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May. 6th, 2013

10:04 am - I need a handbalancing icon

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So on Friday I emailed DoomBoy and asked him to give my routine a good hard kick up the arse. I've been struggling with feeling like I'm not making a lot of progress, and that's caused my motivation to suffer, to the point where I've skipped the odd day. I know it's coming up to the dark time of year (and oh god is it dark out there today!), which is always harder to get off your arse in. Or it is for me, anyway. I figured revisiting goals and changing things around a bit might help.

I'm aware that when you're always operating right at the extent of your ability, lack of progress is a big mental challenge. But lately, I've felt I've just been going through the motions and not really pushing myself. So imagine my surprise when..


Not actual pancakes, although I seem to recall them being mentioned at one point. I mean the other kind.

What kind? This kind:



I discovered completely out of the blue on Saturday that I can do this. Probably not quite as flat as that lady up there, but considering that when I started I could only put my elbows on the ground in straddle, I'll take it. And it wasn't just a fortuitous set of circumstances either, I tried it again yesterday after a decent warmup and could still do it. At some point I'll take some pictures for posterity, but for now you'll just have to take my word for it.

So it appears that I am flexible enough. And I'm strong enough. So why is it that I can't do this yet?

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I have no clue. It must be a technique thing, right? So I signed up for another handbalancing class. I signed up for the beginner one because a) I can't do a fucking press yet therefore I lose at handstands in my head, and b) the intermediate class starts at 8 and that's too late for my schedule. We'll see how that goes. If it turns out I'm too advanced for the beginner class, maybe the dude'll let me just practice for the hour and give me some tips?


In other news, the YoT has decided to give some circus stuff a go. He was inspired by a post-Fidels session on Friday in which people ended up rolling around on the floor doing party tricks (this happens surprisingly often) and wanted to do something that will make him both stronger and more flexible. So he signed up for one of the 'try it all' courses to see if there's anything there that inspires him to keep doing it. It'll be interesting to see how they cope with someone so big.

Meanwhile, I've been reading epic fantasy. The whole bit: swords, sorcery, battles, horses, evil Dark Lords trying to take over the world. Namely, Blood Song, which has been compared with Name of the Wind, although it's not a comparison I'd make. It's a good story, though it's independently published and the editing (particularly grammatical) errors are a bit jarring. But the trilogy's been picked up by Penguin so the rest should be better edited. Now I've started the Wheel of Time series. We'll see how far I get before I get bored with swords.

Oh, and I am kind of over soldering for the time being. Luckily, I only have a little bit of it left to do. And I'm way better at it than I was when I started! Brainfart loom part 2 status: nearly complete. One more afternoon and it'll be wired and ready to go.

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From:caycos
Date:May 6th, 2013 12:12 am (UTC)
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It's an interesting thing, beginners classes. Tonight is my first of five beginners yoga classes and I'm an absolute beginner. I am intrigued to see if the others are as well. In the past I've been to beginners painting and there some quite experienced ppl there - I have no problem with this as long as the teachers make sure everyone is happy with the outcomes..
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From:tatjna
Date:May 6th, 2013 12:15 am (UTC)
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Yeah. I know that I'm not really a beginner, but I had a look at the list of who was doing the intermediate/advanced class, and they are all streets ahead of me. Being overfaced is disheartening, and being too advanced is not challenging, and as an advanced beginner I know just enough to know how much I don't know, so it's.. agh, I give up. I think the best thing might be to let the instructor decide where I belong, you know?
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From:caycos
Date:May 6th, 2013 01:33 am (UTC)
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It's possible that levels would be better than beginner, intermediate etc - makes it more flexible
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From:tatjna
Date:May 6th, 2013 01:38 am (UTC)
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Yeah. Or perhaps some criteria in the registration form. Like, 'can do a handstand/can't do one', or such.
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From:pundigrion
Date:May 6th, 2013 10:09 pm (UTC)
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I have this very rant about so many different things! Photography is another. Books are geared to utter beginners or OMGpros
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From:tatjna
Date:May 6th, 2013 10:14 pm (UTC)
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From what I understand, it's a thing in paganism as well. ;-/
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From:pombagira
Date:May 6th, 2013 12:40 am (UTC)
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ohh is that was pancakes is.. i was this flexible when i was a youngin.. *ponders this*


interesting....

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From:tatjna
Date:May 6th, 2013 01:37 am (UTC)
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You, lady, are terrifyingly flexible. Some of us are envious.
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From:rivet
Date:May 6th, 2013 01:56 am (UTC)
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Maybe it requires beginner's mind, rather than beginner's skills?
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From:tatjna
Date:May 6th, 2013 02:08 am (UTC)
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That's kind of the idea I'm going for, in the hopes that it'll help something click.
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From:dreadbeard
Date:May 6th, 2013 03:56 am (UTC)
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The first three books of the Wheel of Time are decent... I gave up partway through book 6, I think... of course, that was over a decade ago. (I would recommend Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen if you want epic fantasy... that is the series that got me back into fantasy as an adult.)
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From:tatjna
Date:May 6th, 2013 04:01 am (UTC)
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Hehe, somehow I knew you'd be commenting about the fantasy. Thanks for the rec, I'll check it out.
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From:dragonvyxn
Date:May 6th, 2013 10:07 pm (UTC)

wheel of time! omg!

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so i started the wot when i was in uni, about 18-19, and i was a very active member of the internet community devoted to it called wotmania. i'm still friends with people from there though the site has changed hands and is quite different now. if you do get into it, there loads of theory posts, fanfic, discussion over at readandfindout.com i've just ordered the last book, finally, and i'll be finishing the series soon! 13 years of my life! amazing. right now i'm reading robin hobb whom i **adore** in my 4th reread of her series. i don't usually reread anything so that's a big deal... hehe.

it was seriously too awesome to see you and hopefully my family will get down to see yours in the future! :-D
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From:tatjna
Date:May 6th, 2013 10:15 pm (UTC)

Re: wheel of time! omg!

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It was great to see you too! ;-) Your daughter is beautiful.
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