I need a handbalancing icon - Tactical Ninja
May. 6th, 2013
10:04 am - I need a handbalancing icon
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?
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.