In the past 2 months, I've trained no more than 4x times and each time at a different academy cause of my travel schedule (Santa Cruz, San Jose, Renton, New York). I'm definitely feeling the effects of being off the mat for this long as my knees are starting to ache and am feeling unsteady. I find it interesting that my old injuries are acting up instead of going away and when I'm training regularly, it's less of an issue. Besides the physical problems that I've been having, I am definitely going over some mental hurdles about my training or lack of. I could say the past few times that I've trained I wasn't at my best but I think it's more than that. Acknowledging how the promotion is effecting how others see me and how I need to step up is a big part of it. So it's an added pressure I'm putting on myself and one that I can't avoid. Ultimately it's about me coming to terms with starting at the bottom again as a newly promoted purple in a ocean of people with equal if not better skills/experience/conditioning. I'd like to have a healthy perspective on things but that doesn't always sit well with my competitive side. The side which pushes me to say I have to do better or at least hang with the guys that I'm training with. So while jiu-jitsu is still fun, it's definitely gotten more intense.
Another issue that's come up from being off the mats for this long and by choice because I'm not injured is my motivation to do anything physical after the days work. While I don't have loads of downtime, I know I could do much better about scheduling time to train but I haven't. Instead, I'm passing out by 9:30pm in front of the tv which is pretty sad or at least I think so. Not sure if it's the weather or pace of things here in NorCal but I'm definitely slower here than I am in Thailand. Maybe I need the sleep but I know I need to get back into shape as well.
Anyways, I know there will be lulls in training for a number of reasons. Right now it's work that's been keeping me away but I'm curious to know what others have experienced.
How have people dealt with these gaps in training due to injury, work, family obligation, financial issues, etc? Please share if you're willing in the comments section of this post.
If I can add a happy ending to this post is that I've made time to train tomorrow morning without fail.