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20th February 2018


# #PR, #efficiency, #structuredPractise, 170 minutes

7' - 5 prop mix, 4b1c - two times 6 rounds, once clean, an 8 rounds slipped to collapse. too short stints - doesn't really work well like that, seems inefficient.

92' + 71' - 5b rev casc \ varied - .. ~10 min big & rowing (37 t), then small & speedy (35 t), then pulsing, .. 111 (@ 25'), 180 (@ 30'), 121, 149, 124, 112, 119, 137, 129, 153, 179, 215 c cl (full caught no drop, but a last wronghand-catch, a self. new #PR), 116, 116, 195, //15'// 145, 130, 183, throws runs longer than 110 throws. [ 5b reverse cascade progress: 215 ] among if not the best yield(s) ever gotten in longer good phases.

Total practice time: 170 minutes

Location: indoors low ceiling

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2nd December 2017


# 5 ball tricks, #psychologic, #efficiency, #structuredPractise, #reflecting, #technique, #endupatt, 156 minutes

[ daily7b II: 0 ]

60' + 30' + 66' - 5b rev casc - 73 (30'), 76 (50'), 73, 73 cl, 71 cl, //5'//, 73 cl, 73 cl, //20'//, 72, 77 cl, 71 cl, 74 cl, 71, 93, /*, 93 throws. [ 5b reverse cascade progress: 93 ]
/* - had not been scooping wide enough (got columns, several collisons), and also didn't focus on pattern's top well - not that I wouldn't have tried all the time .. simply didn't manage, it didn't work. - Guess, I was too much fixed on doing relaxed, gettin' the easiest way, with smaller pattern, thus smaller hand movements, thus smaller scoop, yet doing on good height, so, getting too narrow patterns. - Varying patterns a bit would have found that out earlier!? Also more awarely reflecting what kept me stuck at 73 throws would've. ( but, doing "easiest", which is imo an optimal way to practise, I never got the idea, there might be anything else that could improve my practise ) - More precisely: daring to free and move the arms, the elbows out wider a bit, instead instinctively keeping the pattern near with me (and trying to scoop more, but with arms stuck to the body), is the thing.

Total practice time: 156 minutes

Location: indoors low ceiling

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25th November 2017


# 5 ball tricks, #list, #exercises, #focus, #mentec, #StagesOfLearning, #efficiency, #endupatt, #ThinkAs, #structuredPractise, #reflecting, #technique, 160 minutes

[ daily7b II: 0 ]

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:

  1. - trapezium - throwing along the sides of a trapezium, with shared flightpoint high up - ~40 throws, .. it turned out, that focussing either on aiming the shared flightpoint or else on doing the throwing movement along the trapezium's sides in that angle are two different focusses

  2. - ``over´´ the pattern, along it's inner part - seeing where I'm throwing, what I'm doing + a second focus on height are better here, .. got ~24

  3. - similar: "to the middle", through an imagined horizontal ring, focus on where balls should land (less on right height) - chaotic, already a little landing spread disconcerts, useless without also scooping well (didn't even pay attention to balls on collision course) - had 21 throws

  4. - nice bowy weakhand throws (no matter anything else, but including height of the bows thrown course) - 24 t

  5. - along the high incoming ball - 47 cl, .. in case of bad timing gives unconstant height (corresponding to - in the moment that I throw and aim - .. to where the oriented on ball is, when, early or late, it's on a different height), .. is also pattern's top, i just realize, .. merged into remote controlling a top's 3b rev cascade!?

  6. - with active thumbs, in a scope of a) thumb in case helping or sustaining, stabilizing, to b) gripping every throw with also the thumb and it being active also at release; overall catching nearer to or in the palm then (rather than in a fingerbasket) - ~23 t?

Not easy or obvious to switch between mindstates or focusses.

40' - repeat:

  1. - trapezium, to shared flightpoint - 39, 41 throws

  2. - over the pattern - clear view, nothing to imagine, .. doesn't in any way enforce scooping well, .. maybe nothing to orient on when pattern (is about to) fall apart, .. 53 cl

  3. - similar: "to the middle" - not so good. ~16-20

  4. - whd leads, prio & focus on nice bowy whd throws - 47 cl, ~40?, 67, couldn't soon soon confirm this longest upto now run in this session

  5. a variation of this could be with prior focus on anything weakhand does, on nothing of that in particular, in no special distinct mode.

