Fight vs. Melissa Perry (AUS), IFMA World Championships Semi Finals May 6, 2014, Langkawi Malaysia
My second fight of the tournament got moved back a day so I figured that would be the perfect time for an update. After my Round of 8 fight against Sweden on May 3rd (who I just found out won the [World Title in 2010] and is a pro.....ahhhhh) I had a few days off before my next match against Australia on May 6th.
We laid pretty low for those couple days as my teammate Janice was still fighting and Nate Smandych was set to fight. Days are pretty simple right now. Wake up, eat breakfast, do some emailing/take a nap, have an afternoon training session, eat and then head to the venue to watch fights or compete. The nights are long as the tournament does not start until 1pm in the afternoon and often goes until midnight or later. As the tournament progresses the days will get shorter as there are less athletes competing.
I think I have told most of you guys that we have to weigh in each morning we fight at this tournament so I am sticking closely to my diet and then sweating the night before and the morning of to make weight. Typical pre-fight weigh in day I will eat breakfast, train, have a light lunch and then switch to fluids only until about 6pm and then nothing after that. Ill draw a VERY hot epsom salt bath before I go to bed and in 20 min in the tub Ill lose about 1lb of water. Then I wrap myself up in my sauna suit, put a towel over my head and get into bed, tucking the covers all around me like a Kelsey taco. Depending on the day I can do another 1.5-2.5 pounds of water just laying there watching TV. Then a nice cold shower and into bed I go.
We have to weigh in between 7-9am so the fight day mornings are early, usually about a 6am wake up. I have enjoyed moving first thing in the morning so I throw on my suit and towel, head to the gym and incline walk at a decent pace for about 30 minutes. If I am on weight Ill stop there and if not one more time in the tub and I am god to go. A quick shuttle ride to the venue to weigh in and then back to the hotel to rehydrate and re-fuel. I was quite worried about cutting every morning going into the tournament but it has been a breeze so far. I am not depleted for very long and I am used to fasting from my diet so I feel pretty good.
So I weighed in on the 6th and after a huge breakfast of everything healthy and delicious I hit the hay and slept.....a lot. I was feeling quite shitty on the 5th. I ate something that my body did not like and lets just say me and the toilet were good friends for the day. I think I even had a fever...but I didn't care. I knew if I was smart I could beat whatever I was feeling so I went and bought a shit ton of Vitamin C and Zinc and pretty much just ate that and drank water and slept. My fight bout for my match against Australia was 37 so I knew I would be late that night...probably around 10pm so I had a ton of time to rest. Sleep, eat, drink, sleep, eat, drink...
We headed down to the venue early as there were several Team Canada fights on the 6th. Janice, my teammate from Calgary was in the semi finals against Peru.....4 time IFMA World Champion. I watched her fight and it was awesome. She fought so amazing against a girl with 60+ Muay Thai fights and years of competition in Karate and MMA. I was so proud of her courage, determination and her performance. It was truly inspiring to see her perform like this. Side note: last summer Janice and I had a few drinks and were talking about our goals in the sport. We both wanted to compete at the IFMA's and represent Canada and at that time it was a huge long shot. Neither one of us were ready to compete at this level but we knew we wanted to. To be sitting there less than 1 year later and watching my friend fight the 4 time world champion was one of the highlights of this trip for me.
After Janice's match Kru Trevor, Kru Rhino, and Nate squared (Nate Smandych and Nate Bodewitz) started getting me ready by rubbing me down with Thai Liniment oil. This stuff is crazy....think like tiger balm but liquid. It helps to warm up the muscles and stimulate blood flow....plus is smells super crazy so I sniff a little because it wake me up. Kru Rhino told my Nate to help and "rub here" pointing to my chest "because you married". Code for rub her chest because we are allowed. I died laughing at this point. After the oil massage I did some light shadow boxing, then geared up and hit some light rounds of pads with Kru Trevor. The game plan for Australia was simply to build off what I did with Sweden. Play the range game, make her miss and the answer back right away. I didn't do enough answering in the fight against Sweden so I was not going to make that mistake again.
The fight against Australia was a blast. I was the calmest I have ever been in a fight. I could hear Trevor the whole time and did a much better job answering back after making her miss. I dominated the fight winning all rounds. I landed my very first Acee-bo-jah (sp?) aka flying downward elbow....this has been on my Muay Thai to do list for some time so that was super fun. I also felt so much better in this fight then the one against Sweden. My first fight was the first time I have ever fought 3 x 3' rounds with 1' rest. In Calgary I usually fight 3 x 2' rounds with 1' rest. In the match against Sweden I remember thinking "fuck.....3 minutes is a long time" but that did not cross my mind once with Australia.
By beating Australia I advanced to the finals. I am to face Russia. That is a dang good birthday present if you ask me. Russia beat Finland in the match before me so I had the chance to watch her. She keeps her hands low and taunts you forward to make you think that she is open....but she is ready with an arsenal of attacks. I just have to keep fighting the way I fight and I will beat her.
Anyway, sorry for the long winded accounts of my life. A few people mentioned they really enjoyed the last post so I figured I would keep going. There is a rumour the fights might be streamed live so if they are I will send the links to you guys. Ill leave you with the view from the pool from this evening. Tough life out here hey?