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2017-11-28

7b_wizard

5 ball tricks, #focus, #endupatt, 258 minutes

[ daily7b II: 0 ]

193' + 65' - 5b rev casc - 71 (30'), 73, 85 (35'), 83, 91, 75, 77, 79, 103 cl, 75, 111, 94, 75 cl, 95, \20'\, 89, 77, 89, 101, 82, 98, 103 cl, 77 longest runs (throws). Got over a weary tedious first hour by merely drinking (without really being thirsty), i think (will look up "dehydration when doing sports" in that context). Mostly watched, oriented on and focussed pattern's top 1 to 3 balls - felt good, fun to get good swift smooth stable patterns and good and longer runs again after a few overall unfruity days. [ 5b reverse cascade progress: 111 ]

Total practice time: 258 minutes

Location: indoors low ceiling

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2017-11-26

7b_wizard

5 ball tricks, #focus, #endupatt, 125 minutes

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60' + 65' - 5b rev casc
[typing while practising:] .. Don't want to bother with reducing to one distinct main focus. .. Rather make sure, weakhand does well and is active. .. (57, 65), .. Priority on control, doing right, easy relaxed pattern, avoiding effort. .. (63, 61, 63, 63 cl), .. avoiding columns when under timing-pressure is an issue right now, so trying to make sure ev-ver-ry single throw gets an inward angle, .. 85 cl, (65', 63)., //break, 15'//, .. doing "remote controlled 3b top" now, or at least orienting on pattern's top, that I seem to have neglected lately, .. (63, 63 cl), 84 more fun, now that sth keeps the wole thing together, .. 75, 77, 72, (65), 87, 79, 84 cl, 73. [end typing while practising] [ 5b reverse cascade progress: 87 ]
Reads like "fun" was the clue (lol?) to do better and get somewhat longer runs, but no, the fun came from good focus on pattern's top with nicer juggling, of course.
Another thought I had: Anticipating, knowing shortly in advance, where the last ball up from other hand lands in the top and how and where it will come down (instead of waiting to actually see it up there in or near the apex), is helpful, speedier thinking, gets better timing.

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Total practice time: 125 minutes

Location: indoors low ceiling

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2017-11-25

7b_wizard

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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2017-11-24

7b_wizard

5 ball tricks, 5prop mix, #focus, 238 minutes

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60' + 108' - 5b rev casc - 93 (40'), 81 (90'), 79 (130'), 73 cl, 73, 75, 77, 87 cl throws longest runs. Weary, unfresh juggling, didn't feel fit, shoulders and weakhandside's forearm reverse muscle (or so) burning after 6-7 rounds, .. watering muscles an' all didn't help .. doing differently wouldn't even work (tried speedy, tried short controlled runs, tried higher and slow a bit, tried going for it, tried focus on weakhand throws only, .. ) .. guess it came from a sore lumbal region. Towards end a few very good lower relaxed patterns allowing to early settle in a flow, but not for long with any flaw of drift easily leading to breakdown.

\\35' break. I ointed back and shoulders with some aromatic conifer-fluid - I used to use this a lot also during practise, but now believe, the camphor in it numbs nerves over threshold, so that I would overdo without noticing and have pain in the night and when getting up instead, so I'm cautious with it now. \\

30' - (still 5b rev) - Felt fresher, speedier, now. Often the pattern was wider than high, now, pretty speedy, but not even long enough for like a race to 50 catches. Didn't get any longer runs anymore (even when I tried normal high again). [ 5b reverse cascade progress: 93 ]

30' - 5 mixed props, 4b1c - bad when I didn't yet put main #focus on spinning `exactly´ doubles, then several 7-9 rounds, nothing clean.

10' - single bx - Upto 3 rounds, one of which to a clean collect, then also once 4 rounds back to cascade and clean collect.

Total practice time: 238 minutes

Location: indoors low ceiling

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2017-11-14

7b_wizard

5 ball tricks, #technique, #endupatt, #focus, #StagesOfLearning, 157 minutes

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

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2017-11-10

7b_wizard

5 ball tricks, #mentec, #focus, #endupatt, #ThinkAs, 3 ball tricks, 166 minutes

Too rainy, overcast, grayish-darkish, cold, windy outdoors. [ daily7b II: 0 ]

12' - 3b elroll-takes - got upto five or six in a row in a two-count. It's not as presumed yesterday a 423 variation, but indeed maintaining crossing throws(?), the cascade(?), a ``three-beat-all´´(?), (but it's unclear how to fit that roller into s'swap notation).

