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9th February 2016

Orinoco

# 3 clubs, 40 minutes

Very droppy, I was mostly vacant this evening. My mind just wasn't on the task.

# handstands, 10 minutes

Handstands were much better, you have little choice about being present when doing a handstand! Good consistent starts, felt strong but balance was lacking, spent a lot of energy correcting.

# 7 balls, 10 minutes

Ok session, best 52 catches, mostly 30+ runs.

Total practice time: 60 minutes

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6th February 2016

Orinoco

# handstands, 30 minutes

Good strong session despite feeling a little bruised. Lots of good strong stands. Still feel too weak to get my knees below my hips for any length of time. Going to be slow progress on that one I think.

Total practice time: 30 minutes

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2nd February 2016

Orinoco

# handstands, 10 minutes

Very poor start. Took me a while to get the feel of things & was rushing transitions.

# 3 clubs, 60 minutes

Very droppy on pretty much everything.

# 7 balls, 15 minutes

Not too bad. Most runs 20+, ten or so 30+, two 40+. Good shape.

Total practice time: 85 minutes

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26th January 2016

Orinoco

# 3 clubs, 30 minutes

Good session, few drops. Hit my target of 20 reverse back crosses on the second attempt which I was very pleased with.

# handstands, 10 minutes

Good consistent starts, good form.

# 8 balls, 10 minutes

Laurence managed a flash so I had to find out if I still could. Took a little while, main problem was second throw from my left hand going back over my shoulder. It doesn't feel that difficult though, I feel I could get the trick pretty consistent if I was more interested in it.

Total practice time: 50 minutes

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19th January 2016

Orinoco

# 3 clubs, 40 minutes

Very satisfying session. New personal best of 26 catches of reverse back crosses. Very pleased with alberts too. 3up pirouettes working well mostly thanks to my dance instructor's perpetual advice for everything: lower your hips.

# handstands, 10 minutes

Starts not that great, often found myself having to spend a lot of energy on a big initial correction just after kicking up.

# 7 balls, 10 minutes

A bit scrappy to start with but settled into a good shape.

Total practice time: 60 minutes

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5th January 2016

Orinoco

# 3 clubs, 30 minutes

My first practice session for 2 weeks & it showed. Very sloppy lots of drops.

# handstands, 10 minutes

Took me a while to get back into starting well, but once there my balance was very good. Let down by fitness level.

# 5 clubs, 15 minutes

Very scrappy, poor rhythm, lots of collisions & wrong end corrections. Several 190+ runs but frustratingly failed to hit target 200.

# club passing, 10 minutes

With Nicola. She's coming along well, her selves are finally coming down from the stratosphere meaning a lot less darting around under her pattern. Which is sadly less amusing.

Total practice time: 65 minutes

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22nd December 2015

Orinoco

# 3 clubs, 20 minutes

Just showed a bit of willing in between chatting & eating.

Total practice time: 20 minutes

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15th December 2015

Orinoco

# 3 clubs, 30 minutes

Had more success with 423 kick ups (4s dropped as a helicopter then kicked back up) than normal. I belong to the Luke Wilson school of thought that the club shouldn't touch the ground. I was throwing the helicopter further forward & connecting my foot with the club higher in the air than usual, this means the throw doesn't have to be quite so perfect.

# club passing, 30 minutes

With Nicola, she's definitely a lot more relaxed during passing than she used to be.

# 7 balls, 10 minutes

Not great due to nursing a shoulder injury (read: trying to ignore the pain). Found myself turning right a little this evening.

Total practice time: 70 minutes

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8th December 2015

Orinoco

# 3 clubs, 40 minutes

Slapbacks were a bit shoddy, left hand throw often underspun. 3up pirouettes were awful, 3rd throw was often wildly inaccurate. Reverse back crosses & alberts felt very good. Everything else no problems.

# handstands, 10 minutes

Not bad. Need to work on core strength before I will see any improvement with pulling my knees down below my hips though.

# 5 balls, 5 minutes

Warming up for 7, few basic siteswaps. Very shaky.

# 7 balls, 15 minutes

Good consistent starts. Most runs 30+, pattern was twisting to the right a little. Best run 57 catches.

# 5 clubs, 5 minutes

Oddly took a few attempts to adjust from 7b mode to 5c mode which I've never had a problem with before. Took 3 attempts to hit 200 catches.

Total practice time: 75 minutes

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1st December 2015

Orinoco

# 7 balls, 15 minutes

Good consistent start, pattern a bit too variable height wise.

# club passing, 20 minutes

With Nicola, helping her learn. 2, 3 & 4 count.

# handstands, 10 minutes

Good control, but lacking endurance.

Total practice time: 45 minutes

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