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7th June 2017

7b_wizard

# 7 balls, #season, 9 balls flashing, 5 ball tricks, 3 heavy balls, 5 heavy balls, #nature, 270 minutes

( great weather, not too warm plus some wind, partly a bit fresh even. good form. )
3b 200gr, freestyle, misc - 17 min.
5 heavy balls, 200 gr casc - 5 min.
9b flashing - 25 min.   Bad. Not over 6 gathers. Not speedy enough, inaccurate.
5b 52567 - 62 min.   A good bunch 6th, two or three 7th, and several 8th sides one of which clean. Also one 11th side plus two throws into 12th side; surely a top 3 or top 4 best runs ever; but I couldn't get even near confirming, so I'll rate it as an ``irrational´´ peak run or a ``purely statistical outbreaker´´ and anyway still far away from where I want to overall be with that pattern.
7b casc - 162 min.   45, 57, [ short break, 10+ min, snack and lie down two minutes ], 47 cl, 46 throws longest runs.   [ daily7b II: 57 ]   #season - Also here: not happy with a lack of palpable progress ( that I've been hoping on since spring, delayed since gorgeous runs and yields last fall, cf. 7b entry Sept, 2016 ) .. am getting too few very good very long runs to get any increased training effect on them.

#nature - swallows - not much lacking and they'll fly right through my higher patterns.

Total practice time: 270 minutes

Location: rivershore-meadow

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2nd June 2017

7b_wizard

# 7 balls, 5 ball tricks, #StagesOfLearning, #mentec, #whatIwant, 9 balls flashing, 3 heavy balls, 5 heavy balls, #nature, 205 minutes

3b 200gr, freestyle, misc - 10 min.
5 heavy balls, 200 gr casc - 5 min.
9b flashing - 20 min.   Seven times 7 gathers, two of which almost 8 g.
5b 56752 - 35 min.   After not so many 6th and 7th sides, got two each 8th and 9th sides, one each of which clean. [[[or is it: "one of each of which"???]]]   #SoL #mentec - I quit trying to do or think "different ways" in favor of sticking to rolling the pattern without thinking, just emphasizing the 6-es - a clear line to improve on, I hope. Want like 150 throws, a low fast pattern, and the ability to play on the 2-holds before they do their 6-es, play on the rhythm a bit, vary higher\\lower pattern at will [ #whatIwant ].
7b casc - 135 min.   Started with early gorgeous short runs with low pattern (max 2ft above head) felt like doing 5b, swift smooth easy, ``normal´´, familiar, ``cascady´´ as should, snapped-in, but couldn't hold that nimble feel. After only a while did (anyway) get 51, 47 throws runs (higher pattern, fought for), then a long bad phase below 39 throws, .. slowly got better again when I tried to do more relaxed getting me a satisfying 63 (after ten days daily best below 60 th), and 47, 43 throws runs.   [ daily7b II: 63 ]

#nature - horseflies are out; expecting grasshoppers next now :o])

Total practice time: 205 minutes

Location: shady rivershore-meadow

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1st June 2017

7b_wizard

# 7 balls, 5 ball tricks, #mentec, #StagesOfLearning, 9 balls flashing, 3 heavy balls, 5 heavy balls, #nature, 243 minutes

3b 200gr, freestyle, misc - 25 min.   Did that (single) bx + 90° turn into catchhandside thing again - once around, both sides, first try.
5 heavy balls, 200 gr casc - 3 min.
9b flashing - 30 min.   Six or seven times 7 gathers. Two times 8 g in reach (one slipped `right through´ my index-finger).
5b 56752 - 60 min.   Needed to find into pattern, getting 4th and 5th sides only for a while at first. Then got lotsa 6th, a good bunch of 7th and 8th sides, and even a 9th side clean and a 10th side to collapse.   #mentec #SoL - Tried to think the rhythm yet differently once again, doing "a low Five's wave `under´ the two high throws", which didn't work, then also thinking the 567-crescendo, either with the other 5 preceding with pause, or else, it needing to come right after the crescendo, which works for a few periods, but it's really still the emphasized 6-es and overall focus only on these doing the rhythm (which is queer, because they're right in the middle of the crescendo), that grant for longer runs (almost everything else comes well automized in the good runs). Also, and not so much different, "two high throws (starting with a hearty Six) over two low Fives" works well.
7b casc - 125 min.   Long time not over once 41 throws, quarreling with speediness and accuracy, late got 47, 51, 57, 43 throws longest runs in about last half or ¾ hour.   [ daily7b II: 57 ]

#nature - funny laughing seagulls.

