Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday 6 - 7:30am Bikram Cambie - Roxana

My alarm woke me up this morning. Day 5. I did it. I didn't do it awesome. I took it easy. The unedited version of this picture burning through my brain.

Right lower back crunchie - wondering if I should go back to the physio guy that does that intramuscular stimulation - so painful but might work. BUT... don't want to waste my time or money - probably won't do it. Thought about it though.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thursday 9:46 - 10:49 Skate E Spot

I didn't have a very good skate this morning. I started off strong but then the time felt like it was over but it wasn't. I skated strong for about a half hour and then I played with the boy for twenty minutes. He was having a good skate day. We were having fun.

Thursday 6 - 7:30am Bikram Cambie - Tanya!

The heat was not blasting again today - which is good. I like it this temperature. I was able to work on little things and try hard - and think about something other than getting out of the hot room or Gatorade. I could focus.

Tanya is by far my favourite. She moved us quickly through the standing series and then gave us time on the floor. She also gave us things to think about - like angry drivers - why not support each other on the road? I didn't have my ears in - but it was something like that.

What corrections did she give me? Arm my head to start in standing bow.... I think that was it. She said a lot that made me keep trying even when I wanted to give up. She gave corrections to a lot of people and was very encouraging.

Ignacious was in class beside me.

Good class - successful day 4. ONE MORE!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wednesday 6 - 7:30am Bikram Cambie - Mari

The heat wasn't working full on today and I know Mari was trying to fix it but it just wasn't kicking in. It wasn't cold and I was still dripping wet. It was nice because I was able to focus on what I was doing instead of dying. Mari made is work harder and hold things longer to make up for the missing heat element.

Mari gave me a lot of good pointers today. I don't know if she was speaking just to me - but I heard things today that made some good changes. She has been talking about pelvis alignment and not to arch your lower back out. Lengthen. She also talked about flexing your foot but relaxing your toes. That was a good one for me. Hmmm... what else - relax your traps when you are trying to tighten your tris - that is hard to separate the two. What else?? Hmmmm.. I will probably remember more as I do this class again tomorrow. I think Tanya teaches tomorrow!! YAY!!

Day four 6am here I come!!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Tuesday 10:38 - 11:35 & 4:12 - 4:44 Skate E Spot

First session was later than usual because we had a sprinkle of rain this morning. The first session was a good one though. I ollied big, I 180ed a lot, and I spent a lot of time on kick flips. I still don't have the courage to jump both feet on it - but it is going to happen - I am close - I can feel it.

Afternoon session was awful. I did some ollies. The boy was awful. He was awful a lot today. Fingers crossed for a better day tomorrow.

Tuesday 6 - 7:30am Bikram Cambie - Mari

Day two 6am. Trooper!

I went in the same spot as yesterday because it was the only fan left and my door spot was taken. I wonder if it is just this spot or if all the fan spots do this - if the heater is blasting and the fan is going it just makes you hotter because it is blowing you with hot air??? When the fan was on full it was nice but if it was on the medium speed and the heaters were blasting I was just cooking.

Anywho - I had an ok class. I cooked a little and missed a few things.. my lower right back is crunchy but I am trying to think lengthen instead of tense and up. That seems to help.

Let's see if I can make day three happen tomorrow!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Monday 3:02 - 4:01 Skate E Spot

We only had the one session today. I missed our morning session - it really makes the second session so much better.

I did some ollies and then focused on 180's. They were frustrating. I got some good - but I just want to go fast and I guess I just have to do it. I considered trying to move my feet like Jonny said but I just can't make that happen. It doesn't make sense to my body. So, I am back to doing it my normal way.

The boy stole my board and I had to steal it back and that was annoying. He did do some good pushing today. When he sat down to play boo I didn't think I was going to get back into my skate but I had a good second wind.

Must try harder and go faster.

Monday 6 - 7:30am Bikram Cambie - Ignacious

I decided to do the 6am's so I just get it done and over with and nothing comes up and I have to miss class. I had decided to do 1pm classes this summer because of the boy's nap time but since he is no longer napping - I might as well get up and go.

Having said that, I had an ok class and I miss how bendy I am during the 1pm classes. I felt so stiff and not awesome. Hopefully, tomorrow will be better.

This is the first time I have had this teacher. He kinda reminded me of The Boy a bit. He had some interesting, tiny shorts on. I wish he had larger shorts on. But, I just tried not to look. I just don't understand how he could feel comfortable in them - but whatever. He was a good teacher and tried to push people to do their best. It was nice to have someone new.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sunday 9:44 - 10:14 & 3:58 - 4:43 Skate E Spot

Today is HOT!!

