Pretzel time - Tactical Ninja
Jan. 7th, 2013
10:01 am - Pretzel time
You know the fancy new ceramic stove top that I bought when I first moved into the apartment a year ago? Maybe you don't, but take it as read that I've been quite happy with it and it's doing a fantastic job, and because it's fairly new it looks nice as well.
Or at least, it did. I'm sure some of you know where this is going..
Yep. On Saturday evening, the YoT accidentally dropped a bottle of olive oil on it. I know it was an accident and I'm not mad with him, but I am crying internally because the hob now has a chunk missing out of the edge and a crack running across the corner that only just misses one of the elements. We've done a bit of googling around and it turns out that this is a fairly common problem (olive oil bottles even being the main culprits). However, there doesn't seem to be a common solution in terms of repair. This makes me go WAHWOEISME because while you can probably get a replacement for just the glass, who's to say it won't happen again? Also the crack could potentially affect the use of that element, which is one of the ones I use a lot. And now it's not perfect and WAHWOEISME! *sadface* I don't know whether to replace it or live with it till we redo the kitchen - which could be several years. I've no idea how much replacement is, either. ;-/
This term I've decided not to do the handbalancing class, because I feel I've got to the point where I will probably benefit most from spending a few months just doing the drills and working to consolidate the skills I've learned before going back to build on them. To that end, I've been doing tuckups. WTF is a tuckup? Well, google isn't really all that helpful in this because every discipline has its own version. But the version I'm doing looks like this:
Well, it should look like that. When I do it, it's not quite that slow, controlled or graceful and I don't go to a full handstand - I stop in tuck position because I have no trouble completing the move, it's the first part where you get inverted/vertical with your shoulders open that I'm trying to work on. I've done literally hundreds of the bloody things over the break and I'm finally seeing myself improving - the move to open the shoulders (which comes from the centre back by the shoulder blades) and the maintaining the tuck as the body goes up, are coming together. I need to work on keeping my legs together because I tend to split them and fling one up to help get off the ground, but I reckon another three months of doing those several times a week and I'll be ready to take the next steps to pressing.
The other thing I lack is flexibility. I know that a lot of people planche when they press, then muscle out of it. This is what Amazing Ben does. That looks like this:
See how his shoulders don't open until the last minute when he finally pushes his weight upwards? Yeah. I doubt I'll ever be strong enough to do that, although I am working on it. The other option is to be flexible enough so that when you start you're halfway there, and using the strength and flexiblility of your back/core to lift your hips up over your shoulders, thus:
It's interesting that almost all of the planchers are men and as soon as you start talking flexibility, the demos switch to women. Anyway, I suspect the second option will be the one that works best for me. But this requres me to be more flexible.
Enter tieke, with the suggestion that I attend this class. She's been attending and talking it up for a while, and the proof of the pudding is in the fact that she can now kick herself in the face. And finally, I think I'm in a position where I will be able to use the benefits for something. So I'm going along tomorrow. Apparently I can expect equal measures of pain and progress, and a fantastic endorphin rush at the end. I'll let you know how I get on.
Meanwhile, yesterday I finally backed up my LJ using LJ Book. It took a lot longer than the 12 minutes allowed, but eventually it got there and I now have 10 years of posts in pdf format. It's 8500 pages long! That does include comments, because if I'm preserving my LJ for posterity, in a lot of cases the comments are the most interesting thing. But realistically, the chances of anyone being interested in it in the future are pretty small. Here are the ramblings of a person in the early 2000s. My how quaint. Etc.