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( -4°C, freezy, nasty wind with villain gusts, sunny. Vinyl gloves + normal gloves over them, and had fatted my hands before (to keep any warmth). Three leggins. Two T-shirts + two shirts + pullover. Three pairs of socks. At first frozen fingertips, feet okay, later fingertips had warmed up, but toes were now frozen O,o .. my metabolism, believe it or not, most obviously no doubt transported the warmth from my toes to my fingertips where I needed it more )
5b casc varied - ~5 min.
7b casc - ~15-20 min? ~12 throws longest run. Too cold: stone hard balls really did pain to my fingertips. Also the freezy wind drove tears to my eyes, impacted on flightcurves, and, with fat clothing, I felt overall inagile anyway. [ daily7b II: 12 ]
.. so, for simply more constant juggling with less dropping, changed to: ..
5b casc varied / div - ~95-100 min. Cascading only at first merged into a bit each of 7b-high, reverse, fast-tennis, "fastest" (as low & fast as would), a few too droppy attempts on 56752, .. what else?, .. lemme think, .. too thick clothing and too frozen fingertips for single backcrosses to succeed, .. I tried 3ups 360° a few times (which I never do), then (what I had always wanted to try:) 1up 540° ! One of the few only fails got me laughing out loud for that up-ball going anywhere and myself doing like 505° or so and losing balance. All the while in between always cascading for a while. .. then the wind left for a longer while and I was entirely warmed up then, but it came back later and my toes froze again, so I started doing while walking lanes back and forth, which went rather well with not sooo many drops (and which worked for warming those toes up again). I gave up when the wind increased and my fingers (in spite of now constantly juggling with few drops) were frozen again.
Total practice time: 120 minutes
Location: sports area´s parking area
5' - 5 prop mix, 4b1c - 8 rounds.
70' + 70' - 5b rev casc - 117, (@ 30'), 113 cl (@ 40'), 127, 176 cl, 134, //15'//, 129, 123, 131, 127 cl, 120, 133, 149, 129, 127 throws runs longer than 110 throws. Really tried to confirm that long run with another over 160 throws run, but wouldn't happen. [ 5b reverse cascade progress: 176 ] good to be right back on high level after a bad and a so-so day.
In between got 5 (consecutive and 5b) claws from launching normal into clean collect.
A few days ago I got all out of four attempts of 5b single roll_to_elcrook_flicks to instant clean collect, while usually I mostly fail on them.
Total practice time: 145 minutes
Location: indoors low ceiling
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
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
3b 200gr, freestyle, misc - 20 min. (among usual freestyling:) A few single bx + 90° (still not dead solid). #otu - tried sth new: from cascade: normal throw ( 3 ) -- hold ( 2 ) -- pretty high throw ( 7 ? ) -- hold (  ) -- take one ball from holding hand and claw throw it to takehandside ( 14 ? ) -- take 2.nd held ball and clawthrow to holdhandside ( 13 ) -- catch and rethrow former pretty high throw with now free again holdhand ( 3 ); sort of 333..333325413..333 literally, but rather did 33332761500.
9b flashing - 58 min. Three times 8 gathers. 13 throws once.
7b casc - 100 min. 43, 43, 44, 47, 49, 43 throws longest runs. [ daily7b II: 49 ]
Total practice time: 178 minutes
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
5b casc varied - 12 min. very high. wristy 5-high. Then I tried a few [ #otu ] 55555f55f50f50f00f00..a.s.o. (as a transition from low to very high casc) but didn't get over the first two or three f-s. a bit fastest.
9b flashing - 41 min. Fifteen times 7 gathers, two of which were: 10 throws 7 g, and 11 t 7 g; and several of the rest of which were possible 8 g. One 8 g. Several, upto 3-4 rethrows - the focus lies on "after the launch", which latter then comes (needs to come) fully automized, as I'm preparing to get a viable height and hammer incoming balls up again.
7b casc - 137 min. 43, 53 cl, 51, 43, 51, 51, 49, 44, 61, 43, 59, 43 throws longest runs. Felt great, got it well, had that floating 3b cascade top again and that feeling of controlling it from a distance or like by reins. [ daily7b II: 61 ]
Total practice time: 190 minutes
Location: uneven cobbles under bridge
4b Fountain-Day / Attacking the 4b fountain - ~250 min
Had to wait in front of the house, so took this opportunity to eradicate my fountain- stumbling block / repugnancy / aversion:
Hardly got over like 12 throws with it. I knew before, I'd dearly need most trivial exercises in order to get anywhere with this:
- started off with 1hd 2b joining in for single throws ( s'swap 44..4424..a.s.o. ). Then in a joining-hand's 2-beat ( 44..442442..a.s.o. ) as long as would go, then every now and then two consecutive throws from the joining hand ( 4..444424..a.s.o. ). Then more throws.
Those exercises got me to about 20 throws of the regular, 'full' fountain.
- Weakhand did unwanted columns. Hands weren't `connected´.
- Figured out this: one `main´-hand shall keep on doing 1hd 2b, the other goes to collect as soon as I lose control after a few consecutive fountain throws. So there wouldn't be any drop. And changed this main-hand during the run, alternated it. This was a good exercise for both hands to re-join the other doing 1hd 2b into full fountain. The interruptions (one hand needing to collect and re-join in) got less, and I got longer and longer and lower runs; lower also means a flatter angle to throw away from middle (like away from middle in "V" shape so to say). Worked myself up like that, and also by doing on different heights, to an about 100 throws run [ #prEx ] and longer poised snapped-in phases, yet more slaving to the pattern than really having full control (so, still not ``owned´´, but I now know what it's supposed to be and feel like - I've once and for all `seen it before´ now).
[ #SoL #mentec #exercises(?) .. ? ]
All this felt like 2½ (hoping for maybe 3) hours passed, and I couldn't believe it had been over 4h when I looked at my watch. There were a few "Djeeses, how can such a simple pattern be so hard to get down?!"-moments, as even half-long runs upto like 30 throws still felt awkward, tensed, klutzed, very unsatisfying (whereas the exercises with early collects were very much okay). Hadn't I have had to wait for a technician, I might in between have adjourned to another day. So, yeah, unconditionally "doing until" got me through it (and made me forget how long this really took).
Total practice time: 250 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
( mostly too warm, muggy, for effort-ish stuff )
3b 200gr, freestyle, misc - 23 min. #siteswaps #otu - I like to do a (split) °230° when I casually (pretend to) need to scratch my nose; today I figured °23020030° (stacked) for a longer hand free (without having to go into 1hd 3b). Guess, that, 020, is the simplest and easiest 1hd 3b multiplex if you get the stacks well spaced by helping the upper ball a bit with the thumb from in between the balls. It gives 6b-22 for 2 hands, as slow as the 4b fountain it seems.
5 heavy balls, 200 gr casc - 4 min. Low, just a few higher throws.
5b 56752 - 25 min. One or two 8th sides. One 10 sides' run to drop.
7b casc - 112 min. 43, 45 throws longest runs. Somewhat got that aiming into the 3b-cascade-top-part of the pattern again a few times. [ daily7b II: 45 ]
5b fastest - 10 min. Nice, pretty controlled and fluent runs 30-40 throws, less (early) fails than last stints.
Total practice time: 174 minutes