    /break, 25'/

    35' -
  6. - along highest incoming ball / remote controlling a 3b rev cascade top - 49 throws (actually doing "over the pattern" here), .. one bad throw and your orientation is gone in this mode

  7. - active thumbs - 33 t

  8. - trapezium, along sides - 31, 31 ("over the pattern"), 53 t (loosely, merged into "over the pattern" again).

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

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8th November 2017


# 5 ball tricks, 3 ball tricks, #exercises, #StagesOfLearning, #structuredPractise, #otu, #list, #focus, 115 minutes

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

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5th August 2017


# 7 balls, #structuredPractise, 3 heavy balls, 9 balls flashing, 5 heavy balls, 178 minutes

3b 200gr, freestyle, misc - 25 min.
5 heavy balls, 200 gr casc - 5 min.   Short 7-high runs - too high for ``wristy´´ but doing with arms rowing a lot.
9b flashing - 18 min.   Two times 7 gathers, the early first of which an 8 g -almost  ( bumped off out of reach from full catchhand, which means a) the ball came too low, b) I didn't make it to where it landed fast enough with catchhand and didn't have time to get under it with the gap of my outstretched index, which in turn also means: too great spread between the balls landing. - Short: still unclean, which means, I can get 8 gathers even with an unclean launch ;o] ).
7b casc - 130 min.   One only 54 throws early long run; the rest below upto 42 t.
 There is no same everyday procedure, no same scheme, no same course for my 7b stints:
.. sometimes it's fresh juggling with gorgeous feel and patterns early in the stint, right from the beginning and then I slowly by slowly lose that swift ado when trying to keep it, to stay on that level and to get (more) longer runs, until it becomes tensed; I will then notice and go back to trying to do (short runs) accurate instead forcing a lot and, e.g. by varying and doing differently ( different pattern-shapes, different posture, different technique, different speeds & hights, .. ), then work or else bluntly fight myself back into acceptable runs towards end of stint (often without wholly finding back into that initial skill); ..
.. sometimes it takes an hour or more to even find into swift juggling, good patterns and acceptable runs; I might then get or get not a long good phase and get into real good practise; ..
.. sometimes there's those deplorable phases where I fail even on launching, that aren't even near "juggling".
 Conditions (weather, kind of juggling spot or location, people around, moskitos, light, background contrasts, ..), physical form, concentration, all flow into the juggling (at my limit) turning out good or not.
#structuredPractise - Right now while typing, I remember my idea to make all those variations an extra schedule within a stint (own 7b-``disciplines´´); like start with short controlled low runs, then high patterns for accurracy, then go for it, then - in case the latter went well - either stay there as long as it does, or also opt for 7b-tricks, simple extra throws, attempts on °9955°, °975°, °27[75]°, °977777707[75]°, °57777[97]70°, rev, a single bx(!?), a column into reachover-catchthrow(!?), then focus on launching right into the snapped-in pattern full in the right rhythm an' all (difficult), then do as "fastest", lowest runs as would go, then start over again ( with short controlled runs a.s.o. ). Also walking, turning with the pattern. An extra stint within the stint could also be, to go through all possible focusses   ( crossing point, hand's movement, angels at release, front plane, aim the landing spot (where the other hand is, instead up into a space in the top), posture, relaxed shoulders, upper arms, .. ),   even if that means to neglect the main focusses, necessary to get a good pattern up, which, for me, are  a) a hearty launch (not too low first four balls),  b) (already at launch) be prepared to do speedy, nimble, wristy,  c) keep or pull the pattern, its front plane near me,  d) focus on pattern's top or the `floating´ top 3 ball cascade. I might use a few minutes on playing with the front planes: throw from slightly ahead back slightly towards myself and vice versa, which sometimes happens in very good, very well controlled runs when I need `tunnels´ (in between what's in the air). - But all this sounds good but is easier said than done when in a bad phase and not getting it at all anyway. It wouldn't make a stint longer, just structured, though. I just have to remember that schedule within a stint .. "start with short controlled runs" .. yeah, I can remember that :o)
Thank you for being so readative! :o])
[ daily7b II: 54 ]

