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16th March 2017

7b_wizard

# 3 heavy balls, 9 balls flashing, 5 ball tricks, #StagesOfLearning, #mentec, 5 heavy balls, 230 minutes

3b 200gr, freestyle, misc - 45 min.   including single behind back looking, in a 5-count or slower.
5 heavy balls, 200 gr casc - 10 min.
5b 56752 - 25 min.   #SoL, #mentec - lately thinking the pattern as 56752, from pause to pause, as a crescendo plus getting rid of a last 5 to the other side, that is (not in ``sides´´ with the pause amidst anymore, or also not as two high throws over two low throws); currently seems more `natural´ like that.   Got 9 sides [oops .. can't say that anymore, so:] rounds to collapse. Best clean was only 5 rounds.
9b flashing - 35 min.   Six times 7 gathers, one o which 8 g in reach. Max throws to collapse were 11 once, =2 rethrows.
7b casc - 115 min.   43, 53, 53, 45, 51, 41, 49, 47 throws longest runs.   [ daily7b II: 53 ]

Total practice time: 230 minutes

Location: rivershore-meadow

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12th March 2017

7b_wizard

# 7 balls, 9 balls flashing, #mentec, #StagesOfLearning, 3 heavy balls, 5 ball tricks, 8 balls, 5 balls, 220 minutes

3b 200gr, freestyle, misc - 30 min.
5b casc varied - 5 min.
5b 52567 - 15 min.   A 6 sides clean run.
9b flashing - 40 min.   Three times 7 gathers, one of which 8 g in reach, and one of which 9 c in reach (was a few milliseconds late with catching two).   #mentec, #SoL - At a point, when launches came well so far, I did nothing anymore of all I do special for 9b, be it focus on this or that, or be it the launching rhythm, be it intending a flash to collect or rethrows no matter what, .. but just did like it were 7 balls on 9-height only (if all that makes sense), sort of regardless of the number "nine", just empty the hands. Indeed felt different, normal, familiar, not so ``elaborated´´, but it didn't manifest in good results.
8b wimpy - 10 min.   One 8 c cl. One 12 throws to collapse. A few 10 throws to drop or collapse.
7b casc - 120 min.   47, 57, 45, 53, 47 cl throws longest runs.   [ daily7b II: 57 ]

changed spot to meadow for last ½ hour

Total practice time: 220 minutes

Location: concrete area among fields

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17th February 2017

7b_wizard

# 7 balls, #StagesOfLearning, #technique, #mentec, #endupatt, 5 ball tricks, 5 balls, 155 minutes

5b warmup, casc varied, shower - 15 min.   Clean flash of shower; and 6 and 7 throws' attempts of it to collapse. #technique (focus) - Firing up to the same not all too high spot.   Also some "fastest" here already again.
5b 52567 - 25 min.   Bad; was happy with only a 5.th side clean at last.
7b casc - 110 min.   Never got that wheel turnin'; hardly ever got a well-shaped top of pattern to go on from .. guess my main fault that kept me from finding my pattern and connecting to its top well, was, that I wanted too much and did too tensed most the time.
[ #technique, #SoL, #mentec(?), #endupatt ] - Maybe, for the pattern to snap-in, once it's up and finished launching, you have to do a lot of things - if not everything - right in just one instant .. do an extra switch into "keep-up"-mode, which is a hurdle to take to get it rollin'.
Got 43, 41, 43 cl, 45 throws longest runs.   [ daily7b II: 45 ]
5b fastest - 5 min.

