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Mini-Post: Just In Time For The Taikai...

Well, this week has not started off on a good note.  Friday, as I was doing some suburi at home, I suddenly felt all my energy leave me.  When I started to get up (I was sitting in seiza), I felt super dizzy, and things went downhill from there.  Turns out I had a bout with the flu, which lasted all through the weekend and through yesterday.  I was not able to make it to practice last night, and I was also informed that there will be no practice on Wednesday.  With the UW Taikai on Saturday, the only other time I'll be able to practice will be Friday night in Bellevue when we head over to the coast.  For me, this is both good and bad.  Bad because I feel like I'm going into this weekend without being properly warmed-up.  Good, though, because it gives my leg and muscles a little extra time to heal up.  If anyone caught my post last week, you know that I pulled the muscle in my left leg, and was not able to fumikomi properly the rest of the practice.  But since then it's healed up quite a bit.  When I lunge forward too far I can still feel the soreness, but for normal everyday movements and running there's no pain.  So I think that as long as I don't overdo anything I should be fine this weekend.

So, in the absence of proper practice this week I'll be doing more home suburi, as well as my normal core exercising and other things I do when I'm not at the dojo.  I feel ready for this weekend, but I just want that little extra push to give me that confidence in myself I'm looking for.


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