Why did I start training? For various reasons. Number one, because I love the competition involved in fighting. It is not a team sport. If you lose it's because you weren't not the better man. Maybe you weren't the better man because you're weak mentally, or physically, or genetically. It doesn't matter. Losing isn't a bad thing either, having what it takes to step in there is all I'm worried about. Secondarily, my dad died of Lou Gherig's disease which basically ate his body away. I'm not sure if there's anything genetic involved, but if there is, I want to be in pretty good shape before I lose control of my muscles. This is very important to me. Why am I stepping it up? Because I've been training MMA for about a year and I feel like the "new" has worn off. It's either quit now or step it up and I can't quit because I love this. Every new guy starts and says he wants to start fighting in a year. You don't see half of them back the next day and the half that do come back are gone after day two. One out of every 20 guys keeps coming back. I don't want to be the other 19 guys. Also, my training partner Morgan has a title fight on January 21. This guy is damn good and a few years younger than me. That inspires me to get in gear. I do enjoy training but I train because I want to fight. I'm not just saying that like every jabroni on Sherdog or every guy that shows up to train one day and quits. I love it and I want to fight. Anyway, he's a bad ass that doesn't look like it or act like it and I hope he wins that belt. That's what I like about fight training; it's humbling. You have to mentally be prepared for it just as much as you have to physically be prepared for it. Also, I graduate from law school and take the bar in July. In order to pass, I need to be on top of my game mentally and physically. So the plan is to train for fighting, but to use that training to get mentally fit to go in there an whip the bar exam. I'm going to do it in four phases. Phase One: This is 10 weeks of boot camp. I will work out with weights, cardio, and MMA 6 days a week. The goal is to break myself. I'll take a one week break of vegging out and then get back in for phase two. Phase Two: This will be five weeks from March 26 to April 29, 2006. I'll ease out of boot camp mode by maintaining and not increasing my workouts. I'll also start studying a lot. I'll take a two week break for finals and law school graduation. Phase Three: From May 16, 2006 to May 31 I'll basically be lighten my workout load and get ready to get ready for Phase Four. Phase Four: This is from June 1 to July 26. The bar is on July 25 and 26. I want to peak on those two days so I'll probably only do very light workouts and study 8 to 10 hours a day. I don't know where I'll go from here but if I stick to it I should be all right. Finally, I have a brand new gym half a block from my house that is $25 a month. How can you not train when it's that easy.