The AK fight blog series is a weekly journal from the MMAmania.com fan community featuring a behind the scenes look at "AK" as he prepares for his third professional fight on March 19, 2011. Click here if you missed week three.
Weeks until fight night: Four
Current weight: 154 lbs.
Bout weight: 140 lbs.
Here we are, one week closer to my fight.
Saturday: 8:00 A.M. Wake up feeling like absolute crap. Not only is my injured area sore as all hell (assuming from the therapy done by the specialist yesterday) I’m sick to my stomach and have some…issues. Lets just say I'm not expelling any solids from my body. Today is gonna be a useless day.
8:30 A.M. Breakfast of oatmeal, an apple and some green tea, with a multivitamin, some acai supplement and fish oil supplements.
11:00 A.M. Snack of blackberries and a protein shake.
1:30 P.M. Lunch of lettuce, spinach and chicken salad.
3:00 P.M. Snack of almonds, dried apricots and pomegranate seeds
5:00 P.M. Turkey, spinach and salsa wrap with some green tea.
8:00 P.M. Snack of cottage cheese and strawberries.
10:00 P.M. Bed.
No workout today, felt like total crap all day, and no appetite. I ate simply to keep my metabolism going, even though I didn’t keep it all down. Early to bed, hopefully tomorrow I’ll feel better.
Sunday: Still sore, still sick. Woke up every half hour last night cause of the pain caused by my injury. Not a restful night. Definitely not gonna be working out today.
9:00 A.M. Breakfast of Special K Protein Plus and blueberries, with my multivitamin, acai and fish oil supplements washed down with green tea.
10:30 A.M. Snack of a banana blended up with a protein shake.
12:00 P.M. Eat a handful of almonds and some blackberries and do some yoga.
3:00 P.M. Eat a banana and a protein bar.
6:30 P.M. Eat a turkey sandwich and some carrot sticks with some green tea.
9:00 P.M. Watch tape of my opponent, eat some dried cranberries and apricots and head to bed. I really hope this sickness passes soon.
7:00 A.M: Slept better tonight. Wake up, get ready for work and have breakfast of oatmeal and blueberries. Same supplements and green tea to go along with breakfast. Still feeling kinda sick, but not as bad as yesterday. My injury is also feeling pretty good.
8:00 A.M: Get to my job.
10:00 A.M: Snack on a protein bar and some green tea.
12:30 P.M: Lunch is a lettuce, spinach and chicken salad with some green tea.
2:30 P.M: Snack of some dried mixed fruit.
4:30 P.M: Go back home and read some of “The Fighters Mind” by Sam Sheridan. Have a handful of almonds and relax before training.
8:00 P.M: Training session.
Warm up with some shadowboxing and ab exercises, followed by some thai pad drills. Then it's time for some ground work. We work on back control, keep over-under hooks while scrambling and look for the opportunity to sink in the RNC. After working the technique of this we start live gos.
Our partner constantly tries to escape our back control and we try to maintain dominant position lock in the choke whenever the chance presents itself. Then its sparring time. We do five rounds and I focus on keeping my distance, head movement and working my jab. I take some hard body shots which due to my sickness almost make me puke. But I get through all the rounds and end the session feeling pretty decent.
11:00 P.M: Shower, drink some green tea and eat a banana and go to bed.
7:00 A.M: Wake up feeling about the same as yesterday. Not great. Slept much better last night though. Get ready for work and have breakfast of oatmeal, an apple and my supplements and green tea.
8:00 A.M: Go to work.
10:00 A.M: Snack of dried blueberries, cranberries and pomegranate seeds.
12:30 P.M: Lunch of turkey and spinach sandwich with green tea and blackberries.
3:00 P.M: Snack of blackberries and cottage cheese.
5:30 P.M: Go to the gym and do the following:
Three, five-minute rounds of shadowboxing
Three, six-minute rounds on the treadmill on an incline, increasing the speed each round
Oblique crunches on a swiss ball
Ab extensions on a swiss ball
Three sets of 15 overhand grip pull ups
Three sets of 10 underhand pull ups
Three sets of eight bench presses
Three sets of 15 weighted back presses
Three sets of incline dumbbell presses
Three sets of eight reps on the weighted rowing machine (for back strength, not the evil cardio one)
Three sets of 10 box jumps
Three sets of 10 ninja drops to jump squats
7:00 P.M: Dinner is a spinach, lettuce and turkey breast salad with a protein shake and green tea.
8:30 P.M: Eat an apple and drink some green tea.
10:00 P.M: Read some Sun Tzu and then time for bed.
