When you ask any competitor what their least favorite part of training camp is, you’re likely to get a different answer from each of them. It’s either the diet, or the workouts, or the sore crappy feeling the next day. For me personally, I hate missing out on social events. This is something that I don’t think many people will be able to relate to.
Life doesn’t stop just because you’re getting ready for a fight. I will always get an invite to go do something during a training cycle, it’s inevitable. Unfortunately, I decline more often than not. This may sound selfish, but my rest days are well earned, and for many of them I want to do just that, rest. That more often than not means not leaving my apartment for anything. There are definitely days where that is the best decision though.
I think more than anything I hate it because I end up feeling guilty. You start to feel like your friends might think you don’t want to hang out with them, but nothing could be further from the truth. Due to certain events in my life over the last 5 years or so, I actually want to spend as much time as possible with them. It’s just hard to explain how some days you just don’t even have the motivation to go out anywhere, or how you’d rather not hang out when everybody else can eat or drink whatever they want. While that all does suck, I’m trying to make more of an effort to do things with people this training camp. I missed a few things this weekend, and while that was probably more to do with vacation than training, I still hope to make it up to those people soon.