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7th January 2018


# PracticeLikeAnthony, 60 minutes

Day 2 of trying to practice using the same method Anthony Gatto did. See my forum post for details of what this involves and my rationale for wanting to do it:
I thought I would put general thoughts at the start this time, so everybody who isn’t interested in the finer details can read them and then stop:
Had to get a train to Cambridge to do some passing so was rushing a bit, still a fairly decent session. I did balance warm up inside which was a lot better. It was quite cold outside today, by the end of the session my hands were definitely more numb than they should have been when trying 6ball half shower. Ideally I would have done it later in the day but needed to set off early.
I’m enjoying practicing like this it’s definitely motivating me to get up earlier/do some juggling. About half the tricks went better than yesterday and half went worse, which I guess is consistent with it just being random fluctuations in a cold and uncaring universe.
Warm up: Did all the moving about with a balance stuff, all three balance points.
5 balls and a balance: Went better, I think I got over 30 catches one run
Mills warm up was good, tried 552 mills with 4 balls. Probably a good warm up for 5.
5 ball mills was ok, maybe got 18 catches in one run, not sure exactly.
Pirouettes were ok, got some 2 stages with 3 and 4 balls. I landed 2 5 ball 5 ups in my allocated 3 minutes! Felt sketchy all the way through though and then got 2 in a run, not sure if this is something to be pleased with?

5 ball siteswaps:
10 rounds of 744 back to pattern and then 20ish rounds to drop.
10 rounds of 645 back to
633 was annoying, but less annoying than yesterday. My second 6 is now higher, just a bit of forwards backwards nonsense going on instead. 9 rounds to drop or something.
94444 felt good, got 2 rounds starting out of each hand.
97531 same, 2 rounds starting out of each hand.
(8x,4)(4,4) was good, got 4 rounds back to pattern.
753 got 10 rounds back to pattern.

Got 95 ish catches of both 6 ball async and 50 of sync in my allocated 2 minutes of each. Did a few kick ups to async and few transitions between sync and async.
Got 8 ish rounds of 771 back to pattern in my allocated minute (66 entry 661 exit)
Got 30+ catches of 7 balls again I went to collect, dropped this last few, think it was 36 ish. Felt nice on at some point, rubbish at others.
5 ball half shower with backcross. Landed it a few times. Worse than yesterday.
6 ball half shower. Worse than yesterday, still maybe 30 catches, had cold hands by this time.

Total practice time: 60 minutes

Location: Garden

Comments (2)
Maria - Interesting experiment. Are you planning on practising outdoors in any weather? If I was to do a daily practice routine (which I am actually considering now, though probably more like 30 minutes in that case) I'd make one that I can do indoors, in my apartment.
CameronFord - That was my initial plan, although I don't think I had really thought this through. If it's a mild day I can practice outside in the afternoon but if it's raining or cold I can't :(