Someone - in half the middle of nowhere - from a distance, without asking me first, pointed a drone right at me. He later said, he was only filming the landscape and sundown and I could hardly be seen only very small, but there would have been miles for such a take with not me on it right where I was.

Total practice time: 243 minutes

Location: shady rivershore-meadow

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30th May 2017

7b_wizard

# 7 balls, 5 ball tricks, 3 heavy balls, 5 balls, 1 club, 3 balls, #experimental, #psychologic, #mentec, #focus, #nature, #reflecting, 265 minutes

3b 200gr, freestyle, misc - 17 min.   Mostly fast and fastest ( doing  rev--rev--normal--a.s.o. ).

[ rain made me change spot from rivershore meadow to plated area here ]

5b casc varied, s'swaps - 10 min.   Tried first time ever 744 and got 4 throws.

1c flourishes - ~5-10 min.   During 20' second of three rainbreaks, under small sheltered part of a hut there, did some flourishes with a birchstaff that I found there: normal flourishes seem to ``stop´´, swaying in the wrong direction before rethrowing them normally (or I'm doing them wrong), so they should maybe better flow into a shoulderthrow. Stopped that and did  bottleneck catch + over pinky's palm backhandwards rolls + into bottleneck throw ("backhandrolls"?),  which went well.

#nature - When watching the rain, waiting, I noticed sudden little steam jets that seemed to come out of the soil .. I imagined an insect or small animal originating these in some way I never heard of before, or maybe some rare chemical phenomenon (lithium?? sulfur??). .. It was cherry-pip-like little beige mushrooms it turned out, puffballs (that I know only much bigger, squash- or golfball size), i guess.

5b 56752 - 30 min.   ( Gave up 9b flashing after a couple 'a minutes - moist dirt kept sticking to the dropped balls. )   Upto a 9 sides run to collapse. 6th and 7th sides clean or full caught.

[ rainbreak, under shelter: ]   3b cascade endure. fastest. - 10 min.   Wanted no drops there (dirty + lotsa hidden corners there), did cascade pure, with focus on reflecting what attention and focus lie on, on what distracts, on where eyes and mind wander, on how it gets boring versus wanting to keep on doing: first, found, that I was losing stable shape and needed focus to keep the pattern in shape; then after a while of slaving to stable pattern rather dully, found, that I fancied to do some reverse throw for a change (but may not); my eyes could wander np as long as pattern was in peripheral view; did some "juggling lower" [according to Mike Moore's hint ] which feels queer to me and I wouldn't try that with another pattern - worked okay so far, dunno about any gain; still later - pattern still rolling on - asked myself if it wouldn't make more sense to do some 3b blind instead (but I may not) .. in a given moment, my hands corrected a flawly throw using a reverse throw and the ``experiment´´ was finished - pattern was still rolling, though - and I did a few attempts on closing eyes amidst the juggling (usually do full blind start for "blind"), which was where I got my drop. [ #exp #psych (?) #mentec (?) #focus #reflecting ]   Did a bit fastest then too.

more 5b 56752 - 40 min.

7b casc - 150 min.   43, 49, 43, 51, 46, 43 throws longest runs.   [ daily7b II: 51 ]

A bit chaotic of a session, but glad, I didn't lose too much time (like last two days) and got some good juggling done.

Total practice time: 265 minutes

Location: concrete area among fields

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15th July 2016

7b_wizard

# 7 balls, 5 ball tricks, 3 heavy balls, #new, 5 ball splits variations, 3 clubs basics, 3 clubs tricks, #otu, 5 balls, 7 balls splits, 8 balls triplex, #conditions, #nature, 300 minutes

[tags in about the order of time invested]

