So day two has come upon me and so far all I can is Wow!
Wow for the incredible people that here changing their lives. Wow for the physical endurance and strength that they have exhibited and just an all round Wow for being where I am. Some people I have met are here to improve their life. Others, to drop a lot of weight and get into shape. No matter who I’ve spoken with so far, everyone has been super friendly and absolutely EVERYONE is on the same page.
Some amazing people
Because of the jet lag (and overall fatigue) I was in bed by 10:30 last night and woke up around 5am this morning. I could literally hear the roosters crowing and can say that it was a new experience for me Getting up so early definitely has it’s advantages. The kitchen opens at 7:30 and I was able to grab a vanilla protein shake before doing BodyFit by the beach at 8. Again, wow! Running up and down a hill with a tyre in 30+ degree heat is EXACTLY what I came here for!
BodyFit was intense. It was also excruciating and made me lose my will to live. Warm-up included jogging and sprinting up and down a couple of flights of stairs, then hopping up and down the same stairs for a few more rounds. Next was my personal favorite. The “crab style” backwards pushup up the stairs. Yup yup. Ask me how that worked out. Moving along to the tyre carry up and down the stairs whilst counting down from 10 squats down to 1 with said tyre firmly held up high above your head. So now that we were properly warmed up (!) it was time to get down to business. A steep hill was the next challenge. Running up and down it was no problem. The 100 stair climbers, 100 pushups and situps however made me rethink my plan to stay here a month. Again, what had I gotten myself into?! Safe to say I have never worked so hard in my life!
Few lifebloods. Learn em fast and learn em good. Number 1. So it shall be written and so shall there be sweat. Oh.my.god the sweat. Before you’ve even properly woken up yet, you are already sweating. Only thing that helps combat the disgustingness that is bacteria and fungal infections (hey if you’ve read my blog before you’ll know I’m not one to shy away from “keepin it real”) is by using Dettol. In many different forms shapes and sizes, Dettol is the savior of your training camp experience. I got it in antibacterial disinfectant mode, shower gel and a bar soap. Wooord for the Dettol.
Second is the D-lyte. Nope, not a recreational drug or the name of a Thai…individual. But an electrolyte and magneiusm powder mix that you put into water bottle to help you keep your strength up. All I can say is that the only thing between me and imploding onto myself on that hot, sweaty, steep uphill was the D-lyte! Yaay for someone coming up with it! <3
Muay Thai training at 4 took about 2,5 hours and was absolutely brutal- left me in bits. I have never experienced the sensation where I cannot move. Physically cannot move a muscle. No amount of D-Lyte can change the kicking, punching, screaming fiesta that is beginners Muay Thai group. Somebody recommended I get a deep tissue sports massage later on today to keep me from falling apart tomorrow (either that or not being able to move methinks) so I am looking forward to some dinner with new friends, filled with good chat, laughter and obviously -protein. Hitting the Advil as we speak and my favorite sight so far on this trip. I will be lying facedown and very still for the next foreseeable 12 hours so mmm lovely pillow and earplugs.
The days saldo: 1 extremely painful open blister wound on my hand from the BodyFit. 1 sunburn. Several fantastic new people added to the friends list of life. Sore muscles but even sorer tomorrow. Let’s hope I will be able to move tomorrow.
So far off to an amazing-if not a little painful start!