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Why do I train?

Posted 09-29-2009 at 01:46 AM by The Don
It is a simple question and a post by a fellow blogger [URL="http://www.mmaforum.com/blog.php?u=200"]Onganju[/URL], His post here . [URL="http://www.mmaforum.com/blog.php?b=304"]http://www.mmaforum.com/blog.php?b=304 [/URL]got me thinking.
Why do "I" really train. now in [URL="http://www.mmaforum.com/blog.php?u=200"]Onganju[/URL]'s post he breaks down the reasons people train. He lists Inspiration and Aspiration. so I started thinking why do I train.

To put things into contest I just recently turned 32 years old. I have a wife, 3 kids and a full time job. I am the oldest guy in my school. So what is the reason I go back. Most likely at this point in my life the chances of me having a shot at going Pro in MMA while not impossible are more then likely improbable. Becoming a world class BJJ players also the same chances. Yet I find myself in the gym every chance I get.

Now growing up I was always very competitive and in some ways this has pushed me further and harder into my training. When I first started I could barely roll 2 minutes without being gassed.. I weighed in barely south of 300 pounds. When I would play with my kids it was hard to do a lot of physical things. And for me it was frustrating.. I was an above average athlete growing up and could play most sports well. After classes I was sore bruised and could barely roll out of bed most mornings following class. But I was the old guy and I hate losing. So I would drag my but back into class. now the company I work for has a full service gym. I signed up when I first started working and went for like 3 weeks but then just stopped.. and when I got back into BJJ the competitive edge started to kick back in and I been hitting the gym on a regular basis and been training hard.
I look at my kids now that it has been close to a year I have been training and I can actually play with them and not get winded. I am not sore I can get down on the floor and get up again easily. I can roll in class for a solid 5 minutes and take a short 30 second break and go another 5 and I can do this multiple times. I now weigh in about 267 and feel much better. I can actually run 2 and a half miles and not pass out.. heck I can run 2 and a half miles and enjoy it.

I did not really know why I started training but I now know why I keep training. I want to be able to do things with my kids as they grow older. I want to compete and have fun. and I hope before all is said and done I want to look in the mirror and see a black belt around my waist one day and take those skills I have learned and pass them onto others. If you would like to follow me on my journey you can check out my blog at [URL]http://thedonsmmabjj.blogspot.com/[/URL]
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