3c basics - ~5 min   15, 11, 7, 20, 7, 34, 9, 7, 47 triples.
3c tricks - ~5 min   34530 - two rounds in a run with cascade in between. one to collect.   #otu - a few thumbrolls were okay (gotten, but no full control or embeddable).   Flourishes awkward, fails. I wanted to freely roll them somehow, but it seems, they stay gripped by at least ring- & middlefinger when swung (not rolled somehow). I'll find out - had them better before.
3b 200gr, freestyle, misc - ~45 min.   At least my 5-count bb-s get better again.  #new - Also lately doing fast almost horizontal wide throws just-in-time-``sideclawed´´ with outstretched arm.
5 heavy balls, 200 gr casc - ~10 min.
5b splits bx - ~20 min.   Max throws to breakdown = 6. Max full collect was three times 8 c cl.
7b splits - ~7 min.   Max 8 throws to breakdown. Max full collect was 14 c cl.
8b [567][22]2 - ~8 min.   Upto 6 triplex thrown.
5b 52567 - ~70 min.   Upto five sides. Barely ever got the flow. Twice 16 catches clean - everything for sure caught with appropriate hand this time [A'll pr this as a first landmark].
7b casc - ~120 min.   41, 41, 41 throws runs longer than 40 th.   [ dailyLongestRun7b: 41 ] That's all .. destroys my nice series of 10 days 50+ max runs .. only ``excuse´´: #cond. - fumbling around with incense (against tiny flying ``vampires´´) and wind changing, and also took a long while till I unexpectedly found why I didn't get any launch well: day's moon was right behind pattern on the side and tore my launches to an angle with many collisions (lol?). Never got into a concentrated practise rhythm.
.. more (10') 5b-52567 in between.

#nature - grasshoppers are out. :o)

Total practice time: 300 minutes

Location: rivershore-meadow

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27th February 2016

7b_wizard

# 7 balls, 5 balls, #nature, 115 minutes

(sunny, consuming freezy windchill)
5b casc varied - ~15(?) min.   Very high. Constant 9-high. Pulse wide\\narrow. Fastest.
7b casc - ~100(?) min.   ,, 41, 39,,, 37,, 43 c cl,, 41 - 35, 41 c cl,,, 37 throws (if not catches clean) runs longer than 33 th. [Commas = timeline. " - " = consecutive runs.]   [ dailyLongestRun7b: 43 ]
#nature - [long time no "nature" lol, but today .. ] the deers (~250 meters in plain sight) allowed for my presence and continued grazing .. I believe they tell me (or: "a juggler") from other individuals.

Total practice time: 115 minutes

Location: meadow in the fields

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21st August 2015

7b_wizard

# 7 balls, 9 balls flashing, 3 heavy balls, 5 heavy balls, #nature, 240 minutes

Repaired my small leather balls, 5 cm, 55 gr, for better 9b flashing, for 2½ hours.

3b freestyle, misc - 20 min.5 heavy balls, 200 gr casc - 5 min.   7-high: 113 throws; 5-high: 277 th. Very few even 9-high.   9b flashing - 60 min. (small leather balls)   Max 7 gathers; almost 8 g (three arm-body contacts, before fell). Once 9 c in reach.   A few well-spaced, well-timed patterns launched (spread, not `in line´)   7b casc - 45 min.   Rather bad; nothing counted over even only 35 th, just one longer run not counted. Not `got it´ right this unit.

(had to move, due to mowing) 7b casc - 110 min.   Not fresh, not all speedy, but forced some longer runs, one rather outstanding (not counted, but maybe ~>45 th + x). [ dailyLongestRun7b: 47 ]

#nature - surprisingly - 'cos no stones around and in the shade - a little lizard scurried over my Bubbles on my blanket and didn't mind me taking my nine balls just beside.

Total practice time: 240 minutes

Location: shady rivershore-meadow

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5th August 2015

7b_wizard

# 7 balls, 5 balls, 3 heavy balls, 7 balls splits, #nature, #technique, #endupatt, #mentec, 270 minutes

3b freestyle, misc - 35 min.5b casc varied - 30 min.   Endure 5- with partly 7-high; 7-high: 237 catches (pretty good, rare); 9-high: bad could no way confirm yesterday's twice 56 throws, got max ~25 only.   Some "fastest", max 19(?)-21(?) throws.   Some "very loose flapping wrists".   7b casc - 100 min.   A good lot good low (but not long), partly swift runs again.   Counted 37, 41, 45 throws + one pretty long alike not counted.   Another unusual pretty much narrow and (/but) way too high run (easy for accurracy, good shape to handle, but too much consuming to hold long).