Our morning sesh was later than usual and it was scorching hot up at E spot. We skated for about a half hour and had to go.

I thought I was going to hip hop but the class was cancelled due to lack of students - I was pretty bummed.

Afternoon skate was mucho better but still hot. The shade grew across our skate spot. I blasted the Smashing Pumpkins and did a lot of fast, big ollies. The last fifteen minutes I worked on my kick flips. I finally feel confident on this new board. I wish we hadn't lost our E spot for so much of the start of summer.

The boy didn't skate second session. He played with his ninja turtle who was skating and I had to fix every few minutes. I should just glue that thing to the board. He did some good pushing during the morning session though.

I look forward to tomorrow's skates. I am going to get up early all week and go to yoga so I don't miss it like I have other days. It is time to take control of the last two weeks of training!! 

Wednesday 8:16 - 9:10 E Spot 9:28 - 9:41 Ffifa 9:54 - 10:20 Strathcona

I forgot to write about this day - we skated three spots on our way to visit city grandma on Commercial. It was fun but exhausting!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Tuesday 7:58 - 8:45 & 3:30 - 4:20 Skate E Spot

Today was a really rough day with the boy. Both Jonny and I spent a lot of our skate time trying to get the boy doing his own skate thing - instead of skating. It was hard to get into it today and hard to focus.

Morning sesh:
10 lines of:
I don't think I got to anything else.

The boy did some awesome skating ... at the end. I would put the board on his toes upside down and he would flick it and jump on it. (I was holding his hands) He also did three pushes and wide stance. (Also holding hands.) The boy and I watched some kids skating on YouTube today too. 

Afternoon sesh:
10 lines of:

Focused on 180's the rest of the time getting those back around.

I am not liking the new board size. Jonny promises me that I will when I get used to it. He said it took him four boards to like it - and now he likes it way better.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Monday 4:10 - 5:10 Skate E Spot

I did my warm-up of 10 lines of:
fakie ollies

I tried to do line 1 five times without making a mistake but I didn't make.

I did some kick-flips.

Everything was really sketchy and slow. I need double session days where this is my morning session and the afternoon I focus on my lines and kick flips - looks like that might be Thursday.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sunday 9:43 - 10:45 Skate E Spot

I was hoping we would get a second skate today - but we didn't. There was a game on and we couldn't walk to our far spot because the boy would fall asleep in the stroller.

Anywho... I did 10 lengths of:
180's and kick turn
fakie ollies - pushing fakie

then I messed around with kick flips a bit.

I don't feel like I did well at all today - I was hoping for that second session to do my line one and two... looks like more rainy uncertainty tomorrow - so fingers crossed for a session or two!!

Sunday 12 - 1 Hip Hop - JP

I'm going to try and take this class every Sunday until we leave.

It was a housey combo today. He says he does this about once a year and the rest of the time r'nb sexy. It was sweaty and fun.

It was a small class in the ballroom studio (5).

There was a really little kid in the class who killed it.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Saturday 1 - 2:30 Ballet - Delina?

I think the teacher's name is Delina. She was teaching last week at summer school. She was a petite Asian woman. The class was smaller today - I am guessing a lot of people took summer school and took the weekend off. I found out the other girl who stands in front of me at the barre is also named Paula. I am not sure how I feel about that - she often invades my space bubble and seems totally unaware that she is doing so - or doesn't care.

Delina's class was well timed. The barre was over quick and we had a lot of time to do centre work. There were a couple of grueling exercises - adage at the barre and and adage in the centre - but with some lovely port de bras that made it bearable.

I always feel happy when I leave ballet.

It is a weird cloudy, rainy day today - so missed our skates - hoping for some good skates soon!!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Friday 1 - 2:30 Bikram Cambie - Guest teacher - no name?

Guest teacher was written on the schedule. I didn't hear this teacher's name if she said it at the start. She was speaking very quickly and she didn't wear the mic. Her class had a good flow but she was really, really stingy with the fans. I left red and with a headache. I imagined myself running up and turning the fans on myself. I dramatically did everything but... looked at them and looked at her, mouthed turn on the fans, pointed at them... you get my drift. I was dying. I should have just left. One day I will learn.

Other than the heat during the second half of the class - I had my third great class in a row.

I thought of my student Laura who I saw in the park today with her son. She was my student seven years ago. She is 25 now!! Time flies. I remember she used to do highland dancing and dye her hair really black so her icy blue eyes would seem to pop out of her head. I hope I see her again in the park. Her son's name is Darius - I have to remember that.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Thursday 1 - 2:30 Bikram Cambie - Chelsea?

