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.