Felt decent today, though I didn’t push too hard at the gym. My cardio felt good, strength is ok but some of my strength is still sapped from being sick. Tomorrow I hope to be at 100% again. As I lay in bed, thinking about my fight, the lady (who is a nurse) rolls over and puts her arm around me.
Then she sits up and asks whats wrong with me. I ask why she thinks somethings wrong, and she says “You’re heart is beating way too fast…are you ok?” I tell her I am just thinking about my fight, about how important this one is, about how I’m writing these blogs and realized that all these people are following along, pulling for me. And how I’m sick and hoping to recover fast enough to get in the last four weeks of training and make weight.
She tells me how proud of me she is and how that’s not gonna change for her or anyone else regardless of the outcome of this next fight. Makes me feel better. I don’t stop thinking about my fight though. About how I’m gonna move, about how he’s gonna move, about how I’m gonna react to what he does, how I’m gonna take the fight where I want it. “Attack whey they expect you to defend, and defend when they expect you to attack.”
7:00 AM: Wake up and find that my dreams of being at 100% today were the stuff of pipes. No dice. Actually feel worse today than yesterday. Shower, eat my morning oatmeal and supplements and off to work.
10:00 AM: Eat an apple and some almonds.
12:30 P.M: Lunch time. Chicken, ham and spinach wrap.
3:00 P.M: Snack of blackberries and cottage cheese.
5:00 P.M: Go home, drink some green tea and eat some cottage cheese.
My appetite is diminished, but again I’m eating to maintain my metabolism. My injury hurts pretty bad today, and again I’m battling with myself. Do I take time off and rest, or do I push through this? The fight is only 4.5 weeks way. I can’t afford to take time off this close to the fight, can I? But if I don’t take time off, will training half-assed do me any good?
God I hate being sick.
I decide to err on the side of caution. If I work out half-assed, I risk making my injury even worse. Pre-sickness, my cardio and strength were feeling good. I decide to take a few days off and hope to recover to 100%.
Taking the night off of course makes me crabby and irritable. But I have to listen to my body and its telling me to slow down. I’m telling it to stop being such a pussy.
The rest of the night is pretty boring. Watch some fights, read a little bit. Go to bed.
7:00 AM: Wake up feeling much the same as yesterday. This is getting ridiculous. Eat an egg white omelet, take my supplements and go to work.
10:00 A.M: Eat an apple and some cottage cheese.
10:30 A.M: Call my head trainer and tell him about my injury flaring up and how I’m feeling. He tells me to take the rest of the week off and get back to work (hard) on Monday. This does not make my mood better. Taking this many days off during training camp is not my idea of…well…training camp.
Looking like this week's blog is going to be quite boring for my fellow Maniacs out there. And for that I apologize.
12:30 P.M: Lunch of a chicken breast and broccoli.
3:00 P.M: Snack of dried apricots and fresh blackberries.
5:00 P.M: Go home, ice my injury, sit on my ass and watch UFC 52 on DVD. That one always makes me feel better.
6:00 P.M: Dinner, turkey and spinach sandwich on whole grain bread with carrots and a rice cake smeared with peanut butter.
8:00 P.M: Eat a banana and then relax in tub. Hopefully the hot water will help my injury.
10:00 P.M: Bed
7:00 A.M: Wake up and I actually feel decent. My injury is still kinda sore, but my stomach feels better. Eat some oatmeal, take my supplements and head to work.
9:30 A.M: Snack on some dried blueberries and cranberries
12:30 P.M: Lunch of chicken, ham and spinach wrap with some applesauce.
3:00 P.M: Snack of an apple and green tea.
5:00 P.M: Go home and argue with myself. I feel alright today. Do I listen to my coach and take the night off and hit the gym early tomorrow, or do I do what I want to do and go to the gym tonight? I figure my coach is smarter than me so I decide to stay my ass home tonight.
6:00 P.M: Drink a protein shake and eat a banana.
8:00 P.M: Watch tape on my opponent, go over the fight in my head from hitting pads in the locker room to getting my hand raised. This is a mental exercise I will do every day from now until I live it on the 19th.
10:00 P.M: I will go to bed after another soak in the tub. No partying for me tonight.
I sincerely apologize Maniacs. Nothing exciting or interesting in this week's blog. I promise, next weeks will be better. I can't wait to wake up and go to the gym tomorrow. This week was one of the most frustrating I’ve ever had. I’m not okay with taking time off during camp.
My weight has gone up a little, but it's still manageable. I keep telling myself that. I don’t want to worry about weight during my camp. I hope to be down to 150 or 151 this time next week.
Tune in to see if I make it.