7b casc - 100 min.   One-two runs "felt like Five".   Two more runs ~40 throws.   All in all (both units) way too much effort, forcing, keeping too high patterns up. There is this really easy technique snapping the balls up from unleashed wrists like that kid's conic plastic-basket with a pingpong ball on its ground snapped up by a snap released .. that's a bit how it should feel.   Found a new way of aiming in that mode (the short phase that I `had´ it): you thrust the ball precisely into the wanted direction like along a vector drawn from it (with focus like on the actual position of the hand with ball, i guess also in relation to what's in the air and the highest points' area, but that I did intuitively or automated) .. it will then go where it should, where you want it to. (But this way of aiming is anyway only a minor aspect that I did not pursue). The reason, now, I don't get this mode by default, is, that I have to actively (decide to) do it, switch it ``on´´, else intuition / instinct will let me do the less unstable ("labile"), the more secure way with considerably more controlled wrists' tension and better control of the slower pattern. Without practising that snapping technique a lot and willingly, it is just very hazardous and hard to control. I had the impression, that technique also culminates in a wiggling back 'n forth of the elbow (thus the upper arm upto the shoulder aswell), sustaining the Chi for the precise moment of the snap-up ( Guess, a Shaolin would browse the energy of the ground he's standing on, earth's core itself's energy :o) into that fingers+wrist's snap ;o]) .. )   7b splits - 5min. ( [43] )   Had half forgotten the rhythm .. needed whole 5 min to get a flash (counting not 7 balls, but 8 catches [4322][432][43][43]. ).

#nature: a huge swarm of (caledonian?) crows(? rooks?) was circling between sun and me. A natural disco-effect by their shadows sweeping over the whole meadow. ("Yeah! My disco needs me." O,o )

Total practice time: 270 minutes

Location: shady rivershore-meadow

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20th July 2015

7b_wizard

# 7 balls, 5 balls, 3 heavy balls, #nature, 255 minutes

(weather: `another good dive in the veggie-soup with big fat grease-drops´)   3b freestyle, misc - 25 min.5b casc varied - 20 min.   Endure, normal-high partly somewhat higher: 463 throws; 7-high: 173 th, ~ 151 th. Bit of 9-high.   7b casc - 115 min.   Somewhat weary form, yet partly good , even very good runs: 51 throws, 47 th. Almost all way too high again, though.  

5b casc varied - 15 min.   Went up to higher than 1.-st unit, 9- and b-high.   7b casc - 80 min. (no wind = more mosquitoes - they favor the eyelids this year, where you can't hit them)   Maybe another one or two very good runs, rest bad not fresh.

#nature: saw a ferret(?) / polecat(?) / foumart(?) / ermine(?) / weasel(?) (smaller even than a squirrel) - looked at me several times from facing river-border while I was eating lol.

Total practice time: 255 minutes

Location: shady rivershore-meadow

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18th July 2015

7b_wizard

# 7 balls, 5 balls, 3 heavy balls, #nature, 267 minutes

3b freestyle, misc - 22 min.5b casc varied - 35 min.   Higher 'n higher, went well; always improving.   Tried 7-high 12 sets of 8 + launch = 101 catches clean to collect round ten times in a row, but made only half, rest failed - two runs with [#nature] cabbage white butterfly dancing with the top .. failed on first of these soon (though I knew of the upcoming challenge); got the second only failed on one of the last throws near 100 c. (=new discipline: catch most butterflies). Did this (101 c in a row) hoping to stabilize (& in case analyze) height, technique, accuracy, ease, hopefully furnishing less early fails generally; maybe `burn an endure-rhythm into my brain´.   Added some normal (as long as would go) endure, 7-high: max twice 175 throws.7b casc - 100 min.   47 throws. One very long run - saved some outbreaker, pattern went on and on, and got another set of 8 throws on top another outbreaker .. was sure then, that was beaten my PR (53 c), but hadn't counted it. However, got more good long runs, but a phase with early fails aswell.

3b freestyle, misc - 15 min.
7b casc - 95 min.   Some more good runs, a good phase with air cooling down some, but more early fails towards end when mosquitoes came out killing any practising rhythm.

Total practice time: 267 minutes

Location: shady rivershore-meadow

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