Going to CrossFit last week showed me that I had lost muscle strength. I think I may have pushed just a little too hard - thinking that I could lift the same way that I did when I was lifting regularly. Three weeks of no lifting at all definitely had an impact on my strength.
It didn't take me long to realize that I was living proof of 'use it or lose it' -- I had definitely lost it.
The same realization came to me again at Kajukenbo tonight.
We haven't had Kajukenbo class for a month now. Although I have done some practice at home, and I've been going over some of the drills in my head, it wasn't until I got to class today and we practiced the moves that I realized how slow I had become. My moves were garbled. My reflexes were non-existant. It was difficult to face that reality, and believe me, getting your ass kicked (literally) over and over again is a quick jolt back to reality. It feels like I have a lot of work to do to get back to the level I was at before.
--- both for Kajukenbo and for my weight lifting.
The good news is that it's not an impossible task. All I have to do is get back to it and start practicing!