Knee Jerk Reaction

I finally had my rib feeling good again and with no pain and knee started playing up again. I have committed to get the sideways splits but it seems every time I focus on the splits my knee ends up playing up and I quit working on the splits. This time I am going to keep going until I get them but I need to be smarter about my knee. I have taped it and am going to be back wearing my brace while I am working on the splits so it does not slow me down. I have too much to work on to be slowed.

Recently I have been working on my twists. This is part of my Front Handspring vault with full twist and also will be part of my layout full. I am loving the twists. It is a very different feeling rotating in the two axis. The temptation is to pike or arch and pull yourself out of the tight twist but to do so only invites pain when you land as you will under rotate and under rotating while still twisting is never good any knee.

Yesterday I was working on 540 degree jumps as he realized that 540 degree jumps are the same as 540 degree pirouette handstands. It just gives us option for the routine. I did a couple and have a way to go but it will be possible.

I am back doing Round Off Back Handspring, Back Tuck on the tumble track and they were looking good and I was landing all of them. The key now is to get a much bigger punch up and then tuck because we want to get this back onto the floor shortly. Bars was terrible yesterday and I could just not kip correctly and only made 30% compared to my normal 95% kipping.

I am loving having Jamie-Lee training with me and watching her grow so quickly as well. She is exhausted each day. When I started I was doing 2 hours and built up stamina to go for 3 hours in the mornings, especially at 6:30am training sessions. I expect another great day because anything less would not be playing at the level I know I can. I am an Olympian Gold Medallist in spirit and one day in hand. Challenges are part of the step and with the knee ‘This too shall pass’. Go Heroes!!!

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