This has been about the toughest training camp I can remember. In the last two weeks, I have had the following people come through our camp: Keith Jardine (who is preparing for a fight), Georges St. Pierre, Rashad Evans, and James McSweeney. They all bring a different perspective and skill set to help me elevate my game to the next level. The ring experience between them, the guys at my camp and my trainers are pretty much unparalleled in this sport.
It's great to see that Carwin has brought in some of the very best fighters in the world to train with, in what will be the biggest fight of his career against Gabriel Gonzaga. However, the following is the only thing that concerns me:
My job as an engineer is going great. One of the projects I am working on is installing a new 16” water main extension for the district. Everyone probably knows, we are in a rural area in Northern Colorado, and there are a lot of new dairies going in. This is the reason for the new water main extension. Good for our economy and good for our business as well. It's amazing when you think that the dairy farms use as much water as they do, it's actually the equivalent of a small town. As you can see, both of my jobs are mentally challenging – just in different aspects.
For those of you that don't know, Carwin works as an engineer FULL time while also fighting in the UFC. It's amazing to me that he's been able to do this up till now. However, at some point I wonder when he's going to have to choose one or the other? I think a big strong wrestler like Carwin can cause Gonzaga problems, even though Gonzaga is very good at BJJ. I'm so looking forward to this fight, it'll be Carwin's first real test inside the octagon.
HT: Shane Carwin via MMAWeekly