Practice Makes Permanent!

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This picture was taken last year. The class finished and the endorphins were flying extra high that day. No one wanted to leave. Out of no where, everyone started doing handstands against the wall . I wanted to play so up I went. (See above pic.) Then they raised the ante. They started doing the one handed handstand against the wall. I thought, “How hard can it be?” Well I found out immediately. Within seconds I crashed and burned like a “lawndart”. (That is what my coach used to call me.) I tried several times but could not do it. So frustrating because I saw so many others just pop up there like it was nothing. It was then I realized I had some work to do.

Besides doing strength training on my own, I worked with Jamie Magnor, Moblity Coach and Coach Maverick to help me with the biomechanics of the move itself. All I had to do is shift my weight to my dominant arm. Sounds so easy and yet I continued to collapse like a deck of cards. Still I continued to practice because I vowed I WILL get this before the year is out. Failure was not an option.

Fast Forward to 11/14/2014. It is Coach Maverick’s birthday, We just finished a crazy workout and the endorphins were flying once more. First Katie “KPOW” Bell went up. No problem. Coach Mav. Like it was nothing. Finally it was my turn. I just remembered the frustration of not being able to do it. Today was THE DAY. I had to do it, so up I went. KPOW and Coach guided me quickly on what I had to do. Not sure what happened or why but…

My handstand

To my surprise, I did it! It was pretty, perfect and caught on film. I did it again just to make sure it just wasn’t a fluke. KPOW caught this one again. So happy! We sent a copy to Jamie and her text was nothing sort by ecstatic. It may not be a big deal to some and maybe even silly to others. To me, I finally felt like one of the cool kids. So glad it happened on my Coach’s birthday AND that we got the pic together. He’s an important person on my life. He’s watched me grow in so many ways. It’s only right that it happened with him there.

Now, on to double unders……

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