1' - 3b 524RO13 - fluent (but sometimes a few back to cascade throws in between).

153' - 5b rev casc - started with short controlled runs to find into an endurable pattern - 73 (12'), 99 cl (30'), 109 (60'), 93 cl, 89, 79 cl, 71, [ #mentec #focus #endupatt #ThinkAs ] tried throwing over the whole pattern into the middle upto here, but from now on aiming along the steep sides of an imagined trapezium (with shared flightpoint very high up there somewhere), thus throwing angles with portionned thrust in the first place, only then with secondary focus on right height, 77 cl, 83, 79 cl, 71, 90, 71 cl, 75, 74 throws longest runs. [ 5b reverse cascade progress: 109 ]

Total practice time: 166 minutes

Location: indoors low ceiling

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2017-11-08

7b_wizard

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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2017-10-06

7b_wizard

7 balls, 9 balls flashing, #StagesOfLearning, #focus, 5 balls, 229 minutes

5b casc varied - 9 min.   high.   wristy.
9b flashing - 86 min.   Six or seven times 8 gathers.   Several >9 throws launches roundabout: 10, 11, 12, 12, 13 t 6 g, 13 t 6 g, 11, 14(?), 13, 12, or so.   #SoL #focus - [And here's your next ``clue´´ for nine, folks:] "All of a piece"-launches: keeping focus on the first ball thrown during the whole launch then done from peripheral view (instead focussing on the crossing point or on whatever, then only later spotting that first ball), will make the whole rest of the launch better timed after that first ball's flight-time (and goes right into rethrows, provided it's become a good pattern).
7b casc - 134 min.   47, 49 throws longest runs.   If I knew what might have been wrong, I'd have tried to fix during 2½h; but what if it's the colder weather that makes me do with colder, stiffer arms and muscles and joints(? but I'm not even needing gloves!?). But then again - I now while logging realize - I should do such a little in-between-varying-stint as I've done before (high, low, pull high down again, wide\\narrow, ..). Also, shoulders and forearms burning not at a limit, but more than usual.   [ daily7b II: 49 ]

Total practice time: 229 minutes

Location: concrete area among fields

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2017-10-02

7b_wizard

#conditions, 7 balls, 9 balls flashing, #focus, 5 balls, 207 minutes

#conditions near perfect, but later (with 7b) contrasting bright and dark cloudy spots irritated a bit (and did shady ball-silhouettes only). A constant light rain wasn't powerful enough to moisten anything before the light wind had dried it already, so it was a welcome natural cooling for especially my forearms and shoulders.
5b casc varied - 3 min.   9-b-high.   wristy 7-high.
9b flashing - 58 min.   After an early 8 gathers, then 9 c in reach, I somewhat lost connection; noticed delays, even slips, of stronghand's ringfinger ball, so then focussed on holding that one tight enough which got me the next 8 g. After that, focussing back on good, well-aimed and well timed first two throws, thus increasing the chance for launches all of a piece, did a good rest of stint. #focus
  Six(!) times 8 g.   One 9 c in reach.   A few 10, then 11, 15, 12 throws' launches.
  The 9 c in reach launch in detail: I stopped the 7th ball to be caught, ahead with extended arm, caught the eighth. The ninth ball came falling down near me and I had to reach back near with that hand before I could fully grip the 7th ball so lost that one (= 8 g).
7b casc - 146 min.   (41), 67, (43 unreasonable, dropbound), 43, 61(? 65?), 48, 43, 51 throws longest runs.   [ daily7b II: 67 ]

Total practice time: 207 minutes

Location: rivershore-meadow

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2017-09-20

7b_wizard

7 balls, #focus, #endupatt, 9 balls flashing, #StagesOfLearning, #technique, 3 heavy balls, 5 heavy balls, 208 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

Location: rivershore-meadow

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