What an amazing day. I have been waiting for a long day for this day to come and it finally arrived. I got to start work on my Level 6 floor routine. I have not completed Level 5 but made more progress today than I have in over 2 years. You see this level has been tough. One of the toughest things I have ever had to do. I have had three techniques that have caused me problems. Firstly Front Handspring. This technique in the past often involved me twisting my knee. The last time that happened was over a year ago but the memories linger. Today I did 10/10 with coach giving me a light spot. It is going to get to the point where coach will not need to spot me shortly and then I can own this technique.
Secondly is the Back Walkover. I have been doing them now for two years but there is a difference down in the gym as part of the routine and without shoes. Coach has been spotting me until today. I did 5/5 cleanly by myself and 5/5 as part of the routine. This is now anchored into my body and so can be checked off the list.
The third one is Back Extension Roll. This technique has been stuck for two years due to problems with my shoulder. I have had a pinched nerve and it was painful and recently VERY painful. This is where the title comes in. I met in Australia one of the most amazing massage therapists I have ever come across. He is way more than a massage therapist. His knowledge of the body puts him close to mastery. He gave Clinton and I 12 sessions in Australia. One every night. He dove deep and I mean deep into the armpit as he calls ‘Smashing It!!’ and let us say it was ‘mildly discomforting’ (his words) as you could tell by the tears rolling down my face and the breaths to release the stress. But the results speak for themselves. Today for the first time my hand turned. It was reactive versus proactive but that is more than it has for two years. Now I know I can get this technique and move past it.
As a result Coach had me start work on my Level 6 floor routine. As least the first part to it. I love the choreography he has put together. The song is Lady Gaga Born This Way and I love it. I cannot wait to see the rest of it as it unfolds. I love my custom routines.
On Monday I vaulted very well and my bars was exceptional. I am ready for lots of breakthroughs and now I can see them happening. I love this part of my training and look forward to sharing the great results. Go Heroes!!!