Does anyone else feel like 2018 is off to a crazy start?! I've got some really exciting news to announce in the next few weeks, but for now, here's a brief update on how it's all going.
No huge changes to report, but some really good stuff is happening. After injuring my back, I am continuing to leave Vault on the back burner. On Bars I added a Healy twirl to the blind, front giant combo which will soon be connected to a Pak. Beam saw some serious progress with the addition of back handspring layout step outs on floor, onodis on high with mats stacked, round off layout dismounts, standing back tucks on low, and all around more confidence. Floor continues to beat my body up but it hasn't slowed me down too much. I flipped double tucks and double pikes on Tumbl Trak and even tried some off the rod floor. Had a bit of an unhappy landing on Friday that jolted my back and now I am forced to take it easier, focus on building core strength and developing flexibility. Since I've broken my back before (11 years ago!), taking it easy on this one is unfortunately not optional. It's not glamorous and it's not as much fun as doing skills, but it was definitely a sign that I need to make sure I'm taking the time and putting in the hours dedicated to strength in order to prevent injuries and setbacks.
I knew it was inevitable that I would experience injuries at some point in my adult gymnastics endeavor, and I'm reminded of the emotional stress that it puts on you to be unable to do the thing you love. But I'm also reminded of that little gymnast who never gave up and pushed herself even harder. I'm no spring chicken, but I'm still that gymnast. And though patience has never been my strong suit, I don't have the pressure of a club level gymnast with so much of their future riding on their performance. I have the one thing that almost no gymnast has: time. So I have to remind myself to breathe, take a break, and remember how lucky I am that I get to do what I love every day. And that if I take the time to do it right, I can do it for a whole lot longer than if I rush things.
And on that note, I'm off to California on Thursday for a week of sun and relaxation!
Thank you for reading!