After I get out on the 10th, I will have almost 4 months of downtime.
No work, no school, no real responsibilities. In a way, it is freeing, but also very much upsetting. I like to stay busy. I like to keep my mind and body under a certain level of strain. and I'm not exactly sure how I'm going to do that in the TriCities.
I know for damn sure I am going to miss training MMA. There are a few very new upstart gyms, but none really seem to focus on groundwork. There are also two boxing gyms, but the one closest to m,e wants $90 a month, just for boxing. In addition to striking me as outrageous, this is a lot of cash on an unemployed budget. I do believe there is an actual judo club in town though, which I can see being a place to share some of my newaza knowledge as well as learning pretty throws.
But I think the main physical journey may be a bodybuilding.com 12-week transformation challenge. With 12 weeks of dedicated training, having time to prep my meals, and all the training time a boy could ask for, I don't see it being impossible for me to break the 200lb mark while leaning out from where I am now. For a $100k grand prize, it is definitely worth a shot.
As for the mental side, I think I am going to pick up Dave Camarillo's books "Guerilla JuJitsu" and "Submit Everyone," as well as teach myself a good bit of HMTL5.
I'm happiest when busy, and I am not going to let this process bum me out.