What a spectacular post Xen. Every word of it is true.
It was funny because I was just thinking about this the other day, about how guys love lifting so much and are always looking to keep their maxes and muscle high while boxing or whatever.
And then I go to amateur fights, and see guys that have been boxing for a month, and they look like total shit after the first minute of the first round.
Then I see guys that have been boxing for a year, and they look like total shit after boxing for two minutes of the first round.
And I think about myself, and how long it has taken me to look reasonably good - and I've been boxing for a year and a half. And I still feel like I'm slow and suck... it's only the input of others that makes me think I look anything aside from shitty.
And then I realize that if I was too fight amateur, I might be getting in there with a guy who's been boxing since he was 9 or 10 years old, and at 17, he's done nothing but fight for literally half his life.
So really... when I get up in that ring, all those years of lifting mean exactly shit when I get my ass whipped by the skinny kid from Paterson that's never even seen a weight set but has been working the bag since he was in second grade.