Crazy dream. I’m at home and I hear a car pull up into my driveway. My Sentra is parked next to this Subaru, guess it’s ours. This man jumps out of his car and eats something and throws it away in our trash. Then he tries to pry open my Sentra door. I guess he looks at it in digust and moves onto the Subaru. It opens and I guess he had a partner who drives off with it. I tell dad he doesn’t do much so I go and confront the man. He denies anything and tries to drive off. I think I run at his truck and grab on. Until I see a set of keys hanging which I grab for ransom. I step off the truck and wait. He notices that I have the keys and pulls over and we “talk” it out. My sister is there too but just being a support shadow. As we talk more and more of his story unfolds about how he needs the car to sell or for his children. Then his children start appearing. Eldest girl, eldest two sons one with glasses, little crafty son, another daughter and a little girl. The wife also appears. They were dark skinned. I thought they were Filipino because a helicopter came to investigate but it was just a Filipino news one. A police one followed but didn’t land. Eventually we went indoors and the family brought all their wares and food to convince me to give them my car (which wasn’t mine). We ate and talked and got to know the family. I think one of the older girls asked me to direct them to cvs and trader joes. In the end I told the father it wasn’t right to take things from other people regardless of how desperate you are. They had order forms which I guess they sold food and my sister filled the whole thing out. I told the family she runs the place. So the father agreed and we got ready to depart. The Subaru was returned and I returned the keys. We hugged and we made new friends. I’m not sure I invited them to come over again. But weird and detailed dream.
I’m doing this from my phone. So please excuse the “autocorrects”.
Last week on Thursday I was surprised to learn in our Level 2 class that we would be learning kong precisions. Almost wanted to leave. My kongs are “iffy” because of the amount of power I put into the move. Actually I learned that in our Tuesday class. We were just doing wall runs for 11 feet. I’m a bit ridiculous. At a running start I basically throw myself at the wall and kick into it with all my body weight and managing to get both feet stepping on the wall. I don’t reach the top but for being as “hulk” about it, it’s pretty impressive/crazy I can do that.
I’m pretty much back-dating all of this stuff because I’ve been so busy. Work killed me, I had to sing for a wedding, more work issues, I think I got injured like twice in two weeks. Sigh. Anyways!
So I came in for Level 2 training and Alan surprised us with doing flips. I wanted to walk out so bad but I gritted my teeth. You know? I’m decently good at it. So we first started in the foam pit for front flips. And I’m still in the foam pit working on it. Front flips are hard because you can’t see where you are landing until you land. Your head is the last thing to come up from the rotation. I totally understand that.
Eventually we moved on to back flips for the next class. I’m even better at that. This has been like at least a week to a week half ago and I try to do a few flips everyday I come into the gym. My air awareness is still… not really there but practice makes perfect. Alan was comfortable to have me attempt it on the porta-pit. He spotted me but he said I didn’t really need the spot. I have yet to do it without someone nearby. Maybe tomorrow…
I have to thank Alan because he is challenging me, which is what I need as a Level 2. I’ve been getting rail balances better and he throws in walking backwards instead. I didn’t think I can do it but again practice makes perfect and I’m making myself do it very often. Even if I don’t want to do anything I’ll walk on the rails for a bit.
One of our “wall of fame” challenges is a quad jump. I’m am NOT good with these. My feet get jumbled up. It’s very similar to the triple jump in track and field except there is one more, and you don’t get a running start. I’m not used to not relying on my momentum, but this had migrated to my list of things i need to do… even though I don’t want to.
Still practicing btwist… it’s not pretty yet but I don’t see myself. I just can feel it’s not pretty. We’ve gotten more things onto the board. Eventually I’ll post pics, hopefully people don’t beat me. Til the next time!
Today I decided to try “Time Trials” at Apex Movement NorCal (my home away from home). No what time trials is… well lets just take that blurble from the website itself.
You won’t find mini tramps, salmon ladders, or rope swings in this class. This will be dedicated to pure Parkour applied to common shapes and obstacles you’ll find in the real world.
Basically it is a class utilizing what you learned in class and applying it to mini obstacle courses meant to challenge your mind and body. I was the only one attending class today. This was the first time attending this class, but after the workout I had yesterday I felt like I should move a bit more so that I don’t stiffen up (more on that later). We ran the course that Alan made for me and after a few runs we starting picking apart technique and ways to improve. Instead of merely vaulting over that box, maybe try this instead. Or try to lache across instead of doing monkey-bars. In the end my body couldn’t handle it but we did get to learn more about what I thought was incapable and in reality it was my mind shutting myself down.
We worked on foot placement for rail balancing. I just recently got some barefoot shoes that I’m not comfortable with. almost about 75%. Then we practiced rail jumps because well frankly I should be able to do them. I can broadjump pretty far and that is over the distance that I should be able to do rail to rail. We worked on them on the floor rather than at height because my mind is a dangerous thing.
Then we went to my favorite. Kong Vaults. I when training for this, never liked it. My reasoning is because I have a substantial amount of power that I’m learning how to control. I’m also afraid to overshoot in case of injury. We tried a few and Alan watched my technique. He too saw my explosive leg power and we tried to create situations where I would get my muscle memory to act accordingly. After a few times I was satisfied enough with myself to try it without supervision. That was a bad mistake. So we placed to foam towers close to each other to stimulate a short distance I would need to vault over one, and still manage to have enough room to get over the other. I was able to do that. Then being over-confident but still weary, I was seeing how close the distance I could do. There is a skill called a double kong. I have not mastered it because I face planted into the second box having too much momentum and scorpion-ing a bit, hurting my thoracic area and pulling my the left inside thigh muscles. So now I can’t walk correctly. :(
In news of a more positive aspect. I tried to do our rope climb. The idea of this challenge is to start sitting on the floor and to climb up the rope as fast as you can, control decline, then go back up again. I beat my old time and managed around 18.6 seconds. I will need to try this again. :)
Because of the workouts from yesterday and this morning, I thought (bad idea) to practice b-twist or butterfly twist. I can get the butterfly kick due to my practice with kung-fu. I mostly landed this one, at least from what my friend was watching. Still, I’m injured so the smart thing would be to lie down and rest. Which I am going to do after this post. Thanks for the follows! I hope I can recover soon! Til the next time!
Ok not too big of an update since I haven’t been to another class :(
The things I accomplished were: Glide Kips and muscle-ups (4)