The Next Level

I have been training now for 3 years and 9 months and what an adventure it has been. Through the knee challenges, the broken ribs, the torn shoulder and the countless bumps and bruises. I have learned so much about myself and my body has changed so much. My back flexibility now blows me away and it keeps getting better. My best series of Back Walkovers was 25 in a row. My second best was 20 and I tied that today. My back is getting back to peak form AND it is more open than ever before. As I keep working on opening my abs and keep opening my shoulders I will get better and better and faster and faster.

One of my big goals at the moment is to get Back Walkovers on beam. It is something which seemed unfathomable when I started when I could barely do a bridge. After working through the bridges, the slinkies and now back walkovers I have progressed so far. What I love is that if I keep training the way I am training getting back walkovers on beam and then back handsprings on beam becomes INEVITABLE. I love that. Again it is a long journey but I am patient and every skill I get is a miracle.

Coach recently decided for me to flip my vault he wanted me to be coming off the 7 setting on the vault instead of the 5 so he raised the table and I began flipping over the Level 7 yesterday for the first time. I still have to get a lot more leverage ad be tighter but it is coming along.

Another big piece of exciting news is that coach and I finished mapping our my Level 6 Floor Routine. I love it. It an instrumental version of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way. It lasts 1:25 and includes 6 eight counts of dance at the end including the paws up from Bad Romance. I love the whole feel of it and it is great to finally get a music piece to showcase my strengths. The Back Extension Roll is coming along. The Back Walkovers are 80% where they need to be and Front Handspring will get there.

Bars I am also making progress in linking the skills together. This has also been a low, laborious process but we can see light at the end of the tunnel and once this level is over I get to work on giants and layout dismounts. I love bars and need to increase my upper body strength even more to get to the level I want to be at.

Overall, I am blessed to be doing what I do. I train hard. I am committed and I know that if I continue to do what I am doing I will accomplish so much to me that is amazing. Living an incredible life. Go Heroes!!

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