Day one has ended. It wasn't too bad since Sakasem said that I will have some trouble getting used to the thin air on the first day. He was right. In addition, my flight, which was supposed to arrive at 8:00 pm MST in Salt Lake City arrived at almost 11:30 pm. I didn't get to bed until around 1:30 am (3:30 am EST). I also ate some crappy sandwich at the St. Louis airport along with some milk and a banana. Note to anyone coming to Salt Lake City via St. Louis and American Airlines -- don't do it! Man, I was exhausted when I woke up.
The morning session was pretty light. I jumped rope with the Thai jump rope (it has heavy plastic tubing) for 15 minutes straight. We then shadow boxed for two 3 minute rounds holding 10 lbs dumbells in each hand working hand combinations. My shoulders and arms are not used to that, so I need to work on it. Then, we shadow boxed for two rounds with 5 lb. dumbells and then two rounds of one lb. dumbells.
Sem and I went into the ring where I did 5 4-minute rounds on the Thai pads, and Sem was coming at me with roundhouse kicks where I had to counter.
Next, we then went to the heavy standing bags where I delivered 50 roundhouse kicks on each leg. Then 300 sit-ups and 100 push-ups.
The evening session was a little tougher, but I managed to make it through. We started with 25 minutes straight of jumping rope.
Then, we did the shadow boxing routine as described above with the dumbells.
One round with alternating knees up and down the floor, then turning around.
The next part is where I really started to feel the effects of the altitude. We did 9 four minute rounds on the heavy bags with the following combinations:
- 5 alternating straight punches followed by 5 roundhouse kick with the power leg.
- 5 alternating straight punches followed by 5 roundhouse kicks with the front leg.
- Rear leg push kick, front leg push kick, then a side push kick.
- 3 alternating punches (leading with the cross punch)
- 4 alternating elbows, then a back spinning elbow (Sok Klab)
- At 30 seconds, continuous alternating punching.
- Take a 30 second (yes, 30 seconds!) break.
- Start all over again
Cool down is 100 jumping jacks and 300 situps. Plus one hundred alternating knees in place (stay on your toes, though!). That's it, hopefully there will be more sparring in the next few days and my wind picks up.