Good things are coming my way this year. I know it.
Nationals did not turn out how I had envisioned; but, in a judged sport, anything can happen. You live, learn, and move on.
Since Nationals I have had two more fights, which both went very well. I have also travelled to Los Angeles twice, and have been sparring at the Wild Card gym with some fellow boxers who are in my weight class.
February 6th and 7th will be my next fight for the Tachoma Golden Gloves title. I will be travelling with the Western Canadian Team and my head coach, Scotty Jackson. This summer I will also be heading to the Ringside World Championships again, the Canadian National Golden Gloves and a few more big tournaments to gear up for the 2016 Nationals.
Keep any eye out for me in 2015 because it’s going to be my year!
National’s has been my goal since the beginning. May 9th and 10th was the 2014 BC Provincial Championships.
Making weight was a challenge, but I’ve been told that it will be much smoother the second time around. I was over weight by one pound in the morning of weigh-ins, but between the sauna, sweat suit and my jump rope the last bit of water weight was squeezed out of me to make 48kg.
Nationals will be held October 28th in Ontario and I will be representing British Columbia at 48Kg. Between that time and now I will be very busy with tournaments across North America to rack up the experience to take home the gold.
In two weeks I’ll be competing in the Western Canadian Championships in Red Deer Alberta.
This is a quote that my strength coach, Carmen, shared with me last month (which was slightly modified) that I now have posted on my wall at home. It is a quote by Thomas Plummer.
One of the big lies we tell the children is that you can have everything you want in life.
The truth is that you can’t have everything you want, but you can have what you want.
Separation in life between those who achieve success in all levels, including family, financial, and personal development as a human being comes down to one world, “commitment.”
Many people seem to be dabblers in life.
They start careers, but don’t commit to being the best in that career.
They start families and then stray away or work until the family is lost.
They open businesses that are doomed from day one because they were never all in to making it work.
We want everything but commit to nothing.
Your goal in life should be to chase the two or three things that really matter to you and make a commitment to be the best there ever was in those things.
Look at everything you are doing in life and ask yourself if these are the things you are willing to dedicate your life to or are these the things you are simply doing because that is what was in front of you at the time.
Cut your list down to only 2-3 things that you want your life to be about.
There is only one true way to TRAIN AND COMPETE and that is all in and dedicated to being the best there ever was at the very few things you chose to do.
There are lots of competitions coming up in the next 4 months that I will be competing in. I am excited to finally be able to commit to my goals, by taking a break from school, to work on my boxing career.
I experienced my first lost in my boxing career two weeks ago. This was also my first loss in an individual sport. Loosing on a team sport is nothing compared to an individual sport. No one ever tells you how hard it is, especially the next day after the competition!
The fight was a war and looking over the footage, I was very pleased with how I looked and how much I have improved since my last fight, in July. I was throwing 3-5 punch combinations and landing every punch.
As much as you mentally prepare to win a fight, you never plan on loosing and I think that I was so mentally prepared to win, that when I lost, I didn’t really know how to respond. Although I was upset, I stayed rather positive after the fight, but that evening, I was up lying in bed until 4am. My mind was racing, going over everything that happened in the fight and that evening. At 2:30, I was writing like a mad woman in my journal about exactly how I felt going into the fight, between rounds and what I needed to do to win the fight and improve in the future. The win was by no means unattainable. It was there for the taking. I wasn’t prepared for that particular style of fighter and although I landed clean shots, my opponent was the aggressor.
So what do you do when you lose? Quit, and be all upset and let your world crash around you. No. You rebuild, set new goals and learn from the experience.
You’ll always learn more from a Loss than you ever will from a Win.
Now this is an interesting one. Sometimes I look at my life and all of the struggles I’ve been through and get upset or frustrated that other people seem to have it easy. And while it feels like more often than not, shit is hitting the fan for me (for a lack of a better phrase), others are coasting by in life. Their issues seem minute to the hurdles that I’ve been trying to get or have been over.
This line came up in a conversation with my strength coach and I last week.
“The world only deals you what you can handle.”
When you truly think about this, there is a lot of truth to it. When a challenge is present we always manage to rise to the occasion. It may take a while, and feel like a never ending task. But some way, some how, life continues on. And it’s through these challenges that we face, that we become that much wiser.
So, next time the world deals you a shitty hand, remember that it wouldn’t give you something that you weren’t capable of handling.
I’ve decided to be more proactive with my blog by doing bi-monthly posts of how my training and other aspects of my life are going.
These past 4 months I have helped with cornering a few fights, and as any trainer knows, the information that is passed onto your fighter in that one-minute break is crucial to their success in the ring.