Total practice time: 155 minutes

Location: sports area´s parking area

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18th August 2016

7b_wizard

# 7 balls, 5 ball tricks, #StagesOfLearning, #mentec, 9 balls flashing, 5 balls, 270 minutes

5b casc varied, tricks - ~30 min.
Endured 350+ throws.  
High. Accurate, partly wristy, 9-high. Very, b-d-high.
Shower. Found, lower makes better ratio for height with less dwell-time and less effort and can be done speedier. About 9-high, that is .. had been doing very like b-d-high with hopping, which seemingly isn't necessary. Didn't get any more than 8 throws, though. Don't like it, the shower.
Single reachover columns. (5-high column to be fetched there by catchhand reaching over and thrown back to pattern from there, again as column) Got singles back to a few afterthrows. One back to cascade. One to a clean collect. (It's winter-stuff, anyway)
Single bx. Singles, then 2 single bx per run with collapse on third bx. (winter-stuff)
Half-tennis. (rev--normal--normal) Upto six rev throws ('sides') to drop or collapse. (winter-stuff)
All up 180°. Couldn't get any full collect, let alone back to cascade. Max 4 gathers/catches + 1 drop, close several times.
9b flashing - ~60 min.   Five times 7 gathers. Once 8 g in reach (was 6 g). A few good patterns (well-spaced, well-aligned, all in range of reach). Confident.
5b 52567 - ~60 min.   Two times fifth side. Once 21 throws. Six times 16 catches clean.   #SoL #mentec - Did around selfthrows only:   beat--beat--beat--self--beat   relying on everything else automized or obvious by geometry. Took some mental effort to switch, then felt simple as an algorithm for doing.
7b casc - ~115 min.   53, break, 41, 46 throws runs longer than 40 th.   Not really good today .. changed spot, saved grashoppers out of my 'arena', turning into more shady clouds (not the bright ones) all the time, some mosquitos and one or other horsefly, no perpetual practise rhythm.   [ dailyLongestRun7b: 53 ]
5b fastest - ~5 min.   Good speed, good runs.

Total practice time: 270 minutes

Location: uneven cobbles under bridge + rivershore meadow

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5th June 2016

7b_wizard

# 7 balls, 5 ball tricks, #mentec, #StagesOfLearning, 275 minutes

5b 56752 - ~90 min.   Many fourth sides. Four times 16 gathers, no drop (=surely wrong hand collects, wrong digit, sth).   # mentec # SoL - Thinking of the second 5 as getting rid of that ball for a lot more to land on that side, gives it a ``meaning´´. That in turn enables me to think of the whole pattern as threading beads onto a chain on that side, and, even more important: instantly unraveling it from below as soon as the highest ``bead´´ (the 7) is up. So maybe this pattern is best thought of ``from the bottom´´ (instead of focussing the top), which of course requires good automized high throws.   Getting there, partly getting the feel of it.
7b casc - ~185 min.   ,,,47 -- 43 ,,,,,41 ,49 ,,41 ,41 ,,[X] ,,,42 ,,,42 ,,,48 ,,,,, throws runs longer than 40 th. [Commas = timeline; " -- " = consecutive runs; [X] = break]   (backache rather worse)   [ dailyLongestRun7b: 49 ]

Total practice time: 275 minutes

Location: uneven cobbles under bridge

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11th May 2016

7b_wizard

# 7 balls, 3 clubs basics, 3 clubs tricks, 3 heavy balls, 5 heavy balls, 5 balls, 5 ball tricks, #mentec, 205 minutes

3c basics - ~5 min 40, 200 doubles. 14, 16 triples. 3 quadruples.
3c 34530 - ~5 min. (single, double, triple, single) 2 sides, looking forward to three lol. #mentec - Did "instantly forget what's thrown and released" .. usually i kind of check if the spin came well (if it will turn and land as should), which makes me think slower, not with the mind be in pattern's beat. However, that works only when the throws come (automized) well, else i get battered with half-spins much worse. Felt great though, like having some spare millisecs to have an eye on and juggling the whole pattern (not single throws).
3b 200gr, freestyle, misc - ~15 min.
5 heavy balls, 200 gr casc - ~10 min.
5b casc varied - ~20 min.
5b 56752 - ~5 min. Bad.
7b casc - ~50 min. ,, 51,,, 59, throws runs longer than 40 th. [Commas = timeline]
(forced rain- & snack-break, 10')
5b endure - ~5 min. 88 and 507 throws.   [ dailyLongestRun5b: 507 ]
(drove to other site for here were puddles now, 25')
7b casc - ~90 min. ( completely lost my fitness, cold muscles now .. should 'a re-warmed up with <7b ) ,,,,, 53,,,,, throws runs longer than 40 th.   [ dailyLongestRun7b: 59 ]

