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60' - 5b rev casc -
Systematically - easy going, no fights to keep up or sth - went through all kinds of focusses, ways of aiming, ways of thinking the pattern, modes indeed:
Not easy or obvious to switch between mindstates or focusses.
40' - repeat:
Too few data to draw any conclusions but from how it felt, what it seemed:
Above and before anything else, a well scooping weakhand needs be granted in the first place.
"remote control", "remote controlling only the 3 ball top", is most fun for sure, (it also downright asks for scooping, aiming, doing well in general), but needs a period or two of a good, stable pattern, and relaxed juggling first; first "doing along the high incoming ball" seems the easier exercise;
"over the pattern" was often what came merging; (also somewhat enforces good scoop, but still, nonetheless allows for too narrow patterns); seems to be the most direct, concise, the most obvious option within a small frame with best view on the whole;
"active thumbs" is in any case a good exercise for more options on finetuning and bail outs; it seems to entail low wide patterns (thus a bit more difficult, more challenging); also feels different, but makes a lot of sense to own as a technique;
"focus on weakhand only /whd leads / bowy throws" is a good necessary exercise;
.. but it remains unclear, how much a good pattern results from those ways, or else, is necessary to have it already gotten up rolling shortly, before even getting the opportunity to do in those ways (e.g. when going through imagining a trapezium).
25' - unrestricted, now, going for some result, high prio on whd scoop, now - 79 ("remote controlled 3b top" + "over & into the pattern" that was), 82 cl ("over & into"), 82 cl. [ 5b reverse cascade progress: 82 ]
Total practice time: 160 minutes
Location: indoors low ceiling
30' - 3b rev casc varied - almost more to say here, than it actually lasted in realtime:
- Having had bad starts with 5b rev a lot, I figured varying 3b rev was a good idea.
- First revealed: a strongly tensed weakhand, even some recalcitrant small muscle in that forearm, which indeed explains my bad starts with 5b rev.
- with notably bent knees, I exaggerated wiggling (shoulder belt & hips, whole body in fact) to get the pattern running well,
- every once in a while I tended to do corrections as regular cascade throws ( I don't have that with 5b .. there's just no free space inside the pattern for that then ).
- Did step back 'n forth - ok,
- turn slowly once around anti- & clockwise - soso, needed full concentration to get full turns,
- pulse high\\low - ok,
- tried to find into an easy small low pattern - ok after a while
- wide - the "tendency" to correct with normal throws was an ""urge" here, but I got it pretty wide, but not easily,
- pulse wide\\narrow,
- pulse high & narrow \\ low & wide .. then also high & wide mixed into - all hard (anything with wide is hard), but got it all mixed once,
- more small low easy, now with stepping back 'n forth and peripheral view, gazing with #focus on background wall or changing focus on and concentrating on looking at different things on the bookshelf there (almost sort of completely forgetting the juggle) - took a while to get it pretty automized and a few steps back 'n forth.
85' - 5b rev casc - 79, 72, 82, 82 cl, 103, 89, 71, 97, 105, 99, 99 throws longest runs. Also here, need to ``settle´´, once I get the `perfect´ pattern (and motion & rhythm & mindstate & ado), need to stay in that stable pattern. [ 5b reverse cascade progress: 105 ]
Total practice time: 115 minutes
Location: indoors low ceiling
Old PR: 53 catches last late fall.
71 throws run. Think, it were like 67 or 68 caught before drop.
Overdue by mere statistics, after getting several 53 throws runs and a few estimated round PR uncounted very long runs this year.
It was another of those rather high runs. Not narrow at all. No fight to keep it up in between. Actually not much effort needed.
I think, all I did, was to throw rather a good bit too high rather than a tiny bit too low .. make dead sure to be on height all the time, but hard to tell, what - if even - was different. I think, I also scooped well without thinking about it.
Felt very simply cascady. Felt so 'normal' during the run, like I've been doing this before and would later again. Not felt like sth 'new' or extraordinary or 'other'. So, --> no yell, no outburst, no kiai.
But some great relief, maybe satisfaction for being on the right way, and against some casual doubt of maybe practising wrong, thinking wrong, doing sth essential wrong, even though knowing that my average has risen since last year. One or two moments of deep peace sensation also for having taken this hurdle of breaking by number that last old PR after feeling so much like having improved considerably.
I was really now running out of any new preliminaries or recipes after having done
- 5b cascade varied in any way
- attempting to flash 9b a lot
- controlling a pattern (or 5b) partly mainly from wrists
- focussing on drifts in 7b pattern and working against these by e.g. scooping more
or e.g. training wide\narrow-control with 5b, or e.g. pulling patterns near my body
- and enduring 5b a lot.
Even though I couldn't, in one hour's remaining practise time, confirm by getting another run like that, higher than old PR, I can now have an outlook and hope to get long runs in less practise time. And getting into 7 ball tricks (!?) is getting nearer as an option. And I can hope to improve even faster now (my longed for "breakthrough"). I can hopefully soon now go out for practise to actually juggle and not try or find into pattern. But find back into pattern anytime during an actual run :o)
Total practice time: 1 minutes
Location: concrete area among fields
3b freestyle, misc - 75 min. ( hard heavy balls the last days, 200 gr - makes them preliminary fast & weight for 7b bubbles 80 gr ) 3c casc - 15 min. (wooden) Doubles, 51 c. Triples, 4 c. 1c clawed reachovers - 10 min. (plastic club; +reachover / xhand-throw back to starthand) Single spins, okey. Double spins much harder. 7b casc - 95 min. Partly trying unleashed wrists = more shorter runs, less accurate aiming, but feels good (low and swift) when a run goes longer. Dwell-time feels somewhat longer that way too, but I'm not sure .. and not sure if height gained outdoes this.
3b freestyle, misc - 30 min.
7b casc - 65 min. So many reasons the ongoing pattern fails after a good start and half-well found into height and rythm [ #list ] :
- drifts off towards ..
- getting higher
- gets wider and wider
- drifts to stronghand side
- collisions due to small scoop, or else to ugly unaccurate pattern, or even else due to too narrow pattern
- fall into stronghand-outside throws to avoid collisions
- wrong beat/height ratio
.. most of which throwing more from inside seemed to me a good idea to avoid several of those failures at a single blow. But that again is sth rather new and gotta get accustumed to .. :o|
1c clawed reachover - 10 min. (+ throw back) Single spins getting faster and more fluent. Thrice double spins, but very awkward.
nature: many swallows. First horsefly last week,,, are coming now (all ignoring Ah'm nott'a horse).
Total practice time: 300 minutes