9.19.07 - 9.25.07 0 °F
Rain has been coming down in Phuket since the beginning of the week. Today it’s been non-stop, making it difficult to travel far by motorbike. It also make going to the beach kind of pointless. On the bright side, I’m living 40 ft from the gym and tonight we’re all going to Bangla Stadium in Phuket to watch one of our trainers fight. SuperChok (a.k.a. Lucky) will be fighting in an 8-person K-1 style elimination tournament in the 60kg class. Basically, this means the champion will have won 3 fights in a single night, giving an incentive to end each bout as quickly as possible. Regardless of the outcome, I’ve arranged to do private training sessions with Chok all next week. This also assumes that my eyes are healthy enough for training. This past week, I’ve been missing training because of mild conjunctivitis. If all else fails, I’ll just do it blind without my contacts. That should be interesting . . .
A host of other injuries have also halted training for a number of guests at the camp. At least 3 other guys have similar eye infections as myself. Rachel's ankle is jacked up from kicking improperly (she'll be touring through SE Asia while until it heals). A Swedish guy just punctured the sole of his foot from a sharp rock that speared through his flip flop yesterday. He can barely walk now. And I just saw Martin, who I've learned has been MIA for 5 days because of a rib injury. The sad part is when you get hurt from something completely unrelated to training.