Originally Posted by Dreamliner
Happy impending birthday. And here's the good news: you can't do a whole hell of a lot in two weeks. So don't worry about it!
But seriously, if you want to 'harden' yourself mentally by doing some crazy intense cardio, you're not going to lose any appreciable strength by laying off the weights in the interim. Just make sure you go into your ordeal rested.
My two cents.
Fortunately, I started this on Sunday, so I'm already two workouts into it, plus the class this past Tuesday night, which was a lot like a long Tabata workout. If nothing else, I'll probably lose some weight. Losing the 35 pounds two years ago made a big difference for me in the dojo. I was bouncing up after every throw.
One thing I can do before class that day is get thoroughly oxygenated. The martial artists I see doing the most dynamic non-stop mat work are the same people who do Za-Zen almost every day. Their lung capacity is incredible. Wish I had time for that. I guess I would if I wasn't working out so much.