How far would you go to become a champion? Would you do what’s necessary to succeed, or would you let the temptation of comfortable living get the better of you?
I’m writing this post because a friend of mine is going through a burnout phase. She’s an elite athlete (not a fighter), and when I bumped into her the other day I could see in her eyes the same look I had a few years ago.
Okay, so I’ve been asked by a friend to write a post about how this whole fight stuff works.
It didn’t occur to me that not everyone who reads my blog is a fighter or is involved with this sport, so I can appreciate where my friend is coming from and will definitely do my best to explain things.
You’re ready to step into the ring. You’ve trained hard for a number of weeks. You’ve done everything right, prepared well and it’s fight time. You’re finally facing your opponent in the ring, the bell goes and you’re off. You fight hard, emptying the tank in every round. When the fight ends, they announce the winner but it’s not your name that’s called out – it’s your opponent.
The Fighter Diaries is a ten part, personal account of the fighting experience from the moment of accepting a fight, through training camp, right up until the fight itself. No other individuals apart from my trainer and I have been named.
It’s been several weeks since I accepted the fight and I’m now halfway through training camp. Things are going steady.