This past Sunday, about ten and a half months into my obsessive aerial practice, I passed the Aerialfit level test and moved up to level three in silks! As you may be able to imagine, I am overjoyed. I distinctly remember looking at the level three girls when I first started in awe and admiration – and now I’m one of them!
Plus, in my first level three class ever today we learned a REALLY cool drop.
I’ve started getting ready for my first aerial showcase and it it SUPER exciting.
We picked a Halloween theme, and after a whole ton of deliberation I decided I wanted my act to be Jekyll and Hyde; I’ll be performing on sling. This is unique and challenging for a variety of reasons, the first and foremost being that it will require a lot of really good characterization on both extremes. But there are also lesser challenges, like how on earth do I pick a costume that accurately represents both characters without having to change several times partway through and how do I find music that transitions between happy and scary three times? (I’m really set on that three times thing. And for the record, my current plan is to make my own music by strategically combining two songs.)
My music has been a bit of a contentious issue, but if I can use it I already have most of my choreography figured out and am hoping to spend most of the time left between now and the showcase working on developing really good character movement.
I’ve been trying to find ways to be more active and since my aerial gym is only about four miles away, biking there seemed like an easy one. The only trouble was I didn’t actually own a bike. So I bought one!
The company I work for does a competition every summer where employees can register, receive a free pedometer, and then track their “steps” to work toward earning a reward. The rewards are in progressions so the more steps you take, the larger the reward.
Naturally, I’m aiming for the biggest. Fortunately, you can convert non-step physical activity into steps so I’m getting lots of credit for the 5-10 hours a week of aerial I’ve been doing. Unfortunately, even when I do two aerial classes in one day (which I do at least twice a week), it’s not enough.
I enjoy running. I really do. Even when it’s hard, even when I’m out of breath, even when I just want to quit, running is a positive activity for me. I often find when I’m stressed, angry, or upset, my first reaction is to go for a run. And the feeling of accomplishment when I go faster or further than I could before is incredible.
But sometimes, I still don’t make it out the door.
Aerial, on the other hand, I love. And I consistently have no trouble making it to class four, five, or even six days a week – sometimes twice a day. I feel like I could spend all day, every day in an aerial class and I would never get tired of it. Well, my muscles would get tired, but my brain wouldn’t! And that’s what brings me to Part 6 of my indefinitely long series of reaching fitness goals: