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Radar looked like rain would stop soon, but didn't, so i stood under a small roofed area doing 3b.
3b cascade - ~20 min. Had for a while been wanting to do this: find out exactly when the c a t c h e s happen: Like when pulling on the one end of a rope hanging with both ends over a branch, in order to uplift sth tied to its other end, I focussed on the downward movement of the catches imagining I'd be doing the other hand's upward throwing movement with that catch movement of catchhand. In other words: Doing / thinking the throw by the countermovement of the opposite catching hand. It seemed like the / my throws - in the yet normal pattern - were a bit earlier than the catches, so it felt like for doing as described above, throwhand had to shortly wait, delay a few millisecs (until catchhand got its ball to pull down). Or else - in a higher, slower pattern - I had to catch later for also the throw in question to be later. But I might be completely wrong, as it's unusual and difficult to focus on the catchmovement + other hand's throw at the same time. I did get that clear feeling / impression of ``pulling´´ the throws up with the opposite catch though. Interesting tweaks of dwelltime and I'm not through with finding out exactly what goes on there and how to use it.
Tried blind a bit, but got too many drops.
3b 52413 - ~20 min. (4 thrown reachover, so it looks like ongoing cascade) went well in spite of a few drops.
A few minutes of 3b "fastest", rev--rev--normal--normal.
5b endure - ~20 min. 219, 373 throws longest runs.
7b casc - ~8 min. ( rain had stopped, but it was darkish and didn't feel warmed up well ) A hearty 23 throws run with good focus and rolling well for those two periods was best I could get from scratch. ( rest were bad launches and blunders ) [ daily7b II: 23 ]
Total practice time: 75 minutes
Location: concrete area among fields
[ daily7b II: 0 ]
120' + 75' - 5b rev casc - 87 (30'), 91, 105, 104, 82, 114, 101, 97, 112, .. , So, what or which is the "weakest element" of my 5b reverse cascade? - Dunno, ... in good phases with good patterns it seems, the issue in a given moment is simply relaxing and settling in that pattern versus losing the pattern there, maybe a casual slip, ... when i don't get it in bad phases, several issues might be that "weakest, worst element": maybe a slightly too bad height per beat ratio, maybe too little scoop to the outside a bad width, a too narrow pattern, gotta find out if can unless that "weakest element" is maybe dynamic and changes from time to time and pattern to pattern and is difficult to nail. If there is any such weakest elemment in my 5b revs, I'd expect it to be there both, in good and bad phases. Maybe it's simply my weaker hand doing wrong in any case. .. 91, //10' break//, 107, 93, 84, 95, 103, 93, 119, 93, 88 cl, 87 throws runs longer than 80 throws. [ 5b reverse cascade progress: 119 ]
It's going half well, though, - #chartread 5b rev casc - I've increased my average, just haven't gotten the very long runs (~150+ throws) like in spring, nothing way above that daily over 100 throws since over three weeks now.
Total practice time: 195 minutes
Location: indoors low ceiling
[ 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
[ 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:
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
157' - 5b rev casc - 82 cl (14'), 75 cl, 105, 75, 82 cl, 83, 72 cl, 89 cl, 87, 108, 99, 79, 76 cl, \\, 79, 82, hadn't been using the full available width especially with weakhand upto here (resulting in rather narrow unstable patterns), 107, 104, 111, 77 cl throws longest runs. [ 5b reverse cascade progress: 108 ] #technique #endupatt #aiming #SoL - Got short phases with very relaxed low patterns, simply throwing over the pattern to the middle, or up to an outward aiming region in a slight inward angle, with some spacing to the rest of the pattern. #focus #technique #endupatt - Then also sth queer once again: what was (often exaggerated) "wiggling" with the shoulderbelt in past practise units (to get over a bad start or bad phase), today was ( an impression of (?) .. ) actually aiming fromout the shoulder (especially for weakhand side), the shoulder helping, sort of either finetuning or else, providing for the blunt rough basic movement (to then be finetuned by forearm and wrist). But in any case, the shoulder taking part in or even actually doing the aiming (or thinking the aiming fromout the shoulder's movement, an awareness of it), if that makes sense and anyone can follow that impression (or maybe it's `mental´, however, it worked for a few runs). Good practise, good yield, good feel .. gettin' there.
Total practice time: 157 minutes
Location: indoors low ceiling
110' - 5b rev casc - 73, 55, 65, 60, 72, 55, 66, 75 cl, 59, 72, 67, 73, 79, 91, 64, 83, 77, 71, 71, 74, 67, 57, 57, 87, 97, 61, 87 cl throws longest runs. #SoL #endupatt - Pattern, good versus bad phases, i think, stand and fall with (especially) weakhand scooping well to the outside plus throwing in the right angle. Getting this also relaxed (for like at least half a dozen of rounds) can give the very long runs. [ #technique - ] Partly, bending knees and exaggerating wiggling with hips and even the whole body will (in the beginning) help with that weakhand-throwing (until I get it softer from arms, wrists and shoulderbelt, with less wiggle). [ 5b reverse cascade progress: 97 ]
Total practice time: 110 minutes
Location: indoors low ceiling
5b casc varied - 10 min. warmup. high. 135 throws wristy 7-high. fastest.
9b flashing - 50 min. Four times 8 gathers. Maybe one or two launches somewhat near 9 c. Two times 11 throws.
7b casc - 110 min. 49, 57, 59, 43, 51, 45, 47, 47, 51 throws longest runs. [ daily7b II: 59 ]
#technique #endupatt "easiest pattern" - For 5b enduring, I little by little optimized posture, pattern, rhythm, many things, details finetuning, from the running pattern. Today, with 7b, it struck me, what seems logical, that a throw is an ``element´´ of the pattern after all and it would make sense to start right off with one ``easiest´´ throw, and then try to keep doing all subsequent throws alike. I actually tried that starting with 5.fth(?) or 7.th(?) throw from launch, and got very smooth rather low patterns, extremely easy throwing with spare time plenty, but into early fails. Kind of ``inductive´´ vs ``deductive´´ approaches so to say - from the pattern to best way to do the throw versus going from the single, individual throw to the desired pattern. (As we all know..) Often, in general, there's (at least) those two options to achieve a goal, those two ends from which to approach a pattern and improving on it: going for the maximum, that you can't do (then e.g. pumping, forcing, going for it, risking all), as opposed to starting and improving from the minimum, that you can do (then e.g. pyramid practise, short controlled runs).
Total practice time: 170 minutes
Location: shady rivershore-meadow
9b flashing - 30 min. Five times 7 gathers.
7b casc - 126 min. 43 cl, 43, 51, 47, 48, 55, 45, 51, 43 throws longest runs. [ daily7b II: 55 ]
#SoL #technique - Tried to do "Rather too far behind, then ahead!" and standing right under the pattern, also putting back the head more into the neck (looking upwards in a steeper angle), all of which made me do that tiny and constantly stepping backwards as sometimes seen in long numbers runs. But most importantly doing like that gave very easy juggling, yet no result corresponding to that felt improvement.
.. in between, tried [ #otu ] stick balancing during a minute or two. The impression of balancing my 7b patterns, when standing right under them, made me do this (stick and 7b pattern would then correspond, be parallel or so, I fancied). Tried on forehead, chin, but nose seemed best, but I didn't get it very well, so it would need an own stint.
Total practice time: 156 minutes
( after two partly chilly, down to 15°C and below, rainy days, now near perfect again and more warm & dry & sunny days ahead )
3b 200gr, freestyle, misc - 12 min.
5 heavy balls, 200 gr casc - 5 min. Around 100 throws wristy 6-high.
9b flashing - 63 min. One million times 7 gathers. Two times 8 g. 11 throws into 7 gathers. 13 throws. (only rethrow attempts, i think)
#SoL #technique - new little insight / tuning: It struck me towards end of stint, that in the past I have been throwing the first two throws to abrupt, with abrupt movement up as if i were throwing from loose wrist, which doesn't make sense for the first ball from stronghand - a fifth ball on top of diamond gripped four others (and weakhand then following with its first launched fourth ball on the index where it would make sense to try wristy already, but so far, I let it ``follow´´). I am doing them a bit slowlier in any case, but somehow, I managed to even then do them in an abrupt way. If I do those two throws softer and explicitly get their thrust from forearms almost only, I should get more control over my launches becoming well structured (upto now, I wasn't sure, what exactly makes me sometimes get it well, sometimes bad). Gotta try like that again and track this.
7b casc - 128 min. 44, 43 cl, 43 cl, 44, 53, 53, 45, 49 cl, 55, 66, 53 throws longest runs. Pretty great yield, but I wasn't satisfied, for example, I lost several good runs on ~35 throws' mental (or whatever physiological) barrier, and also did tensed a lot and didn't easily get or stay in snapped-in patterns; no question of ``settling´´ in good patterns, which is my next step & level. Nonetheless, happy with a good yield of course. [ daily7b II: 66 ]
Also here, found yet a new aspect, "issue" even: #SoL #focus #endupatt - I am often focussing on stronghands' balls up for orientation, while I should rather partage my attention equally on any / both hands' last balls up. It's surely a result of my alltime stronghand \ weakhand asymmetry that never bothered me, but the issue is one of focus mainly. [Note to self:] Also work on, work with, and track this!
5b fastest - 5 min. (no long runs)
Total practice time: 208 minutes
3b 200gr, freestyle, misc - 120 min. single bx 90° - i get these well and fluent also while walking (resp. turning) into the catch, .. when I'm ``in a flow´´; .. else, when i have to think and `plan´ them, there's way more fails. bb looking - "Aim where it shall land, soas catchhand knows where to expect it!" - a short look is then for slightly adapting, finetuning, the exact catch-position only, not the catch depends on that looking long for a long spotting way of the ball.
5 heavy balls, 200 gr casc - 10 min. 111 throws wristy 6-high. 155 t 5-high.