So hence the name of my blog “In Ev’s Corner” you might notice that in some of my upcoming posts I will be posting these little tid-bits of take home information. It will be of things that I have learned through certain experiences either in the ring or in my personal life.
Get ready because some of these knowledge bombs may be heavy.
Don’t forget that life is about the journey, not the destination!
These past few months I have learned a great deal about training and in particular the importance of strength training. Strength is key. Without proper strength development, you will not reach your full potential and will be more susceptible to injuries.
Safety is of the utmost importance. Before you can lift heavy objects you must first have proper movement competency. If you can’t do a proper squat or lunge with a straight spine, you won’t be able to perform a loaded squat.
We must first establish spine stabilization prior to strengthening the body. (Cook, Grey 2010)
Once these movement patterns have been corrected, load can then be added. Without muscular strength there will be limited gains in muscular endurance, explosive power and speed. Weak muscles cannot repeat an action several times or be able to sustain it. In order to have muscular endurance, you must have muscular strength.
Improving overall muscular strength leads to increased muscle endurance, power, muscle tone, and tendon and ligament strength – all of which help to improve and maintain everyday functional physical capacity. (Hoeger & Hoeger, 2010, p. 232)
Don’t overlook the importance of strength training in your workout routine.
I am very excited for January 2013! I will be starting to work with my first strength and conditioning coach. I know that this will bring my conditioning and strength to the next level for competeting.
So I’m now half way through my first semester back in school. It has been quite the adjustment getting back into study mode after working full time for 2 years, but everything is going well. This time around, I really feel like this is what I should be learning. I am much more passionate and love how almost everything I learn can be applied to my training.
Training has been slow since my fight in August as the new gym isn’t open yet. During that break, I trained down in LA for a bit and I have been doing my own thing with a few close friends. Unfortunately a hand injury that I had last August has returned, so I am in the process of healing. This time trying to figure out the cause, (as it was not clearly resolved last year) and how I can prevent it from returning.
It really is amazing how an injury can set a person back, not only physically, but also emotionally. I have come to realize that I must first accept the fact that I am injured before any change will occur. Being in constant denial about the situation only makes you more upset and sets you back further. This entire process of change will eventually lead to growth, which in my opinion is one of the most important things in life.
I hope to be back in the gym, healed within the next two weeks. Lots of active stretching, and prevention by dealing with muscular imbalances is the current prescription. I am also getting back on the road – Just because my hands don’t work, doesn’t mean that I can’t use me feet. So watch out boxing world because I’m on a mission to be the National Champion and nothing is getting in my way.
Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goal. —Vince Lombardi
A lot has happened in the past couple of months. The gym that I used to train out of was shut down, and in doing so left lots of athletes and kids without a place to train.
A charity event was created to help raise money for our new club.
This was a service industry based charity, where anyone who works in the service industry was able to try out for the opportunity to train as a boxer to have a potential fight. Meanwhile raising a certain amount of funds to be eligible to compete on fight night.
I helped with coaching on Friday mornings and after my training in the evenings when I could. It was great to see the contenders transform, loose weight and start to look and move like boxers.
Contenders trained for over 3 months, and the public voted on who they wanted to see fight.
One of the contenders whose opponent was unable to compete, was very committed to not only raising funds for the club, but to her training. Because of her dedication and drive to compete, my coach put her as a potential match up with myself.
…and low and behold the public wanted to see it happen.
We were the first bout of a scheduled 14, and the venue was absolutely incredible.
It felt fantastic to dance under those lights, since my last fight was over a year ago. I boxed nicely and controlled the fight with fast, well-timed combinations.
Now I can’t wait to get a real fight!
The charity event was a huge success and in September our club will be finding a new location to start anew. I also plan on racking up those long needed fights.
For the past month I have been getting my health back and slowly building up strength to get into fighting shape.
Like anything in life there will always be minor hiccups and things that slow you down from reaching your goals.
“An obstacle is what you see when you take your eyes off the goal.”
I’m trying to look at all the so-called “setbacks” that I have experienced in boxing not so much as something that has slowed me down from achieving my goals, but rather as lessons learned (some much harder than others) that have made my grow stronger and wiser.
I don’t particularly like the saying “go with the flow” but sometimes if you’re forcing something to happen, and are continually pushing deeper and deeper, it will just fire right back at you with even more force.
A result of over training and essentially having a “manic” mentality as my coach put it last week, is not always best.
It’s okay to have goals and aspirations and be passionate about something, but you can not let it consume you.
I’ve always been one to give things 110% if I am truly passionate about it. And boxing is definitely one of those things. But at what point does it become too much?
I will not stop boxing anytime soon, but I am now taking a new approach to my training that will help my overall health and mentality.