Round 1: Meet My Coach

I’m not much of a sports fan. I’ve never watched an entire football or basketball game in my life.

But I was intrigued by the TV show ‘White Collar Brawlers.’  They take a couple of guys, who have never fought before, train them, then let them go at it in a boxing ring.

So I decided to take up a similar challenge. For the next six weeks, I’ll be training with two time world boxing champ Molly McConnell at her northeast Portland gym. Then, I’ll step into the ring for the first fight of my life against another amature boxer.

“Six weeks isn’t really long enough to train from zero to an actual fight, but I think in six weeks we can get you to the point where you’ll feel fit and confident in doing three one minute rounds”  McConnell told me.  And that’s fine. I don’t think people realize how much coordination and endurance goes into what these boxers do. My coach agrees.

“I think the thing people under estimate is the conditioning. That’s the part that’s the most difficult, and once you get in and start sparing, I think you’ll know what I mean. Your legs are going to get tired, your arms are going to get tired, your lungs are going to burn, it takes a lot more energy. One minute might not sound like a lot of time, but probably by the third round, it’s not going to feel that way.”

I’ll be blogging about my new adventure here at KXL.COM and you’ll hear reports on Portland’s Morning/Afternoon News. As I start my training  I’ve been re-watching ‘Rocky’ and its sequels (yeah, it’s a cliché, I know) , but I love this quote:

“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”

I don’t know if I’ll ‘win’ this fight, but I hope to keep moving forward-

dan

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