Total practice time: 205 minutes

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5th April 2016

7b_wizard

# 7 balls, 5 balls, #efficiency, #endupatt, #mentec, #technique, #fractalPractise, 160 minutes

5b casc varied - ~10 min.   Usual.   And endured 489 throws (only run).
7b casc - ~150 min.   ,,, 43,,,, ~40+,,,,,, throws runs longer than 38 th. [Commas = timeline]   Long dull worn phase: doing wrong is more strenuous than doing right, and can tear you down into dulling time away .. still mostly do it wrong instinctively - mostly have to willingly  d e c i d e  to
a) heartily not launch the first four throws too low [I do ladder start],
b) aim well where I want the top of the pattern, (visualize it, spot it in the empty air above, think of it)
c) put that top of the pattern almost above head (= juggle near the body),
d) do nimble from loosened wrists,
e) then simply feed the top of the pattern,
f) scooping some, throwing somewhat more from inside (but that's later, for running pattern, drift-stuff, at 25 to 35 throws). Only sometimes, when I'm `well connected´, when I `got the knack´, do I do all of these automatically, even instinctively right without thinking, and juggle will then be easy & swift & relaxed even, but mostly not (maybe futilely focussing on what can't be granted while doing previous steps wrong). Going back to launching well, exaggerating flapping wrists, speeding up, should then slowly get back into again, get running patterns in the first place, to then further work on later problems like drifts. #fractalPractise   [ dailyLongestRun7b: 43 ]

Total practice time: 160 minutes

Location: uneven cobbles under bridge

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13th March 2016

7b_wizard

# 7 balls, 5 balls, #mentec, 115 minutes

(daily constant sucking windchill again - just two degrees° under "mild" and just a ft/sec faster than "breeze")
5b casc varied - ~15 min. (Bubbles)   High, very high; pulse wide\\narrow; fastest.
7b casc - ~100 min.   ,,, 49, 41, [*],,, 49, 49,, 44 (45 reflex),,, throws runs longer than 38 th. [Commas = timeline]
[*] - got a few good sweet easy runs round 29-33 throws here, then a longer 'dull' phase (took a while 'til I noticed) : --> Every single run needs `individual attention´! (at least when still learning, improving)   [ dailyLongestRun7b: 49 ]

Total practice time: 115 minutes

Location: rivershore-meadow

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15th February 2016

7b_wizard

# 5 balls, #mentec, #endupatt, 110 minutes

5b endure - 110 min.   377 (early @ 10'), 400 (@ 50'), 337, 431 (@ 90'), 339, 599 (last run) throws runs longer than 320 th.   When I managed to settle into a really relaxed and stable pattern, I try to think of it as sth like this (considerably faster, though): http://trumpetb.net/loco/locoimages/rodsmed.gif to keep it going, and imagine, every monotoneous turn of the wheel (=ball's orbits) and every sound of the piston rod (=catch-sounds, the beat) gets me home to that very long run done. :o)     [ dailyLongestRun5b: 599 ]

[ edit "fractalPractise", 6. Feb: single run ]

Total practice time: 110 minutes

Location: indoors low ceiling

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24th January 2016

7b_wizard

# 5 balls, 5 ball tricks, #mentec, 130 minutes

5b endure -110 min.   323, 389, 447, 525, 435, 559, 579, 411, 569 throws runs longer than 320 th.   Casually getting upto ~400 now without too critical outbreakers + effortish recovering needed, with mostly easy  ( = rather stable, easy to hold up ),  partly easiest  ( = even relaxed, unforcedly very stable, like doing a walk, like by itself )  pattern.  Still do need like minimum 20' to 40' to 'settle' with and get tuned to pattern before I get 4oo-5oo.   [ dailyLongestRun5b: 579 ]
5b single bx - 20 min.   Once 3 per run + 2-3 throws to clean collect; once 2/r + few throws to breakdown.   #mentec - "Near to body!" (not so far ahead) and all throws! .. here also! .. remarkable how after decades of juggling one still always again and again makes beginner's faults when learning sth new!? It's not lethal getting a ball in the face! No reason to throw so far ahead! Instinct.

Total practice time: 130 minutes

Location: indoors low ceiling

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