day 2459 – combo-ing

getting back into some combo work because it was about time to test out my knee on some aerials. worked on two different combos and was surprised i was able to get them out. i’m going be more strategic about practicing combo variations. really grateful that the coach stayed extra late getting me to drill the touchdown raiz. he pushed me and drilled me hard and i was exhausted, but it’s necessary and i find i need the pressure. if not for that, i would take way too long overthinking everything

day 2438 – aerial breakthrough

sunday night private gym training was a strong and productive one. as usual, we started off with paddle kicking and footwork. then we developed a routine where we each took turns drilling the same one kick and one flip for five rounds before moving onto the next move. we did a couple sets of those before spending the last bit working through some of our freestyle form. i felt like my tricking aerial just came altogether today, my backside 9 also started coming back and i was able to combo those two together. i’m happy i started working on rapid 9’s which hopefully is soon to be cheat 9’s. i definitely deserved that alley bubble tea at the end

day 2415 – phone spam

waited well after class until all other classes and students dissipated so we could have some space and equipment to work with. during the wait, we had fun trying out the vlogger life by spamming photos and videos on someone’s unattended phone. sadly neither my back tuck nor any of my kicks felt good today. i did get a chance at the very end to work on my webster and aerial takeoff. i’m still ashamed i don’t get it and i can’t tell if i’m making progress with it

day 2364 – phone hijacked

whipped out my phone to film how my current back tucks look like. i left my phone for a bit and so many of these photos appeared in my album. my back tucks are looking more ‘complete’; it certainly evolved a lot since the first ones. the confidence and consistency has improved tremendously and the landing is a slightly softer and more controlled. i’m still working on my set to get more height in this flip so i can have an even softer landing which would be easier on my ankles

day 2247 – kip up

i was forced to re-train aerials because my ankle was feeling wonky after a landing. big surprise came as my long lost aerial, that wasn’t even close to landing for weeks, felt super solid on blue mat today. the bonus of the session came at the end when thought i’d get a few reps of kip ups in to close the night. somehow it just started to click today; i fluked the first one and fluked another half a dozen. i’m reminded that sometimes reward comes simply from being stubborn and persistent about training and getting reps in. i’m hoping that’s the case for some of the other moves i’m chasing

day 2158 – teddy bear stand

no work on monday because of a long weekend means i can go to open gym and not have to worry about how late i stay out. training started productive, drilling five back tucks on floor and fifteen front tucks on blue. i also did some aerials, arabians and spotted flash kicks before my knee started hurting slamming onto blue mat on btwists. i then switched to teddy bear head stand and handstand practice. i’m more concerned that my hair and ponytail is messed up after each attempt

day 1960 – gaining or losing

trying something new and falling on my face is quite normal. i can’t lie about the disappointment i’ve been facing with my struggles as of late. i feel like i’ve lost the back tuck and aerial, both of which i’ve spent so long working on. the only thing i still have is my front tuck. i feel ashamed that i’m going through this struggle with my flips and tricks and very few people will understand. sports has always come rather easy all my life and my coordination has never been an issue, but for this i always second guess myself and kind of want to give up