9b flashing - 60 min. Five times 7 gathers. A few upto 3 rethrows' launches.
.. in between (~15 mins) ..
A young guy came up and I offered him balls to try himself. He did 2b shower and I joined, intending to somehow make it a challenge (not yet knowing how, but I wouldn't do a boring slow 2b-shower for sure): It turned out [°] a racketed shower (otedama?), and catchhand, nearly immobile(!), high on on face-level, formed a basket in angled position soas the balls would just brake on the fingers and roll off it into rackethand. [ #otu #technique ]
Then we did 1b - as high as can, trying straight up, and he released too late and threw way behind himself. I didn't do much better: throwing from deep squat and jumping the ball up to the limit didn't really give accurate straight throws.
To my surprise, he took a third ball, and I showed him, in 3b cascade, there's only one ball in the air for a very long time (so he needn't ``panic´´ or haste), so long that you can downright await the balls falling. I told him aim at some spot or area in the empty air above and showed the about levels with my hand. Also here, I tried to enhance as if it were a new pattern to discover - and it was: Throwing the balls high up awaiting them, allowed to leave throwhand up in the air, and it became an outstretched arms' front-juggled cascade when I left the arm outstretched for the whole cascade, now also throwing (resp. releasing) from high up (yet still circling way down outstretched during dwelltime). Had I wanted to do an outstretched arms' cascade, I'd have circled, swayed, far sideways, like the blades of a [real] windmill, doing an uttermost wide pattern and be doing in the front plane, not as it turned out here, a narrow sort of s'swap 3b-522. [ #otu ]
Alas!, I was too busy with enhancing trivial patterns to become challenging, to check if my instructions fruited in any way.
.. time passes by even faster than when doing with a schedule, when there's people around, .. ( on top of that, people on top, people sitting or walking on top of your anyway-speedy-schedule, you know. ), so there wasn't any left for even my 5b s'swap while I had initially hoped to squeeze some diversity into my longer session like 75751 or °753° or 8552 or 88522 or 7b-splits or 8b-triplexes or 8b-wimpy or stuff, but now it was time for ..
7b casc - 80 + 45 min. (i actually currently want at least 2½ h of this daily to catch up to where I've been before) 51, 47, 48 throws longest runs before break, nothing over 42 t threshold counted thereafter, just one pretty long, it seemed, uncounted run (~43?-51?). [ daily7b II: 51 ]
.. in between ..
a ``flock´´ of younger women were either impressed of me doing acceptable 7b runs, or else keen on getting their engines' SD-Cards full with videos of anything stood out of usual everyday-onsights. They nicely asked me, I'd mind a take, in which case I don't (when s.o. asks before), but warned, there might be no use to it as I might be dropping a lot, but they didn't care. I got a good high & wide run ( which in itself is not so desirable as an effort-ish pattern, but it kept the pattern up and looked nice ), and half out of breath all the while amidst rowing & pumping screamed "YOU GOT THAT? YOU GOT THAT?". I tried to get them to use a code in the title that I could later find the uploaded clip with on the internet (a rather unique simple letter-sequence on my T-shirt), but it became complicated (they told me their platform) and we left that out. One of them gave me a glimpse on the take (just that moment above), so I have a rough impression of what "me, juggling" is out there in the ether. I tried hard, but couldn't manage to hide to them a big grin when they returned their way past me again and they happily smiled back wide.
.. yet another funny moment when there were broadly few people still around, .. I was, again, doing 7b runs of acceptable length, but rather of the tensed, ``trying´´ kind, and a father passed by with his kids behind me, and, in real, or playfully, in silent awe they hushed "(w)oueeeeee" on every uprise of the strenuous pattern in a new attempt. This was so unsuspected and rare a reaction to get, that it made me laugh out loud at them like ``caught´´ by higher mights (at klutzing with effort). Next run, I joined in, doing loud and with notably less awe than they, awkwardly repeating their voicing, and also the rather aged father now did a well-tempered "oueeeee" and we laughed again. Unreal. Ghostly. If you ask me. ( hopefully no one, who did - among some trees - not see the juggling, ear-witnessed this improvised experimental vocal arts `dialogue´ between strangers )
[°] - [ "turned out" ] - #mentec - this is some way of ``letting your hands do what they want or think best´´, being open for any seemingly uncontrolled flow (yet automized movements), free yourself from any fixed (motor) patterns ( and "fixed motor patterns" is (also?, or: indeed?) a scientific term ), don't stick to what and how you're used to doing, let loose, let yourself surprise by ``what your hands can do without you interfering´´, give room for, give way to any change, tuning, ways, that they sort of downright ask for in a given millisecond. Or: Do intentless, just don't stop! ( cf. e.g. "écriture automatique" and e.g. child's babbling, experimental improvised intentless arts, Jackson Pollock and and and ). But it's in-depth psychology and behavioral science and hard (for me) to fully look through and give a clear description let alone definition or instruction - in fact, I don't even know a name for it.
Total practice time: 330 minutes
Location: park on Rhine