Total practice time: 178 minutes

Location: uneven cobbles under bridge

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29th July 2017


# 7 balls, 3 heavy balls, 9 balls flashing, 5 ball tricks, #structuredPractise, 5 heavy balls, #technique, #efficiency, 5 balls, 220 minutes

[ Had my ``This Year's Day Off´´ yesterday. Hope, no one noticed. ]
3b 200gr, freestyle, misc - 33 min.
5 heavy balls, 200 gr casc - 12 min.   120 throws wristy 6-high.   #technique,theory? - There's those minuscule moments when doing sports, where you relax muscles or bodyparts for a few millisecs .. when biking, it's when the leg is utterly stretched after pushing the pedal down (a right saddle-height is important for that), .. when swimming breast strokes, it's when for a few msecs after the stroke you let the pushed away water pass by after a stroke before doing next .. a.s.o. - those relaxing millisecs are also what I'm practising when doing "wristy" - when the hand can flap back relaxed after release  ( without overflapping uncontrolledly and hurting your wrist, that is, but merging with the hand's circling movement )  before reaching out for the next catch.
  335 5-high endured.
5b 56752 - 18 min.   A 9th, two 10th and a 12th side. Mostly tensed / forced for result, rather higher patterns  ( #structuredPractise - felt ``high & precise np´´ today, guess for doing right after using 5 heavy balls ).
#structuredPractise - Usually I do 9b right after the 5 heavy balls, but it's also good to do 7b right after 9b (where usually there's the 5b s'swap); changing schedule to doing 9b twice, like an usual full stint, then another just short one for 7b, might be an option  ( I don't think I want to do the 5b s'swap between two heavy ball stints, and not as overall first stint before then having to go `back down´ to `only´ 3 heavy balls. You know what I mean. ).
9b flashing - 27 min.   Almost everything to make it a pretty good stint: early four times 7 gathers; two(! more than once is very rare) times 8 gathers; and a few good (higher) ``rethrowable´´ patterns - just not enough of these and without a notable result.
7b casc - 120 min.   45, 51, 45, [longer break], 45 throws longest runs. (dulled away a good part of that stint - could've more really "went for it" )   [ daily7b II: 51 ]
5b fastest - 10 min.   Good, but too much going on eye-height and higher, and no very long run (maybe 30+ throws?).

Total practice time: 220 minutes

Location: shady rivershore-meadow

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24th April 2017


# 7 balls, 3 heavy balls, 5 ball tricks, 5 heavy balls, #improvement, #structuredPractise, #otu, 200 minutes

3b 200gr, freestyle, misc - 30 min.
5 heavy balls, 200 gr casc - 7 min.
5b 56752 - 28 min. Doing around emphasized 6-es mainly. Pretty good yield again: A 7th, two 8th and a 9th sides clean, apart from also several 6th to 8th sides into drop(s). #improvement #structuredPractise - also without breaking any PR, I see improvement just as much in needing less time, shorter stints, to find into pattern and upto average runs and average daily best runs. (used to need an hour, 1½ formerly) #otu - Also tried on 4b-156 again just a bit to check what goes, failing -> adjourned `` 'til cow comes home ´´ (would need longer extra stints).
7b casc - 135 min. 45, 49, 53, 57 (cl?), 51 throws longest runs. [ daily7b II: 57 ]

Total practice time: 200 minutes

Location: rivershore-meadow

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11th September 2016


# 7 balls, 9 balls flashing, #structuredPractise, 5 ball tricks, 5 balls, 180 minutes

5b casc varied - ~3 min. 5-high. Wristy 7-, 9-high.
9b flashing - ~40 min. Four times 7 gathers. #structuredPractise - Keep wanting to part this stint into two parts - one going for collect, and one going for rethrows (with special focus on accurate first four throws) no matter what, but i always want to get 8 g first .. (so i don't get that far).
5b 52567 - ~40 min. Three sixth sides, one of which to clean collect, 24 c cl. At least four full fifth sides that i was aware of.
7b casc - ~92 min. 43, 53 cl, 43, 49, 49, 60 throws runs longer than 40 th. [ dailyLongestRun7b: 60 ]
5b fastest - ~5 min.

