So the last time I checked in, I was having a little trouble finding a place to practice. Despite my ambition, I forgot that the whole world (ESPECIALLY gymnastics facilities) almost totally shuts down over the holidays. Needless to say, I wasn't able to train as much I intended. While slightly disappointed, I am trying very hard not to be discouraged by it. I have a meeting with another gym this Saturday which I am so hoping will result in having a steady training schedule and thus, an opportunity to create lesson plans and focus on my long term goals. As it is right now, the time that I have access to a gym is so scarce that I have to simply cram in whatever I can into a half an hour here and there. Read: no warm-up, no stretching, no conditioning; just go, do and keep going. It's not ideal, but more importantly, it's not a safe way to train, and I know that. I will not reach my goals if I'm rushing my training, skipping fundamentals, and not focusing on developing my strength and flexibility. These are top priority. So wish me luck with the new gym and I'll post an update after my meeting.
In the meantime, I've been incredibly busy with (not only my full-time job, coaching, life, etc, etc, etc) my website, GymnastiCity. I am proud to announce that since founding this project in late November, I have almost 500 clubs listed in my directory, making this the largest centralized space for USAG club directories you can find. In addition to pursuing this endeavor, I've expanded my services to offer web design specifically for clubs. I am so busy and having so much fun with this project; it has been so rewarding to receive the overwhelming positive feedback these clubs are providing and it encourages me that I'm on to something here. When people ask me why on Earth I am spending my free time creating an entirely free directory for each and every one of these teams, the answer is always the same: I love gymnastics!
Most recently, I will be expanding into the world of college recruits in the hopes that I can help some of these amazing young gymnasts achieve their dream of competing for a college team and more importantly, so they can keep doing gymnastics! And we all know how I feel about that, right? :)
So much more to come... thank you for reading!