I can't remember the last time I was so nervous, but wicked excited too! Signing the waiver I had to talk myself down from backing out. Getting ready for this class was the reason I've kept going to the gym all year, even when I didn't want to. No way was I backing out now!
|My first look at the net. Oh my!|
We had seven first-time flyers and three instructors for our class (max is 12 students). It was a family of four, a mother/daughter duo, and me. After the 'ground school' lesson each of the instructors took their posts: one climbed the ladder up to the platform, another grabbed the rope that would keep us from falling, and the third manned the ladder, getting us hooked up to the guy lines when it was our turn to go.
|I have to climb that?|
To be fair, the spotter had a very firm grip on my belt and was using her weight as a counterbalance, but it didn't feel safe. I honestly did not think I could remove my left hand to reach for the bar. Bless the spotter; when gentle encouragement didn't work, she shouted at me; that I could do it. And what do you know - I did!
|You want me to do what?|
|I did it! I really did!|
Everyone else got to do a transfer; I decided I'd better wait until next time. Next time, you ask? Yep, they offered a two-for-one deal. If you signed up for another class before you left, you got a third free. I've signed up; figure it will likely take that long before I'm ready to do a transfer.
Next class is April 21. That gives me a little over a month to work on my core strength, which is what it turns out I need. My arm strength surprisingly was fine, but at this point I can only lift my right foot about 3 inches off the ground; my right front hip flexer is sooo tired. Won't be surprised if I walk with an odd hitch in my gate tomorrow. But what a motivation to keep visiting the gym!
My brother, sister and their kids are all supposed to be coming to visit this summer. Wonder what they'd think of a trapeze class as part of their vacation? Kids as young as six are allowed, though you have to be twelve to do the transfer.
You are my newest hero! I would have been such a chicken. I'm fine with climbing up things, but ask me to look over the edge once I get up there, and I turn to a big ol' lump of jello (makes me real popular when we hike up mountains). Good for you!!ReplyDelete
wow,you are brave! and to sign up for 2 more is even more impressive. looking forward to reading about what happens next month.ReplyDelete
Karen, that sounds like so much fun! In a scary way. I can't wait to hear about your next class, which coincidentally will be on my birthday. :)ReplyDelete
Here's a video of someone I know using a hula hoop on the trapeze: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkRnE61skJE Crazy, huh?
What a great tale to tell. Congratulations that was quite an accomplishment. Have a great time on your next two classes.ReplyDelete
Did I mention I've always had a fear of heights?ReplyDelete
The good thing was once I jumped from the platform, everything happens so fast and I was trying so hard to do as told I didn't have much room left over for fear.
With the extra two classes I figure I can get to where everyone else was by the end of their first class. Perseverance making up for lack of skill! :)