Crazier shit has happened. I missed yesterday. Over the past month, I’d been looking for a new job. I have a ‘stage’ at one place but not a full-time role. Fortunately the stage has afforded me some great connections in and around the city, and with an hour’s notice yesterday, I found myself working with some very talented people. After a morning trip to the market, I raced home and threw on some deodorant (no cold shower) and jumped on my bike. I focused on breathing as I peddled the 3.6 miles to, what might be, a new place to work. It turned into a very long night. And I now have a job. It will be a place to learn from a lot of experienced people.
This morning I got up and, before coffee or breakfast, practiced breathing. I felt tired and distracted from having finished so late last night and from having skipped yesterday. But it wasn’t until I embraced the difficulty and just let go of the pressure I was putting on myself to practice that I was able to get into it. I told myself I’d stop at 3 rounds. After my third round, my times had been dropping. I was not feeling comfortable. I sat up in frustration and just slowed down. I started breathing again. I layed back down and took my time. I tried to focus on the feeling rather than trying to fight off my distractions. I was fully focused and was able to control and hold my breath much longer. It was almost like I forced myself to do it right. I don’t know. It was a weird practice but it finished on a good note.
One more thing. From training jiu jitsu I have listened to many of the great teachers. Kron Gracie is a young professional athlete and Gracie jiu jitsu fighter. He has learned a lot about breathing, meditation, and cold training from his father Rickson, who was a multi time world champion Vale Tudo fighter who competed in the Pride Fighting organization in Japan. I watched this video again last night.
The question about breathing comes at 7 minutes.
My times were 1:40, 1:30, 1:15, and then finally a comeback 2:15. All were completed with empty lungs.