour groups today from the number of busses in the lot. Time to head for the skytrain, just me and my butterflies.... Well, I was right. It hurts. I couldn't even write and update at lunch, and wish I did because all I want to do right now is sleep. The morning session was 9 laps and 10 minutes jump rope. That really wasnt so bad, and the ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok October 15th 2017

Morning in Bangkok at the breakfast buffet. A popular place especially at 7:30 in the morning. Sleeping is way out of whack and no doubt will be looking for some serious afternoon nap today. Not much luck sleeping on the long flight to Seoul, but couldn't keep awake on the short flight (4 hours) to Bangkok. Korean air has probably the worst airline food and TV/movie selection I've experienced yet. But for the price of the ticket, I couldn't beat it. I paid $200 more for the trip here than I did recently for a round trip to Atlanta. How does that make any sense at all? Seems the rains have been heavy in the north, and there is talk of flooding, but not in Bangkok. I did see shops have stacks of sandbags outside their ... read more
Skytrain to Gym
Eminent Air

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