I think the teacher's name is Chelsea - I know I have had her before -

I had another great class. I did everything. I pushed out bad thoughts when they came in my head and thought of happy thoughts. I tried not to minimize the in between movements. I am just happy I am doing everything again. The class goes so much smoother when I don't take breaks for this and that injury. No injuries is always better. Let's stay this way for a while please. I appreciate this time.

Thursday 8:38 - 9:16 & 3:55 - 4:35 Skate E Spot

We are back!! Our spot is back. It is really dusty and they left a lot of screws and wood chips around - but it is still nice to have our spot back. I appreciate the closeness of it.

Sunny morning sesh - I wasn't in the best of moods so I didn't have the best first skate. I warmed up with Come get Me - I know I am not allowed to play but it worked and got the boy skating on his own for a bit. I did some ollies and then 180's - I realised my 180's had gone to crap. Sad.

Shady afternoon sesh - mucho better mood and mucho better skate. I started with 180's and got them going around again. I just told myself to forget about going over the crack and did them in the middle of the cement. I will get them back over the line later. I also counted 1,2 3 - go.. so I actually just went - boom.

I did line one five times in a row. Slow and sketchy - but I did it.

I worked on my kick flips - but ran out of oomf.

Great day!! Skate, beach, yoga, skate, park! 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Wednesday 1 - 2:30 Bikram Cambie - Danny

This is the best class I have had in.. as long as I can remember! I did everything. I tried hard. I felt good. I will be back tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Saturday 8:15-9:12 Skate Strathcona Park

I forgot to write this blog. We walked to our Ffifa spot but there were some undesirables there so we kept on to Strathcona park and skated. It was fun to skate something new and something with transitions. I have some video I will add later. It was a fun morning.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday 1:30 - 2:30 Hip Hop - JP

This is a level 1/2 class. It is a nice comfortable pace. JP's Sunday class has moved to noon but it is a 2/3 - I'm going to go but it is going to ne way harder than this class. But, I've been missing my JP class so I'm stoked for the JP summer Sundays. 

I stood at the front today and put it all in my head. I also moved to different spots in the room to challenge my brain when we dwnced in groups. I am going to force myself to keep doing this. 

Friday 8:35 - 9:32 Skate Ffifa

We almost didn't make it to the spot today. The boy wanted to go "other way." But, we made it. Yay!

Jonny waxed my stair and I slid over and over again. It was really fun. A sister and brother came over and played with boy.

I'm going to get those kick flips soon.

I look forward to the Fifa fence coming down and having the whole lower area open.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Thursday 1 - 2:30 Bikram Cambie - Ashley

Whoa!! Pregnant yoga teacher. She must have been so hot and exhausted - she is going to have that baby soon for sure.

This was my first class back in almost two weeks. It was good to be back. I like practicing at this time. I am so much more bendy than at 6am. It was also nice to see new people.

The old guy beside me. (Reminded me of the dad from Shameless) His towel was not absorbent enough for him. His sweat river flash flooded over to my face cloth that I use for my head at the top of my mat. I moved it and then the river flowed into my mat - so I put it back. Luckily there were only a couple of postures left - so I moved down a bit and then got out of there quick to get out of the way of the oncoming sweat. How gross is that? Never in my ten years of yoga has this happened before. NTS - Don't put your mat next to that guy again!!

I missed one set of triangle - I could have done it - just hot and tired - and my right diaphragm cramped up a couple of times - dehydration.

I thought - I shouldn't try as hard - reign it back a little - relax.

Thursday 8:30 - 9:15 Skate Coopers

Jonny's neck is out again so the boy and I skated at Coopers. I did three nose slides and a lot of bonks. That spot needs some waxing. I played around with my kick flips, did some ollies, and a few 180's. Sweaty day.

There was another little family there and the little boy played on Christian's skate board. He pushes mongo though. Pretty cute - he showed Christian how to stand up.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Wednesday 8:13 - 9:00 Skate Ffifa

We got out the door earlier today. It was a cooler walk to the spot. There was a nice breeze. Don't get me wrong - we were still sweaty and hot.

I played around with some nose slides. I tried to get my foot moved and add a jump into some - and tried to lean over more. I was doing four slides and then pushing the swing - so it was hard to get into the swing of it - but still fun pushing the boy on the swing.

I did some ollies and then messed around with kick flip placements.

We had the whole park to ourselves this morning - well wait, there were some soccer people on the field - but that is a different area that is all blocked off.