Wow, tempus fugit and I've not put a word in the blog yet this year. I've been lazy I guess. Just after Christmas and through the first part of February, I got a pretty bad dose of kaamos or winter blues. I didn't feel like training or even going outside. I did a bit of skiing to get fit and it certainly helped. Thankfully it seems the blues are over and I'm feeling a lot better these days.
I must say that I've been really enjoying training, whether it's taking part in a class with the beginners or a saturday's training with the more advanced people. I also went to the syllabus syllabus day and 11th anniversary party last weekend. Both were a blast!
Anyhoo, I was thinking about why I'm enjoying training so much and came to the conclusion that it's all about my mindset when I put on my black and whites. I "give myself" to the training, to the experience, to the time spent. In short, I try to get as much out of it as I can get. It's an uncharacteristically (for me) positive way of looking at things. I find myself actively looking forward to training and have a nice sense of satisfaction after we do our final salute and finish for the evening.
I'm not otherwise doing anything diferent, no extra physical stuff, nor even mental. Perhaps it's that as things stand I'm in a comfort zone and am not particularly challenged right now. Perhaps I can turn my new mindset to adapting and evolving my training so I can start to feel I'm making progress again. Early days yet.....