Call it maturity, focus, laziness or whatever you will, I've gotten to a point where I prefer to concentrate on one area of improvement at a time. This whole journey from white to blue, I've totally fallen off morning workouts. Yep...for 2 years. Partially because at first, my body couldn't handle any additional work. The second year though? I just didn't want to be disciplined enough to go to bed on time so I could get up early enough to knock out 20 min or so of exercise.
Don't get me wrong...I tried to...FlowFit was mandatory for me to get me a bit more mobile, but after the turf toe, that fell apart. I had brief stints with morning stretching routines, but nothing has stuck. I had dreams of all kinds of squat thrusts and lunges and pull/pushup challenges, but kept nothing going. And I'm 100% fine with that. I've thoroughly embraced the marathon that is jiu jitsu and fitness and life. I've never been one to cram to prepare. I spent exactly 0 nights in college, burning the midnight oil. I've never dieted for a graduation or prom or reunion or wedding. I either improve as a whole, over the long term, or I don't improve at all. Take me or leave me. I think that's part of the reason competition just hasn't struck too loud a chord with me...I find all the rush and high of preparation off-putting, despite the fact that I understand the benefits. I can see how much concentrated preparation for the belt test has helped me...still...I'd rather not. I'm such a tortoise.
I just did 12, and the knees are tingly, but good. The PUSHUPS though. I know I haven't done any in a while...but man...my form's totally fallen apart. I am reminded though, that I'm pushing up 200+ lbs, and it's not hard to lose the strength to do that with proper form.