Total practice time: 180 minutes

Location: rivershore-meadow

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8th September 2016


# 7 balls, 5 ball tricks, #PR, #StagesOfLearning, #efficiency, #season, 9 balls flashing, 5 balls, 7 ball tricks, #structuredPractise, 165 minutes

5b casc varied - ~10 min.   warmup. endured 368 throws. 168 throws wristy 7-high. ~20 throws wristy 9-high, but not so swift, rather tensed with somewhat too much effort.
9b flashing - ~25 min.   Two times 7 gathers; once 8 clearly in reach. Some good patterns in the air.
5b 52567 - ~35 min.   Finally a long run, way above fifth side: new sweet #PR 32 catches clean (8 sides or rounds) from launch to clean collect; went to collect without need in good pattern, in order to secure a clean collect for the very long run.  ( i have no idea, how to rate this as a breakthrough on the pattern, or as just constantly improving on my average, or as just one exeptional irrational (lol) peak run on a good day in a good phase ).  Had shortly before already beaten my old record with a full caught sixth side, 24 c cl and it had felt like "more!".
  Furthermore, got: 24 throws 1 drop. Another sixth side thrown to collapse. Six fifth sides thrown to drop(s). Seven times 16 c cl - guess I can start ignoring those latter fourth sides now.
  #SoL - The melody, the algorithm, of that siteswap, as I've been thinking as two high over two low throws of ( low--Hm.--low--higher self--high ), I am now actually doing & thinking as ``effort-algorithm´´, as ``guide to the amount of force put into each single digit´´:   no effort low -- Hm. -- no effort low -- power-self -- good thrust 7,   different thrusts in the right rhythm .. of how, what and when the hands and forearms are supposed to feel, so to say.

#efficiency #season - Time to take stock on practise time invested for this: Started April 17, did short stints upto may, 20, only then ~Ø 60 min almost daily, which makes about roughly 105d à 60' = over 100 hours struggling to keep this pattern rolling. Waaaay more than I expected (thought, a few, maybe several weeks, an' it's become months), but it's five balls after all and not at all trivial stuff. Still need to confirm, get it stable, reliable, and endure it some, before I can be too proud of it ..

7b casc - ~75 min.   43, 50, [tricks°], 69, [tricks°], 44, [bx°], -, -, throws runs longer than 40 th.
  Did my second ever 7b trivial tricks - 10' short stint in between:   °27[75]°.   single claw.   absurd all up 180°; got them all up and the bodyspin - 4 gathers lol, but those 4 were late throws and landed straight up, so behind me after the spin and I collected them sort of overhead (had to laugh out loud about myself or some juggling demon foolin' me there haha).   bx very very hard, but don't seem impossible.
  Expecting any results in such stints doesn't make much sense .. it's mostly blundering and getting one success on like ten fails + picking up drops most the time - "success" meaning any not total collapse, not mere chaos, but like thrown + normal afterthrows or + a rethrow done - best I got was like almost a full collect on a °27[75]° rethrow, and a second matching rev throw for fast-tennis (casc--rev--normal--normal--normal--normal--rev--a.s.o.). But it opens precious new perspectives on the ground pattern when for doing claws, you have to spot a ball to prepare for clawing that one from high and throwing it with a fast handmovement, or else for doing fast-tennis, you have to see the whole pattern to fit the fifth revthrow in well, or else, when doing °27[75]°, it's a question of timing and splitting the duplex vertically well within two dwelltimes (adjusting balls, get thumb in between, get bigger scoop done). So, long stints of this would really mean to challenge your karma, whereas short stints of this, even though mostly ("only", actually) failing, give new insights on, and skills for, your groundstate. (#structuredPractise)
[ dailyLongestRun7b: 69 ]
5b fastest - ~10 min.   37 throws counted of "fast", ~chin-to-nose-high.

Total practice time: 165 minutes

Location: rivershore-meadow

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