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Sunday, 12 May 2013

Circus Status: F.U.N

No analysing, no complaining, no judging my progress. Today I was taught to have fun (by the scariest instructor I've ever had)!

She was another stand-in as our normal instructor was away. Instantly, her Eastern European-ness pointed out exactly where we needed to improve. As my first swing didn't go as well as I knew it could, I inevitably got lots of (albeit helpful) pointers on how to improve. I also felt that my second swing went badly and I became a bit disheartened.

Seeing this, our instructor pointed out that I'm learning. This is not the same as achieving. And anyway, when you're uptight, you'll never do well up there.

*DOINK*

The penny dropped. I'm not a professional athlete or a professional circus performer. I'm doing trapeze purely for fun and to learn something really cool. The moment I put pressure on myself I get frustrated when I can't do things. And, given the 500 strong waiting list for my place in a class, I should be enjoying this unique experience. I only get to do it for 2 hours a week!

The Nike Supercharge run was all about F.U.N!

This in mind, and feeling happier and more relaxed, I decided to take on a new trick. The French name constantly avoids memory but we called it a Tempo Turn. A Tempo is where you kick your legs in a way that gives you extra height just before you let go of the bar to give you more air time for a catch. In this case, the plan was to let go and turn around to catch the bar again.

I must keep the fun of the circus in my sessions

I chickened out every time at the point where both hands are meant to lift off the bar for you to turn. But I did manage to turn! Not very elegantly, granted. But I still technically turned, so it counts. And now I have a great move to add to my repertoire, which hasn't really grown in a long time. So I can look forward to actually ENJOYING next week's class and trying out my new trick.

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