Coach Ian – Week in Review 10/02/2022
Fight recap: Art Amirkhas vs Kevin Boon
Congrats to Art Amirkhas for competing at the Ohana Showdown. Art, at 46, was competing for the first time in many years as he had one fight over two decades ago. Art dropped a decision, but put forth a great effort in front of his friends and family that we are all proud of!
What I’m Reading:
Inside the Ropes of Boxing: A Boxer’s Guide to Boxing, by Lucas Ketelle
Boxing is a sport in which it is so hard, so personal, it requires a lot of moral fiber to survive. Boxing is a truth chamber, and your greatness and weakness will be on full display. Consider the image of a fishbowl. You are the fish inside the bowl and everyone can watch everything you are doing. If you have traits that are not desired by others, it will be hard to hide those traits in the boxing ring. In this way, we can say that boxing has the potential to reveal who you are.
- Lucas Ketelle, “Inside the Ropes of Boxing: A Boxer’s Guide to Boxing”
Congratulations to Bay Area boxing reporter Lucas Ketelle (Inside the Ropes) on the release of his latest book, a guide to help our future amateur athletes get into the sport of boxing!
What I’m Training for:
The New York Marathon (11/6), followed by the Monterey Bay Half Marathon (11/13)
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Shoes I’m Training In:
I’m alternating between three pairs of shoes, all with a different mm heel drop. I believe it’s good to switch up your shoes to build stability in different muscles. In training, I will be alternating between the following shoes:
- Zero-drop: Altra Rivera 2 (0 mm drop)
- Mid-drop: Karhu Fusion (6 mm drop)
- High-drop: New Balance (8mm drop)
Note: I will be receiving the Karhu Fusion through the Big Sur Marathon Foundation and have yet to try them!
Here is a good summary about how different heel to toe drop measurements impact running.
One of the benefits of wearing lower heel drop shoes, is the potential to improve cadence and improve running form, preventing overstriding, which can cause some knee issues.
I haven’t worn Altra’s in years, so it may take some adjusting to the 0mm drop. For example, I’m definitely getting more sore in my calves now than I have in the past. But I’m really liking training/walking in my Altras, so I think I’m going to end up logging the most mileage in these shoes before race day.
My tentative plan is to swap out my shoes as follows:
- Altra: 50% of miles
- Karhu: 25%
- New Balance: 25% + race day
That’s very general, of course. I’ve never logged my shoes in my Strava app – I’m thinking of starting!
Food I’m Trying:
I’m a big fan of simple, clean ingredients and this one looked great! It’s not something I’ll have every day, but something I can treat myself to.
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Coach Ian’s Classes:
As you may know, I am currently donating my time to host virtual online boxing classes for the members of our 501c(3) non-profit boxing gym, Dreamland Boxing. As an active member of Dreamland, you will receive the materials and video recaps of each lesson through my website under the “Premium Drills” section.
Join me for a class on Fridays at 4:30PM!
Our practices this week featured the following:
- Generating power from the hip
- Sitting on punches
- Moving forwards and backwards
- Being able to punch moving backwards
- Maintaining distance
You can view our full practices here.
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