More Goals and Rolling with Style

Back in July, I accomplished my CFT goal for the year. And afterwards, I set a couple of new goals. One of which was to improve my mile run time by the end of September. It’s not a goal that I really trained for or worked on directly. But Saturday was the day, and it was time to test myself.

I did a good warm up and then took off. The last time I did this, back in May, my time was 7:43. My official goal was 7:20, but I wasn’t really sure of what I was capable of doing. I had my watch on so I could pace myself a bit. I hit the halfway mark at 3:20, which is right where I wanted to be. I figured that gave me 40 extra seconds for the second half if I tired and slowed. I was pretty shocked when I crossed the finish and I was only 4 seconds slower for a total time of 6:44. Nearly a minute faster! That’s a huge jump. Once again, the mind asks and the body delivers. Next up is the 300 pound deadlift goal. That one is going to take some time to work up to.

Open mat was well underway by the time I walked a bit and changed. I grabbed JR and we flow rolled for a bit to warm him up, then went a couple of rounds together. This was our first time rolling together, he’s a two stripe white belt. Good rolls. He’s got great posture and is a grip breaking machine. Tough to to attack him while I was on my back. Afterwards we chatted and played with a couple of positions that we ended in. One was the turtle roll that we covered on Thursday night. Brady saw us experimenting with it and came over and pointed out a mistake that I’ve been making. Nice to have the help.

Next up was a couple of rounds with Jason. Made me realize how different peoples styles and preferred techniques are. A sweep that was basically impossible against JR…becomes the easiest thing against Jason. It’s not something I’ve really thought about before, but it seems obvious in retrospect.