Today was a great day at the L.A. Fitness. Yesterday coach told me that I was fit but not gymnastics fit. That I needed to dramatically improve my overall strength conditioning and cardio. He said I happy where we are with vault. Beam is doing well and is probably your best at the moment. Bars is holding us up and so is floor with cardio. He said I am ready to take you to the next level Bobbie-Sue but we need to improve these things.
Today I was working on my back to get it open more in preparation for more back walkovers for the beam tomorrow and Friday. There is a point that gymnasts know regarding back flexibility where you can just bend back and your back basically melts. There is no resistance, no pressure, you just lean back and hands go effortless to the ground. After 3 1/2 years I finally did it for the first day. It was an awesome feeling. I have done 25 Back Walkovers in a row but even then my back did not feel the same as today. It felt effortless, graceful, flowing. After ten BWO there was no dizziness, no exhaustion just Ahhhh!!!
I have started working on a lot of other exercises he wants me to do as well and also ran for 24 minutes on the treadmill. My goal is to get up to 30 minutes on the treadmill and then after hitting that 5 times in a row start increasing the speed and the incline to improve cardio ability for my floor routine.
I have a long way to go but coach said to me yesterday. I am not going anywhere Bobbie-Sue. I am in this for the long run. I said “Coach you know I am here for the long run”. It is a great feeling having such a great relationship through all the challenges, pain, delays and everything else we have faced. I am looking forward to him pushing me harder so we can get bars moving and get those giants etc.
I cannot imagine life without gymnastics. It is such a part of my life. I am going to keep training for Rio. I missed my opportunity to go to London but now have extra time to focus, train and deliver in Rio. Loving Life. Go Heroes!!