Well, I didn't get a chance to post yesterday, so I have some ground to cover. Because I'm trying to update this daily, we're gonna pretend it's yesterday when I wrote this next part.
8/4 It's yesterday today. First off, I managed to get my work schedule cut down to 7 am to 12 pm, so then I can come home and sleep/recuperate/whatever. I'm really enjoying it today, the first day I knew about it, since it's not tomorrow. After my session yesterday (8/3), my knees were beginning to bother me. They had been a minor nuisance for a while, but only on occasion. However, I think only gonna get worse unless I change some things. So I went out and got myself some new insoles
, and plan on sending my old ones to Caleb Abraham, because he apparently wants them (as he describes here
). Unfortunately, since the new insoles were bigger than the standard issue ones, my feet were higher up in my lavers and my clippers were all sucky. That made the whole session a bit of a drag, cause I was dropping just about every osis and a lot of butterflys. I still managed to hit 6 ducking (I usually can get 8 or more with little effort), and my usual blurs/barrages/toe drifters, all of which I am consciously trying to practice a bit each day. My BOP string length went down, although not as much as I would have imagined given my butterfly/osis condition. It was a mildly-crappy 4.3 The only real highlight of the day was that I had one BOP run of 15 contacts, which was butterfly>butterfly>osis>repeat. I don't do same side butterflys by the way, cause I never thought they looked good.
8/5 It's today again, but not yesterday-today. If you're still in that context, then it's tomorrow-today, but not tomorrow-saturday, more like tomorrow-friday-cause-yesterday-today-was-thursday, if you get my drift. I broke down and modded my lavers last night, since I wasn't gonna take out those nice new insoles (which really help, by the way). I did the broka mod and cut out the inside layer of canvas on the inside of my lavers. I might cut out the inside on the toe and outside, but not for skill related reasons, just cause they seem to feel a lot cooler that way (more air flow). I didn't notice a huge increase in skill, but it seemed to cancel with my insoles, so it's all good.
I was going to work on torques and drifters today, but I decided just to focus on what I enjoy. It's supposed to be fun, not work. Now work, that's supposed to be work. That's why they call work work; if it were supposed to be fun, they'd call work fun.
(Since no one is reading this anyways I'm just gonna babble like that whenever it strikes me.) My BOP string length is still lower than it was two days ago, but I can feel the improvement (irony, I guess). The average run was 4.56 moves long, with the high being 13. Highlights of the day include (as always, everything is both sides unless otherwise specified):
Merkon (!)- not too hard, amazingly; hit on the first try flipside, 4th or 5th strongside
Gyro Mirage back to back (well, there was obviously the toe to clipper link in between, but as back to back as possible)
Osis>Torque- been doing that for a while, but I still like it
Since I enjoyed my stepping session so much, I decided to go back to it, which resulted in all this both sides:
Ripwalk > Ripwalk
Ripwalk > Sidewalk
Ripwalk > Schmoe
Ripwalk > Stepping SS Clipper
Ripwalk > Blur
- hell yeah!
Ripwalk > Stepping Op Clipper
Only thing I couldn't get from ripwalk was my Stepping SS Mirage, but I knew that was gonna be a no go so oh well (ho ho ho).
I also tried to see if I could get three consecutive whirls on each side, since that was a challenge I set for myself before spraining my ankle in mid April. I got 4 whirls strongside first try and 3 whirls weak side in about 4 tries.
I'm really happy that I could get the ripwalk > stepping thing to work for me on both sides. Maybe eventually I'll be able to hit some decently long stepping runs! ^_^ Oh, and that 25 average BOP goal seems a long way off, but I'm confident I can at least get to 10 by the end of the month and we'll just see where it goes from there.
And with that, my efforts to compact two posts into one have failed miserably and everyone that at least views my blog runs in fear at the large block of words.
Damn words and there damn... damnness.
EDIT: 4 posts and 1900 words. You can expect my full-length novel out within the next year or so.